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Bloggings: November 15, 2007

by Greg Siskind

Editor's note: Here are the latest entries from Greg Siskind's blog.

November 14, 2007

NO MATCH LETTERS WILL NOT BE SENT UNTIL AT LEAST SPRING 2008

Legal news service BNA is reporting that the Social Security Administration has confirmed to the news organization that they will not send out Social Security no match letters this year and most likely not until after the Spring. The SSA told BNA that no letters will have been sent in 2007 and that the delay in sending letters is due to the current lawsuit challenging the new DHS no match rule which sets out strict guidelines for employers who receive the letters. The SSA is revising its letter in response to the lawsuit.

SPITZER DROPS LICENSE PLAN

It was a valiant effort by the New York Governor to stand up for the safety of his state's citizens and also send a message that the xenophobia sweeping the country needs to be fought. But Spitzer announced yesterday that his plan was doomed to failure because of opposition from the state legislature. According to the Times:

“You have perhaps seen me struggle with it because I thought we had a principled decision, and it’s not necessarily easy to back away from trying to move a debate forward,” he [Spitzer] said.

But he came to believe the proposal would ultimately be blocked, he said, either by legal challenges, a vote by the Legislature to deny financing for the Department of Motor Vehicles or a refusal by upstate county clerks to carry it out.

November 13, 2007
ICE DETENTION CENTER WORKERS ARRESTED FOR ALIEN SMUGGLING

Lovely.

IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: ALFREDO QUINONES-HINOJOSA - FROM UNAUTHORIZED FARM WORKER TO WORLD RENOWN BRAIN SURGEON

Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa has been named to Popular Science Magazine's annual Brilliant 10 list. That's an amazing feat recognizing the physician's reputation as one of the nation's top brain surgeons. He runs the brain tumor program at the world famous Johns Hopkins University. Thousands of patients have benefited from his care over the years. But the most intriguing part of his story is that he began his life in American as an unauthorized immigrant farm worker who was able to legalize.

Here's an interesting article about Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa's journey from entering the country as a 19 year old illegal farmworker who spoke no English to one of America's top doctors who is searching for a cure for brain cancer.

LOFGREN: MAJOR REFORM IS "NOT VIABLE" UNTIL AFTER ELECTION

A pessimistic report from the LA Daily News.

ICE POSTS PHONE NUMBER TO TRACK SAN PEDRO DETAINEES

Last month I reported on the closure of the San Pedro ICE facility and the scattering of detainees all over the country with no information being provided to family members. Three weeks later, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has now posted a phone number so family members can find their relatives.

BUSH VETOES LABOR/HHS SPENDING BILL

Thanks to readers who quickly alerted me to this development. There are folks working behind the scenes to see about potentially getting the temporary allotment of nurses restored to the bill, but the chances are still very iffy in getting this accomplished.

November 11, 2007
NPR: CRITICS SAY IMMIGRATION VERIFICATION SYSTEM FLAWED

All Things Considered's Jennifer Ludden reports on problems with e-Verify, formerly called the Basic Pilot program.

November 10, 2007
LINKS TO HOUSE HEARING

The testimony for all of the witnesses at the hearing at which I testified Thursday is now online.

OKLAHOMA LAW COULD BE LATEST TO BE RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL

Darn those Forefathers and their Constitution. Why did they have to give Congress the sole authority to implement immigration laws?

IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: TONY PLANA - ACTOR

Tony Plana is the Cuban-born actor who plays Ignacio Suarez on the hit ABC sitcom Ugly Betty. Suarez has had a long and distinguished career on stage and screen. His role on Ugly Betty has a particular significance to this forum because his character, Betty's father, is an unauthorized immigrant from Mexico and his immigration problems have been an important part of the show's storyline. Ignacio Suarez represents one of the twelve million here without status and the creators of the show have done a tremendous service by humanizing their plight. Ignacio is not a criminal or someone simply out to steal a job from an American. He's a good man who works hard and tries to pass on good values to his children and grandchild. The antis have done everything they can to paint unauthorized immigants as a collective "other" who warrant  no sympathy. But when Ignacio is arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and later deported, the audience of this top-rated show got to see just how much pain it caused the family. No other prime time show on a major television network has, to my knowledge, addressed this issue before in such depth and for that Mr. Plana should take some pride in doing more for the cause of the unauthorized immigrant than almost anyone else in the country.

November 08, 2007
MY HOUSE TESTIMONY

Well, I survived my testimony this morning in front of the House Immigration Subcommittee. It was actually pretty exciting and I don't think I embarrassed myself (and I hopefully helped advance the cause of establishing a Board of Visa Appeals to review denials of certain visa petition denials at US consulates). The hearing was recorded and will be posted soon on the House Judiciary Committee's web site. In the mean time, here's my submitted testimony.

Download testimony.pdf

November 07, 2007
NEW I-9 POSTED

This was a long time in coming. The form is really the same, but the list of acceptable documents is getting shorter as USCIS finally gets around to making the form consistent with the changes made in 1996/1997.

Download new_form_i9_announcement.pdf

Download I-9.pdf

IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: GASPAR BAKOS - ASTRONOMER

When I was a kid, I loved Popular Science Magazine. I just loved to read about amazing discoveries, new technologies, and the flying car future we were all promised back in the 70s. I stopped reading the magazine when I became all serious and pre-law. But I recently re-discovered the magazine and now remember why I liked it so much. This month, the magazine is featuring its 6th annual Brillian Ten list of promising young American scientists. Not surprisingly, several are immigrants. So I intend to feature a few of them in this column.

I'm starting with Gaspar Bakos, a young Hungarian astronomer who has made a number of exciting discoveries using a relatively inexpensive telescope he helped to invent.

TWO DOWN, TWO TO GO

If I seem a little less conversational this week, it's because I'm in the middle of a major travel/speaking blitz. I spoke yesterday in New York at at American Lawyer Media's COO/CMO Forum in connection with the release of the third edition of my ABA Internet marketing book. Caught an afternoon flight home to catch one of my daughter's violin recitals and then presented on a national audio conference for HR professionals today on the subject of no match letters and employer immigration compliance policies. Now I'm connecting on a flight in Detroit on my way to Washington. Tomorrow morning I'm testifying before the House Immigration Subcommittee on Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee's SAVE America comprehensive immigration bill (I'm speaking in support of a provision creating a new board to appeal consular denials in green card cases) and then Friday I'm speaking in Washington at the ABA Law Practice Management Section's marketing conference on - guess? - lawyer blogging. Hoping to catch up and I know my Immigrant of the Day is behind schedule.

Wish me luck tomorrow. Not sure if the hearing is televised, but it will likely be stored on the web and I'll post the link when it is available.