Tom Tancredo isn't the only anti-immigrant politician embarrassing Colorado. Representative Doug Bruce (R-Colorado Springs) has stirred up a hornet's nest of controversy when he criticized a proposed pilot program for legal temporary farm workers by saying Colorado does not need "5,000 more illiterate peasants." Bruce garnered headlines not too long ago when he was censured for kicking a photographer for the Rocky Mountain News, one of Denver's two main papers. Whether Bruce will face any sanction is not clear.
The Office of Management and Budget has cleared a proposed USCIS rule to allow TN visa holders to stay in the US for three years instead of the current one year limit. That's great news for Canadians and Mexicans who use this professional worker visa.
Despite Lou Dobbs' twin attacks on H-1B visas and on offshoring, the actual connection between the two is the opposite of what Dobbs contends. A lack of access to skilled workers actually drives many companies to move jobs overseas where adequate numbers of skilled workers are available. We saw this a few months back with the big news that a lack of H-1B visas was the primary reason Microsoft decided to put a major research center in Vancouver rather than Seattle.
Now a new study from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and Careerbuilder.com confirms this. In the study, 27% of companies said the lack of needed skilled workers is the major reason behind offshoring of jobs.
The Mexican-born director Guillermo Del Toro made entertainment headlines yesterday when he was named the director of a planned two part film adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien novel The Hobbit. Del Toro is now famous for directing the critically acclaimed film Pan's Labyrinth.
Carl Derassi, Ph.D. is probably one of the most important figures in the 20th century and most people don't know much about him. Derassi, a Holocaust survivor who lived in Austria and Bulgaria before coming to the US at age 16, is one of the developers of the original oral contraceptive pill. PBS' outstanding series American Experience profiled the "Pill" in a recent episode and described the impact of the drug:
In May 1960, the FDA approved the sale of a pill that arguably would have a greater impact on American culture than any other drug in the nation's history. For women across the country, the contraceptive pill was liberating: it allowed them to pursue careers, fueled the feminist and pro-choice movements and encouraged more open attitudes towards sex.
Dr. Derassi's career took dramatic turns after inventing the Pill in the 50s. In the 60s, he founded a company that created a hormone to control fleas and other insects. His company was bought by Occidental Petroleum, making Derassi a very wealthy man.
Derassi has used his wealth to become a supporter of up and coming artists. And he has become a prolific author of fiction and non-fiction books as well as a number of plays.
NAFSA, the organization representing the nation's foreign student advisers, has posted a very helpful, very detailed 30 page document explaining the new OPT rule.
A cute way to present some serious comments.
Coke claims their lawyer ads have real lawyers. I'd LOVE to know who this fellow member of the bar is. This is great!
This looks like a first. Protesters in New York City rallied against Dunkin' Donuts use of the federal electronic employment verification system.
German-born Arno Motulsky is the founder of the field of pharmacogenomics, the role of genetic variation in response to drugs. The 84 year old is still actively working and is the subject of a nice interview in this morning's New York Times.
Motulsky also has a fascinating personal story. He is one of the survivors of the S.S. St. Louis. The story of the St. Louis was told in the famous file Voyage of the Damned. The ship was filled with German Jews fleeing Nazi Germany in 1939. The passengers had secured visas to Cuba, but when the ship go to Havana, they were denied entry. The ship then sailed for Miami and were denied entry in America (one of the most shameful moments in US immigration history, in my opinion). Eventually, the ship sailed back to Europe and many of the ship's passengers were killed in concentration camps.
Motulsky was lucky and secured asylum in Belgium. But before long, the Germans marched in and Motulsky fled to Spain and was lucky enough to get a visa to come to the US from there. Just after he left, Spain's Franco barred people from transiting through Spain to come to the US. Sadly, most of Motulsky's family died in Auschwitz.
Good. The statement that management does not interfere editorially in the content of journalists is a cop out. Just ask former MSNBC employee Don Imus. And Dobbs and company have made numerous false statements in their broadcasts that would justify action.
Greg Siskind is a partner in Siskind Susser's Memphis, Tennessee, office. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. Mr. Siskind is a member of AILA, a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and a member of the ABA, where he serves on the LPM Publishing Board as Marketing Vice Chairman. He is the author of several books, including the J Visa Guidebook and The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet. Mr. Siskind practices all areas of immigration law, specializing in immigration matters of the health care and technology industries. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org