Congratulations are due to Robert Plant, the British-born rock singer who moved to American in the 1960s and has been an icon for decades. My February 16, 2008 Immigrant of the Day won another Grammy this evening for Best Pop Collaboration with the wonderful Alison Krauss who I heard several times live in my second hometown - Nashville.
February 07, 2009
The US House passed a bill that got little attention this week that was a step in the right direction. Here is a press release from the ACLU offering details:
Deaths In Custody Reporting Act Provides Overdue And Welcome Accountability, Says ACLU
The following can be attributed to Joanne Lin, ACLU Legislative Counsel:
“All too often, family and friends of immigrant detainees find out about the tragic deaths of their loved ones by word-of-mouth or through news reports instead of by prompt and direct communication. The ACLU applauds the House for taking action to prevent unreported deaths of immigrants in U.S. detention facilities. When detention facilities know that they could lose federal funding if they don’t report the details of deaths that occur in their custody, their incentive to avoid these tragic instances will increase.
“The ACLU commends Representative Bobby Scott and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer for leading the effort to bring about badly needed transparency and accountability in our state and federal detention facilities.”
Yesterday, the Senate passed by voice vote an amendment relating to H-1B applications by banks that received bailout money. I've prepared a detailed post about the provision, but have held off on putting it up because there was a last minute modification to the language posted online and I am still trying to get the final language. A number of web sites have been summarizing the version of the language that is posted online, but I have reason to believe the final version had significant changes. So please be patient and I'll make sure I've got the right language before I start telling folks what it means.
February 06, 2009
Indian-born Kavitark Ram Shriram is a founding board member of Google and one of it's major shareholders. He has also served as an officer at Amazon.com when the company was still in its early days and an early officer at Netscape. The billionaire currently serves on the boards of Plaxo, Zazzle and PodShow and on the advisory board of Naukri.com, an Indian classified ads web site.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has been investigating this subject more than any other group. And they've apparently struck a nerve because the nativist groups go crazy whenever SPLC probes this topic. I would be surprised if the comments for this post are NOT especially colorful.
February 04, 2009
This is more than just a story about how ICE is focusing on non-criminal aliens rather than the criminals DHS has touted to request more and more funding from Congress. This story shows step by step how ICE abandoned its promise and it should be a wake up call to Congress to have better oversight over how its funds are spent.
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