Fox News (not generally known for sympathetic immigration coverage) reports on an Iraqi translator who has received multiple commendations for taking risks to save the lives of American soldiers. The translator has been denied a visa to live in the US, according to Fox, because of nonviolent actions he took to overthrow Saddam Hussein even though the US government was calling for regime change in Iraq at the time.
April 20, 2009
OK, I have to admit that I'm a closeted fan of 1970s disaster movies. You remember them - Earthquake, The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, Airport (and Airport '75, Airport '77, Airport '79: The Concorde(!)) and assorted lesser known films of that lost genre. Tonight The Poseidon Adventure is on and I'm of course watching it for the umpteenth time. That's the great 1972 adaptation of the Paul Callico book about a cruise ship that flips over after encountering a rogue wave. Won't those people realize this time that the only hope for rescue is to go up?!!
Anyway, the film has one of those amazing 70s disaster movie casts - Gene Hackman, Roddy McDowall, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Albertson, Red Buttons and Shelley Winters. And then there is Canadian-born Leslie Nielsen who I forgot played the role of the captain. Nielsen was already a veteran dramatic actor of many years at that point having acted since 1948 in a number of films and television shows.
Nielsen's career took a dramatic turn in 1980 when he starred in the classic comedy film Airplane! which was a spoof of those great 70s disaster movies. I was in junior high school when that movie came out and remember it was such a huge hit that all my classmates were quoting lines from the movie. Remember the classic line
And from that point on, he basically has owned the spoof genre with great roles as Dr. Frank Drebbin in the Police Squad!/Naked Gun films and more recently President Baxter Harris in the Scary Movie series. Roger Ebert called Nielsen "the Olivier of spoofs" for good reason.
Nielsen is 83, but still very active in acting. Just last year he had a role in a new spoof - Superhero Movie.
By the way, two very interesting points of trivia regarding Mr. Nielsen. His father, a Danish native, was a Canadian Mountie. And Mr. Nielsen's late brother Erik Nielsen was Deputy Prime Minister of Canada.
Regardless of how you feel about illegal immigration, this story should make you concerned. The comments below the video clip raise a lot of interesting points.
This is the highest honor awarded American journalists - the equivalent of an Oscar or an Olympic medal for a reporter. According to the Pulitzer web site:
Congratulations to Gabrielson and Giblin on this wonderful well-deserved recognition!
USCIS announced that as of today, only 44,000 of the 65,000 H-1B visas available for fiscal year 2010 have been claimed. That is only slightly fewer than they announced had been used at the end of the first week in April. So much for the argument that H-1Bs are cheap labor that employers use to displace more expensive American workers. In fact, H-1B workers - when you factor in legal costs, government filing fees and assorted other expenses - are usually much MORE expensive than their US counterparts.
April 19, 2009
Is it then at all surprising that security clearances for visas are now taking many months more to get? How long will it take every living human on earth to be added to the list? At this pace, probably not all that long.
April 18, 2009
I've started watching the new, very funny Parks and Recreation on NBC with former Saturday Night Live cast member Amy Poehler. The show has a very catchy theme song so I decided to go online to see if I could download it. It actually took a little digging around, but I found that it was written by Guatemalan-born Gaby Moreno. She's got a great voice even though the NBC song is an instrumental. Check her out here. I still haven't actually found the theme song online for download, unfortunately.
UPDATE: Found it here, though it is kind of cut off.
Computerworld's Patrick Thibodeau's take.
April 16, 2009
The government has agreed to postpone the rule's implementation date from next month to June 30, 2009. The rule is the subject of a lawsuit and the government has agreed to postpone while the suit is pending. Also, the Administration has yet to clearly state its position on the subject.
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