Really disappointing. Senator Schumer says on the one hand that the targeted companies are not violating the law and on the other says they are underpaying their workers - which would be a violation of the law. Which is it? And he disparages the entire staffing industry - an industry that in the US employs far more American citizens than immigrants - by questioning the legitimacy of the business model and complaining that these companies don't make anything. I'd remind Senator Schumer that most physicians at America's hospitals work for medical groups which are glorified staffing companies. Same for a lot of lawyers who handle the legal work for companies without being employed by the company. Or how about the payroll and benefits administration companies who handle that function. Or outside accounting firms who provide accounting services to an employer. Companies source out functions left and right so they can focus on their core businesses. But now that practice is somehow suspect (at least when the outside provider is from India and the worker providing the service is an H-1B non-immigrant.
One of the big arguments the antis are making when pushing Arizona-ish laws is how unsafe the border region has become. The statistics don't back that up, but perception is often reality. So how do border residents actually feel? According to a one new poll, most people feel fine.
Interesting study. The headlines this morning around the country are on the subset of children of illegally present parents which Pew is estimating is about 7% of all children born in the US. It's not a surprise to see the GOP getting increasingly crazy as they know that in the long run they'll go the way of the Whigs unless they either convince Hispanic voters to support them or disenfranchise enough of them that they can continue to win elections with only Anglo voters.
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.
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