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Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy

by Greg Siskind

April 23, 2011

GINGRICH SMELLS OPPORTUNITY AS OBAMA HISPANIC SUPPORT FADES

President Obama seems to be playing defense on immigration reform as he tries to blame the Republican Congress for failure to move an immigration bill. Perhaps he's starting to realize that his inaction on immigration has been starting to seriously damage his standings with Latino voters. The most recent Gallup Poll is shows only a 54% approval rating with Latino voters compared to 82% two years ago. In a close election, that could doom the President's prospects for re-election.

So is it really a surprise that at least one Republican candidate for President smells opportunity. Newt Gingrich had a reasonably good record on immigration when he was in Congress. He seemed to be abandoning those views last year when the Tea Party started to rise. But now he seems to be back in his groove. He's supporting legalization, studying Spanish, attending every Latino political forum he can and has even launched a bilingual web site for Latino conservatives called The Americano.

It's way too early to say that the Hispanic vote is in serious play, but President Obama certainly would be wise not to take the vote for granted.

April 22, 2011

IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: SIMON WINCHESTER - JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR

image from simonwinchester.com
I'm about to start reading British native Simon Winchester's 2003 bestseller Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded about the massive Indonesian volcano. I've always had a fascination with natural disasters all the way back to writing a junior high school research paper on hurricanes when I was growing up in Miami. Winchester's book on Krakatoa and his 2005 book A Crack in the Edge of the World about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake have had great reviews and I'm looking forward to reading both.

Simon Winchester is a noted journalist who is known for his work writing for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Conde Naste Traveler, National Geographic and Smithsonian. His books have covered a variety of subjects including books on subjects like the Falklands War, the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary, the opening of China to the West and, most recently, a book on the real life inspiration for the character of Alice in Alice in Wonderland.

WIKILEAKS CABLES REVEAL H-1B FRAUD UNCOVERED AT CONSULATES

This is not really a revelation as visa fraud has been a problem for decades at US consulates around the world. But it reminds us that there are bad actors out there and US consular officials have a tough job in trying to make sure that deserving applicants get visas while they ferret out the fraudsters. The $500 anti-fraud fee that accompanies every H-1B petition is supposed to help provide the funding to properly investigate and root out fraud. It sounds like the system is working.


About The Author

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 gsiskind@visalaw.com.


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