Bloggings: October 11, 2007
by Greg Siskind
Editor's note: Here are the latest entries from Greg Siskind's blog.
October 09, 2007
Due to the death of Congresswoman Davis (R-VA) and the holding of her funeral Thursday, the House Immigration Subcommittee hearing at which I was to testify has been postponed. No date yet, but it still will likely take place this month.
October 08, 2007
A few readers made the timely suggestion to
include the two newest Nobel Prize winners as our immigrants of the day.
October 06, 2007
Canadian actor Seth Rogan
is one of the leading actors in
October 05, 2007
Why am I blogging about this subject? Because one of the most common arguments made by anti-immigrants is that immigrants are taking jobs from Americans. Economists accept that 0% unemployment is impossible since the market is not perfect and people don't have the ability to instantly identify suitable employment even if jobs are available. They also accept that an unemployment rate that is too low is dangerous for an economy because a severe worker shortage can drive inflation.
Economists look for a "sweet spot" called a NAIRU - the non-accelerating inflation rate of employment. This is essentially the measure of full employment in an economy. Unemployment greater than this number means too many people are suffering and the economy is probably in or heading in to recession. Unemployment lower than that number means you risk setting off inflation.
Right now the
So when you hear complaints about people being displaced by foreign workers, remember the big picture. Certain folks with a vested interested in keeping workers in their field in short supply (and who could care less about inflation or other collateral damage caused by artificially preserving this shortage of workers) keep pushing this myth. They'll try and tell you that the numbers lie. Don't believe them.
British-born Andrew Sullivan is a well-known libertarian-conservative political pundit who has become known for his previous column in Time Magazine and his current one in Atlantic Monthly, his frequent television appearances (such as regular stops on Bill Maher's Real Time on HBO) and his very popular blog, The Daily Dish.
Hi folks - Next week I'm leaving first to
testify in DC and then to speak at a conference in
October 04, 2007
Just a heads up that I'll be testifying in a hearing to be held next Thursday at the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law regarding Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee's Save America Comprehensive Immigration Act of 2007.Download RevisedSaveAmericabill.pdf
I'm going to be speaking on Title II of the bill which creates a Board of Visa Appeals to review consular denials in immigrant visa cases. For anyone interested in attending, the hearing will be at 10:00 am at the House Rayburn building in room 2237. C-SPAN makes hearings available on the web. I'm doubting the hearing will be on television, but I have no information on that.
The "Save" bill has a lot of excellent items in it and while a bill like this is not likely going to pass in the current environment, a lot of the ideas in the bill are important and will hopefully make their way in to future immigration legislative vehicles.
I'll post my testimony and details on watching the hearing later.
UPDATE: I've changed this post to reflect that I've just been notified that the hearing has been moved to 10:00 am from 2 pm.
UPDATE: I'm also told the room number has changed to Rayburn 2237.
interesting and sad story is taking place behind the scenes
of the film version of the wonderful Khaled Hosseini book. The child who plays the victim in a rape
scene is supposedly coming to the
Scary stuff. But ask Lou Dobbs and
he'll tell you that there are plenty of Americans ready to roll up their
sleeves and get to work in the fields. I say get ready for your
antifreeze-coated Chinese lettuce. Of course, Lou wants to stop all imports
from coming in to the
Many of you have had bitter complaints about delays in getting your receipts in green card and non-immigrant cases. Here's your chance to sound off and offer feedback on how to improve the system.
The National Foundation For American Policy report confirms what we know. The real question is
whether nursing organizations who put their organizations' financial interest
in maintaining a shortage will succeed in thwarting ending the black out on
nursing immigration. Does anyone else see the irony in barring nurses from
immigrating to the
And this is the SECOND time this has happened. Peggy - I hope you get some serious compensation. Unfortunately, I doubt you'll even get an apology.
Peggy Delarosa-Delgado, a United States citizen, Long Island homeowner and mother of three, was fast asleep when someone banged at the door before 6 a.m. last Thursday.
son Christopher, 17, a high school senior, opened the door, and more than a
dozen federal immigration agents and one
Only after the agents had herded her other children into the living room, frightened her aunt and uncle, and drawn a gun on a family friend staying in the basement, Ms. Delarosa-Delgado said, did she awake to discover that her house in Huntington Station had been the mistaken target of a raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
It was not the first time. In the summer of 2006, she said, agents waving the same photo of a deportable immigrant named Miguel had stormed into her house before dawn. No Miguel has ever lived there, she said — at least not since she bought the place in 2003.
The Times editorial folks have some tough words regarding the ICE raids I mentioned yesterday.
The Washington Post editorial folks are warning that the President's piecemeal immigration strategy will be as unsuccessful as his comprehensive reform efforts:
At the heart of the administration's new strategy is a plan to use government data to identify undocumented workers who have provided their employers with fraudulent Social Security numbers to qualify for a job. On identifying these "no-match" employees, the government would alert employers, who would then have 90 days either to fire the workers in question or face hefty fines.
Simple, right? Wrong. For starters, the Social Security Administration's database is riddled with errors -- mistakes, misspellings, hyphenated names wrongly entered and so forth. According to the agency's own inspector general, these errors could affect 17.8 million records. That raises the probability of bureaucratic confusion on an epic scale. In targeting illegal immigrants, the government's dragnet is likely to sweep up huge numbers of citizens, both native-born and legal immigrants. Would employers facing large fines really fight to keep workers -- even perfectly legal ones -- whose documents were marred by a discrepancy?
October 03, 2007
Lou Dobbs gets all the glory for turning returning CNN into the anti-immigrant news network but give a little credit to Jack Cafferty who is doing his part as well. Take this well reasoned little piece -- please! Mr. Cafferty would like to lecture us on the finer points of the law. Today he's upset about the delay of the implementation of the new no match rule recently issued by the Department of Homeland Security:
Here's how the DHS program would work: If an employer finds out an employee's information doesn't match Social Security records and the employee can't clarify the issue within 90 days, the employer would have to fire that person or risk being prosecuted. In other words, if the employee obtained his job under false pretenses and was working for the company illegally, he would be fired. Seems simple enough, except when you have an activist judge intent on subverting the law.
Actually, Judge Breyer is concerned about DHS subverting the law. Every federal agency is required to follow something called the Regulatory Flexibility Act before they can release a final regulation. The RSA requires an agency to demonstrate that it has looked at the impact a regulation will have on small business and has drawn up the regulation in a manner designed to achieve the policy objectives with the least damage to the nation's businesses. This is not mean that the no match regulation would not ultimately be issued. But it does mean that DHS has to at least think through how they track the rules and implement them. Did DHS do that in this case? Not according to the Small Business Administration which last week issued a letter to Secretary Chertoff expressing concerns over justice issue. If the DHS' own sister agency is questioning whether the law was violated, is it unreasonable for Judge Breyer to also be concerned?
Another major question regarding the new regulations is what to do when an innocent American is incorrectly identified and no match letter. No match letters have been issued by the system security administration for several years. This rule setting a 90 day clock to correct problems or forcing employers to terminate employees is what is new. And what we've seen for the last several years is that the Social Security Administration has a terrible record when it comes to quickly correcting problems. And that means that US citizens stand a significant risk of losing their jobs because the SSA is incapable of doing its job. Mr. Cafferty -- would you like to explain to one of those citizens why everything is so simple? Have you dealt with the SSA? Were you completely satisfied with your service? They're about to issue 140,000 letters covering an average of ten workers per letter. Don't you worry how the agency will be able to deal with a million plus individuals? Even if only a small fraction need corrections, the agency will still be overwhelmed and getting the problem before the 90 day clock is up is simply not realistic.
Judge Breyer has delayed the start of enforcement for 10 more days while he examines the legality of the issue. Huh? This law has been on the books for a long time without challenge. What exactly is the problem here?
Actually, Mr. Cafferty, this is where it would help if you actually did some homework before commenting. This law has NOT been on the books for a long time. The regulation was issued August 14, 2007 to be precise. It was set to take forced in mid-September. A lawsuit was filed within hours of the regulation being issued in the court has acted with lightning speed to address the issues in the challenge. If you bothered to do any research (or asked a competent assistant to do the research for you), surely you would have not bothered to make this statement.
It's an absolute disgrace, and Judge Charles Breyer should be ashamed of himself.
Mr. Cafferty -- I don't expect you to show any shame. That's too much for which to hope. But there was a day when CNN held itself out as a world-class journalistic organization. Long gone are the days when nothing went on the air without at least some basic fact checking. CNN's decline has been long and steep and the fact that the world's largest news network allows this type of trash to be aired or published under its own name is the real disgrace.
but we're still going to destroy your family. Sorry, but any
soldier deployed overseas deserves a "get a spouse out of deportation
free" card. Not only do they deserve it, but do we really want our
soldiers to have to be worrying about these kinds of issues rather than
focusing on protecting us? I'm glad CNN quoted my friend Margaret Stock in the
article. She's doing a great job bringing these problems to the attention of
While I feel bad for many of the people swept
up in an ICE, I understand ICE officials have a job to do. But that does not
excuse the abusive and roughshod behavior that has been widely reported of
late. Today there are reports in the
of "out of control" ICE officers in a raid in
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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