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Siskind Susser National Teleconference - "The ABCs of Portability: The Ins & Outs of AC21's, H-1Bs, and Adjustment Porting Rules"
Greg Siskind & Lynn Susser chat about moving jobs if you're in H-1B status or have a green card application pending. Also, Ari the Answer Man will take on any general questions on immigration law that you would like answered.
Please join us on June 10th for the next installment on our national teleconference series!
Remember how Tom Tancredo went on CNN last week and called Sonia Sotomayor a racist, accusing her falsely of being a member of a "Latino KKK"? Well, if racism so offends him, how does he explain this?
On July 7, 2007, at approximately 7:15 p.m. at Jefferson and M Street, Northwest, in Washington, D.C., defendant was walking down the street making offensive remarks when he encountered the complainant, Ms. [REDACTED], who is African-American. The defendant uttered, "Nigger," as he delivered a karate chop to Ms. [REDACTED]'s head.
That defendant is named Marcus Epstein--a former Tancredo speechwriter who now works as executive director of Tancredo's political action committee.
Epstein pled guilty to the charge, but, according to Dave Weigel of The Washington Independent, he'll remain on the job "until he leaves for law school in the fall."
Kudos to Senator Chuck Schumer for raising the profile of a serious issue - discrimination against same-sex partners in US immigration law. Even as several states are enacting marriage equality laws and anti-discrimination laws are moving forward around the US (including here in my home town of Memphis), the antiquated Defense of Marriage Act prevents USCIS from treating these families fairly. The UAFA would be a huge step forward.
Thanks to reader Fabrizio for sending the hearing link.
June 01, 2009
May 31, 2009
The National Foundation for American Policy has issued a report calling for the creation of a new work visa that would be based on bilateral treaties and allow workers to move freely between employers. The program would only be available to countries that closely cooperate with the US in enforcing our immigration laws.
NFAP also issued a policy brief criticizing the proposal for a commission to set immigration levels, something that has been suggested by labor unions participating in the development of a comprehensive immigration reform proposal.
Thanks to my friend Dan Kowalski for forwarding this to me. And good luck to Dan on his new position as a partner with Reina, Bates and Kowalski!
E-Verify Contractor postponement -
May 29, 2009
The litigants in the case over the legality of the E-Verify federal contractor have agreed to push back the effective date of the rule from June 30th until September 8th to give the new Administration more time to review the case and determine its position. This is the third extension.
OK, I don't normally plug my immigration practice or otherwise make this a commercial space. But it so happens that I've written a book that is co-published by ILW, the host of this blog, so this is Kosher.
The new book is called the Employer's Immigration Compliance Desk Reference and it is co-published with SHRM - The Society for Human Resource Management. It is designed for HR professionals, business owners and lawyers and covers subjects like I-9s, E-Verify, worksite raids, the Social Security No-Match rule, and immigration consequences of mergers and acquisitions.
You can see the full table of contents and purchase the book by going here.
Bloomberg endorses DREAM Act -
May 28, 2009
As promised, here is the audio link to this week's teleconference. Hope you find it helpful. Soon we'll try and jazz it up with some theme music, etc.
May 27, 2009
The pundits are already punditizing about something folks in my own office were debating yesterday - what the nomination of the first Hispanic to the US Supreme Court means for immigration reform this year. One camp believes that Obama has "thrown a bone" to the growing, increasingly powerful Hispanic community by nominating Sotomayor and it is intended to soften the blow when he decides to pass on pushing immigration reform this year.
On the other hand, appointing Sotomayor could also be viewed as further enhancing support Hispanics, particularly if Republicans foolishly seek to push back too hard against a well-qualified nominee. Already, some of the not so swift themselves members of the GOP have been saying Sotomayor is not intellectually sharp enough for the court. I guess the fact that she finished as salutorian of her class at Princeton and then went on to Yale Law School where she made it on to the Yale Law Journal is to be ignored. Perhaps Sotomayor is the one and comprehensive immigration reform is the two in a one-two punch to lock up Hispanic voters for the next twenty or so years.
Of course, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar and it could very well be that President Obama saw Sotomayor as the best choice for the job. But that wouldn't be nearly as interesting.
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