I've FINALLY gotten to watch The Social Network, the amazing movie that everyone saw ages ago. And I watched it on my Mac in a hotel room so it is hardly a cinamesque experience. But I am left going online to try and learn more about the people portrayed in the movie. One of the most interesting characters in the film is Brazilian-born Eduardo Saverin, Mark Zuckerberg's best friend and co-founder of Facebook. The two are Harvard classmates and Saverin was the one who put up the initial money to start the web site and he stuck by Zuckerberg even when the going was rough. It's painful to watch Saverin pushed out the company and to watch the deposition scenes where the two are facing off against eachother. And there seems to be some justice as he is now listed at Facebook as a co-founder and apparently received a settlement that restored a significant percentage of the company's stock to him. And it seems like there has been some type of reconciliation between the two. Saverin recently wrote an interesting piece talking about the movie and how one of the key takeaways was not who was and who was not a jerk but how the entrepreneurial spirit of a couple of kids changed the world. His hope is that the movie inspires people to want to create something like a Facebook. Saverin is apparently now using some of his fortune to invest in start up ventures that he thinks have some of the same potential as Facebook. Which is not a surprise because entrepreneurs are in it not just for the money but for the magic that the entreprenurial process fosters.
Nigerian-born Festus Ezeli helped my Vanderbilt Commodores win a key, hard fought victory over Mississippi State in the SEC tournament. The red shirted junior has played an important role in helping Vanderbilt have one of its best season in years and the 'Dores will be relying on him to help them advance in the NCAA tournament.
USCIS announces a fairly modest accomodation for Japanese visitors in the US:
This advisory is for Japanese and other foreign nationals from the Pacific stranded in the United States due to the earthquakes and tsunami devastation in the Pacific. If you have exceeded or are about to exceed your authorized stay in the U.S. you may be permitted up to an additional 30 days to depart.
Visitors traveling under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP):
If you are at an airport, contact the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office at the airport.
In comments submitted today to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the American Civil Liberties Union strongly opposed the agency’s proposed policy which formalizes the resumption of deportations to Haiti. The ACLU’s comments were submitted during an extremely limited period ICE has allowed for public input. ICE’s proposed policy comes on the heels of reports earlier this year that the agency had already resumed deportations to Haiti, a practice which ICE stated would be temporarily halted following last year’s catastrophic earthquake and the raging cholera epidemic that followed.
In January of this year, ICE deported 27 Haitians, most of whom were immediately incarcerated in Haitian jails with dungeon-like conditions. One Haitian deportee displayed cholera-like symptoms and later died. The ACLU expressed serious concerns regarding the resumption of deportations to Haiti and called on the U.S. government to bring its policy in line with international human rights and refugee laws.
The comments state, “It is only now, nearly two months after the resumed deportations of Haitians, that ICE has chosen to post publicly for the first time its proposed policy for resumed deportations to Haiti… ICE’s actions since December show that it is focused only on trying to justify retrospectively its original decision to resume deportations of Haitians, and has no interest in hearing and responding to the concerns of human rights groups, humanitarian service organizations, medical care providers, and Haitian community associations in the U.S. that have expressed opposition to the resumed deportations. ICE’s actions run counter to this administration’s stated commitment to government transparency and accountability.”
According to the comments, “The U.S. government should not engage in the forced removal of people to any country when the consequences of such removal would be to subject them to persecution, torture, or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment… The ACLU implores the U.S. government, including all affected departments and agencies, to scrutinize carefully the overwhelmingly negative implications of continuing with ICE’s policy of resumed deportations of Haitians. One deportee has already died upon arrival in Haiti this year, and the dire conditions in Haiti foretell more, absent a change of course in ICE policy.”
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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