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    Blogs on Immigration Law and Policy

    by Greg Siskind

    The Photo Tool: Will it Be the Beginning of Government Tracking Everyone

    Wired Magazine's David Kravets raises some serious questions tied to the new E-Verify biometric requirements in the proposed immigration legislation. How serious of a threat to Americans' liberties does it pose? Talk amongst yourselves.

    Issa To Be a Big Player on House Side

    Darryl Issa (R-CA)has generally not been a major player on immigration. The House Oversight Committee Chairman has been tasked with crafting a skilled immigration bill that will be considered by the House Judiciary Committee. The news is generally considered good for those in favor of skilled worker immigration.  From The Hill:

    Issa’s involvement is welcome news to the tech industry, which has viewed him as an ally since he helped lead the successful fight in Congress against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). In effect, they get to work with one of their closest GOP allies on the immigration issue that they care about the most.

    "From a tech industry perspective, we have a very strong relationship with Congressman Issa. We've worked on a lot of issues with him over the years, including intellectual property issues," said Peter Muller, director of government relations at Intel. "There's a good strong relationship and we think he'd be a good person to work with on immigration."

    Tech representatives also say Issa understands their perspective on the issue, citing his past work on similar legislation in the Judiciary Committee and background as an entrepreneur. Before his days in Congress, Issa founded a company that makes anti-theft devices for cars.

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    Tech insiders acknowledge that the House bill presents them with the opportunity to push for provisions — particularly on the H-1B program — that they might not be able to secure in the Senate version.


    Heritage Immigration Study Author Resigns

    From the Washington Post:

    Jason Richwine, the co-author of a controversial immigration study released this week by the Heritage Foundation, tells Post Politics that he has resigned his position with the organization.

    “Yes, that’s right,” Richwine wrote in a brief e-mail. Heritage confirmed that he resigned.

    The study written by Richwine and Robert Rector argued that the immigration reform bill would cost $6.3 trillion, but it was widely panned by conservative groups pushing for immigration reform as not accounting for the economic benefits of immigrants.

    Complicating matters were a series of revelations about Richwine, including that he had written a doctoral thesis at Harvard University arguing that the United States should focus its immigration efforts on those with high IQs and that he had written for a Web site that describes itself as “nationalist.”


    About The Author

    http://www.visalaw.com/gregpic2.jpg 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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