It's off topic, but 2012 was an ambitious year for personal new year's resolutions. I started out the year more than 45 pounds overweight (a lot given my five foot eight inch frame). Though I have been in to fitness, I was still far too heavy. I wrote down all of my goals at the beginning of the year and they included losing the weight, running three triathlons (including a half ironman), running three half marathons, riding a bike century, and riding at least 500 miles a month on the bike overall. Today, I reached the last of the goals as I crossed 6000 miles on my bike (and I did an extra triathlon and the MS150 with a bike century on the first day in addition to a standalone century). The local newspaper even did a story on me and I was happy it was about something other than immigration. Now I've got to figure out what I want to do next year (though I've already registered for a half ironman triathlon in New Orleans in April and I'd like to run a full marathon later in the year). Hoping to report next December that the weight is where it should be and I've had another year of fitness goals met. To readers who may be thinking about getting healthy, I can only tell you that after being overweight for much of my adult life, it feels great to finally have done something about it.
Bloggings on Immigration Law and Policy
It looks like NCLR and seven other allied groups are learning a lesson from NumbersUSA. If you monitor the votes and positions of members of Congress, grade them and make them available to your supporters, you can more easily hold politicians accountable. It's helped to make the tiny minority of anti-immigration voters represented by NumbersUSA seem a lot larger over the years. And even pro-immigration advocates (myself included) use the NumbersUSA ratings to get a quick read on the voting history of particular members of Congress. I just use the ratings in reverse. The better the NumbersUSA grade, the worse I regard the person's voting record.
NCLR is warning that it will publish its grades and politicians will have to face the music with Latino voters, Roll Call reports. The grades will be published ahead of the 2014 elections and distributed to Latino voters around the country.
FAIR and its allies are now making a curious argument to convince wobbly GOP lawmakers that they shoudl stick to their anti-immigration positions even after taking a shellacking at the polls last month. The argument goes that Hispanics will never love you so don't bother trying to court them by moving to the center on immigration reform.
The problem with this argument is that it essentially is telling the GOP to start studying up on the Whig Party because they're heading down the same road. There is no way the GOP will make it as a national party in this country without improving its standing with minority voters and with Hispanics in particular. That truth became even more clear when the US Census released figures this week showing that the white population in this country will begin a steady decline beginning at the end of this decade while the fastest growing demographic is the children of immigrants. Math is math. And if the vast majority of minority voters regard your party with disdain and you can't reverse that, say good bye.
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 email@example.com.