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    by , 10-07-2008 at 02:18 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)

    It was great to see the following alumni email arrive this afternoon from The University of Chicago where I attended law school regarding Japanese-born Professor Yoichiro Nambu:

    I am delighted to tell you that Yoichiro Nambu, the Harry Pratt Judson Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in Physics and the Enrico Fermi Institute, has been awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics.

    Professor Nambu, who has been a scholar at the University of Chicago since 1954, is one of the leading figures in the development of modern particle physics. His work has contributed to our understanding of the world ranging from the structure of the early universe to the behavior of magnetic materials.

    In its citation, the Nobel Foundation credited Professor Nambu with "the discovery of the mechanism of spontaneous broken symmetry in subatomic physics." He was awarded the Nobel Prize jointly with Makoto Kobayashi and Toshihide Maskawa in Japan for their work on the origins of broken symmetry.

    Professor Nambu founded the concept of spontaneous symmetry-breaking, or SSB, while studying superconductivity in the 1960s and then applied his theory to particle physics. His theories predicted the existence of massless particles.

    The Nobel Prize also recognizes his significant contributions to the "color gauge theory," which explains how the strong nuclear force governs the behavior of the quarks that make up protons and neutrons in atomic nuclei, and his contributions to String Theory, one of the most actively explored theories in physics today.

    Professor Nambu was born in Tokyo in 1921 and received his B.S. degree in 1942 and his D.Sc. degree in 1952 from the University of Tokyo. He joined the University of Chicago as a research associate in 1954, advancing through the faculty ranks. He served as chair of the Physics Department from 1974 to 1977, and became an emeritus professor in 1991. His previous honors include the Wolf Prize in Physics, National Medal of Science, Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics, J. Robert Oppenheimer Prize, and the Order of Culture from the government of Japan.

    Professor Nambu joins 81 other Nobel laureates who have been affiliated with the University, including 27 prior recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physics.

    Robert J. Zimmer, University of Chicago President


    Thanks also to reader USC for pointing out this news in the comments.
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    by , 10-07-2008 at 02:04 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    ICE has been launched another raid at a food processing facility, this time a poultry plant in South Carolina. Regrettably, these raids will drive food prices up at a time when Americans can really not afford to spend more money. Illegal immigration has been dropping dramatically since DHS launched its enforcement campaign last summer. The goal of "enforcement first" is being achieved and it's time to start focusing on the next phase. 

    by , 10-06-2008 at 01:54 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Karoun Demirjian of Congressional Quarterly has an interesting take on how immigration politics may change in 2009. 
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    San Francisco Here We Come
    Hammond Law Group is pleased to announce a Symposium on International Recruitment of Health Care Workers on Friday, October 24, 2008. The Symposium is free to all clients and friends of the firm.Interested in attending? Click the link and join us. 

    House and Senate Let Us Down
    The Senate and House have failed to pass positive Schedule A legislation. With Congress ready to head back to their districts for the final push before the November election, there is virtually no chance of any Schedule A visa legislation before the November election. There are growing rumors that Congress may come back for a "lame duck session" in November. Legislation, such as ours, may be passed at that time. If the lame duck session is not fruitful, it will be 2Q 2009, at the earliest, before any new Schedule A visa legislation will be considered. 

    Menendez Legislation
    Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., introduced legislation allowing unused family and worker visas from previous years to be made available for current use, a day after a heated debate over a similar bill in the House Judiciary subcommittee.

    Phil Star: No Increase in Nurses Pay
    Health Secretary Francisco Duque III acknowledged before the House appropriations committee that no funds have been allocated to upgrade the salary of government nurses, most of whom have opted to work for better pay in hospitals abroad.

    NY Times: Legal Immigration, Anybody?
    Every year Congress authorizes a certain number of permanent-resident visas, or green cards, for immigrants to come to work in the United States or to rejoin their families. And every year bureaucratic delays prevent a certain portion of those visas from being claimed. The result? Every year thousands of potential green cards vanish, like unused cell phone minutes. The huge backlogs in legal immigration, which span years or even decades for applicants from some countries, continue to fester.

    Int'l Herald Tribune: West Takes Needed Medical Workers
    Some specialists say the health crisis in such countries is being exacerbated as Western countries relax stringent immigration regulations to attract doctors and nurses. Doing so helps the West's flagging health systems while saving money on expensive training.

    MSNBC: Philippines Eyes 'Election of the Century'
    The Philippines has perhaps the strongest historic ties to the U.S. of any country in Asia. So there is a strong interest in the American election, with two recent events underlining just how dependent the Philippines is on outside forces, particularly from the U.S.

    NY Times: Towns Need Doctors, and the Doctors Need Visas
    Many of the doctors, residents at New York City hospitals, had come from abroad on visas, including the restrictive J-1 "exchange visa," which requires them to return home for two years once they finish their studies unless they can get a waiver to work in a medically underserved area.

    by , 10-06-2008 at 09:11 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    This has been talked about for a while. There are a number of other countries also expected to shortly be added to the list of Visa Waiver countries including several in Eastern Europe. Nationals of Visa Waiver countries can enter the US in visitor status without a visa stamp in their passport. Stays are limited to 90 days and no extensions or changes in status can be granted for those participating in the program.
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