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So much for the Equal Protection Clause in the US Constitution. And basic decency. American-born, US citizen children who have spent ever day of their lives in Virginia are not going to be eligible for resident tuition at state universities if they cannot prove their parents are in the US legally. Not kidding.
When I was a young lawyer, I had a case involving a young Kuwaiti-born student who was in the US when the first Gulf War started. He was born in Kuwait. His parents were born in Kuwait. His grandparents moved to Kuwait in the late 1940s from their native Palestine. But they never were able to become Kuwaiti citizens because they were Palestinian and during the Gulf War, the young student, like all other ethnic-Palestinian Kuwaitis, was barred from returning to Kuwait. He became an exile and while we succeeded in getting him asylum status in the US, he ended up having a nervous breakdown due to the stress of having to deal with never being able to go home. That's what we DON'T ever want to happen in this country. Punishing the children for the sins of the parents is un-American (and probably illegal).
Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) has introduced much needed legislation that would link the H-1B cap to market demands and also provide cap exemptions for American-educated professionals in the sciences, engineering, technology and math. There are also provisions that largely target outsourcing companies, something that will probably appeal to many H-1B critics. Sourcing out H-1B workers will be barred, firms that are larger than 50 employees will be limited to using the H-1B for no more than half of their employees and advertising that states only H-1Bs will be hired will be prohibiteded (though despite the claims of H-1B critics, there is little evidence to show this is actually happening - I have no problem with this provision, however).
I don't know yet what the chances are that this bill will move. It has strong support from industry folks, but this is a tough year for immigration legislation.
Hat tip to Roy for pointing this out.
K-3 Visa humor from the folks at Saturday Night Live (warning: there's some racy language here)
Here are slides from a presentation I did at Techshow with Will Hornsby, the American Bar Association's guru on marketing and advertising ethics as well as eLawyering expert Judge Monty Ahalt.
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I've had four business trips in less than two weeks so if you've noticed a little lighter posting than usual, that's my weak excuse. But the good news is I'll be at my desktop for quite a while with only a quickie trip here or there for at least the next month. I've been at the American Bar Association's Techshow where I'm a speaker on a couple of panels. This morning I'm giving a presentation on - what else - blogging for attorneys. I'm embedding my slides in the blog using a neat program called Slideshare and am using this post as a demonstration for audience members. Say hello readers...
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