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  1. USCIS IGNORES CONGRESS AND CONTINUES TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST HIV POSITIVE PEOPLE

    by , 10-01-2008 at 09:33 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    In July, Congress voted to scrap the ban on travel by HIV-positive individuals. This week USCIS announced it is going to issue regulations to "streamline" the entry process for HIV-positive people rather than following the directive of Congress and ending the ban. Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) who led the congressional effort was very displeased at the news:"I
    am disappointed that the Administration has decided to move ahead and
    finalize this rule to clarify the visa waiver process for HIV positive
    short term visitors to the United States.The rule itself remains fundamentally flawed because it is grounded on
    an unjust and discriminatory policy that has no basis in public health."Immigration Equality, the advocacy organization for same sex immigrant couples, noted

    Under the new rules, a short-term traveler must meet twelve stringent
    criteria that impose unnecessary burdens on HIV-positive travelers and
    continue to stigmatize those living with HIV.  Some criteria are
    inconsistent with current medical knowledge of HIV transmission and
    treatment.

    Additionally, a traveler who
    avails him- or herself of the waiver must give up the right to apply
    for a green card from within the United States - even if he or she
    marries a U.S. citizen.  By DHS's own account, the "streamlining"
    provided by  this rule simply shaves off eighteen days in processing
    time by allowing Department of State consular officers to make
    decisions on waivers without sending them to DHS for approval.

                      

    "We are on the eve of lifting this ban once and for all.  Why is the
    Administration setting new waiver requirements in stone now?," asked
    Neilson. "The time has come for this Administration to finish the job
    that Congress started this summer.  It's time to lift the HIV ban."
  2. IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: SAFRA CATZ - BUSINESS LEADER

    by , 09-29-2008 at 08:35 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)

    Israeli-born Safra Catz is the co-president of Oracle Corporation. She also serves as the mega-company's Chief Financial Officer. Catz was honored today by being named to Fortune Magazine's list of the 50 most powerful women in America. According to the magazine:As Larry Ellison's right-hand woman overseeing day-to-day operations,
    Catz has led Oracle through more than 40 acquisitions in four years and
    has helped deliver four years of EPS growth of 20% or more annually.
    Catz hands off her CFO position on Oct. 1 and will oversee her
    successor.
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  3. AMERICANS LOSE INTEREST IN IMMIGRATION

    by , 09-29-2008 at 07:42 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    The number of Americans who think immigration is the country's most serious issue is now down to just 1% and the issue ranks just 12th in order of priority, according to a new DiageoHotline poll of voters. That's less than 1/10th of the number that it was in August 2007 (after the immigration reform bill failed in Congress). At that time, immigration ranked second on the list of issues.

    Psstt, members of Congress, I've got a secret to tell you. You can now safely do what you think is best on immigration issues and you don't need to worry about the politics. American voters have moved on. Sure extremists might still flood your switchboard with calls. But there's not going to be any groundswell of support behind them.
  4. IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: HENRY KISSINGER - STATESMAN

    by , 09-29-2008 at 11:03 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)

    During Friday night's presidential debate between John McCain and Barack Obama, one of the more interesting verbal spars related to whether former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger supported negotiations with Iran and at what level. The fact that 30 years after he held the position, the opinion of Mr. Kissinger is still so important tells something about the man's impact.

    Henry Kissinger doesn't really need an introduction. Kissinger's family fled to the United States from Germany in order to escape the Nazi persecution of the Jews in the 1930s. He went on to attend Harvard and then to teach there before being tapped to serve as Richard Nixon's National Security Advisor and later his Secretary of State. As one of the few senior Nixon Administration officials who came away relatively unscaithed from the Watergate scandal, he kept his job in the Ford Administation. Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the 1973 Israel-Arab war.

    The 85 year old Kissinger has never left the spotlight and is still very involved in commenting on foreign affairs as was seen from this week's news.
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  5. HOW TO LOSE THE HISPANIC VOTE IN 20 SECONDS

    by , 09-29-2008 at 10:47 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    The communications director of the local Las Vegas Republican Party office, lost her job today for, among other things, making the following statement:"We don't want (Hispanics) to become the new
    African-American community," Lima told The Associated Press. "And
    that's what the Democratic Party is going to do to them, create more
    programs and give them handouts, food stamps and checks for this and
    checks for that. We don't want that."

    "I'm very much afraid that the Democratic Party
    is going to do the same thing that they did with the African-American
    culture and make them all dependent on the government and we don't want
    that," she said.

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