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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

WE WIN RECOGNITION FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY UNEXPECTED

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Or I should say my firm and our architect Jeff Blackledge. ArchDaily.com, the world's most popular architecture web site, this week listed 12 buildings which should not be missed on a visit to Memphis. Lo and behold, the Siskind Susser building made the list.


My law partner Lynn Susser and I found out five years ago that the bank in our old space was expanding and the landlord was going to push us out at the end of our lease. So we decided that it was time to buy a building so we would have some more control over our future. Plus, we thought it might make a good investment.


We found the ugliest building in Memphis. It was basically a 12,000 mostly windowless, concrete box built in 1971 that had all of the charm of a parking garage or a nuclear fall out shelter. Fortunately, Lynn has great taste and a lot of imagination and saw potential. She found a talented, hip young architect who also saw potential. And we told him to go crazy.


The results were dramatic. Outside, a new wild facade made most people think the building was brand new. And the inside of the building has a chic, industrial feel with fun, bright colors. I know coming to work in a cool setting makes me enjoy what I do even more and I hope that's true for my colleagues. And it's nice to be partially responsible for making Memphis look a little nicer.

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  1. Another Voice's Avatar
    WOW awesome building!!!
  2. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    Congratulations! You totally deserve it.
  3. Legal and still waiting's Avatar
    Congratulations! Very cool!
  4. USC's Avatar
    Congratulations, a very nice piece of archiecture.
  5. F's Avatar
    More pictures please ..
  6. F's Avatar
    Mr. O is inviting hollywood celebrities to the white house for immigration meeting ... Just so that he can release repetition of his talking points on immigration another time . Not sure what this will accomplish though.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/158141-obama-assembles-stars-for-immigration-meeting
  7. Jack's Avatar
    Legal backlog doesn't seem to be a priority.

    Sample comment:

    I am sick of him. I am a legal immigrant. I have been waiting to finish up my immigration process for 6 years now. Yet, I am waiting, and following the legal rules. I understand that's the right way to immigrate to this great country. And this new "president" who was suppose to bring "change" is trying to put all of those who broke the law in front of me? So it is actually rewarding for breaking the law and punishing those like me, who played by the rules and by the laws of this country. Even an idiot would notice that Obama is trying to get the Hispanics' votes by saying he will do Immigration Reform."


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    Here is the full guess list, as provided by the White House:
    Jose Diaz-Balart
    Barbara Bermudo
    Rosario Dawson
    Emilio Estefan
    Lily Estefan
    America Ferrera
    Don Francisco
    Vanessa Hauc
    Maria Teresa Kumar
    Eva Longoria
    Maria Elena Salinas
    Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo
  8. Frank W.'s Avatar
    "I am sick of him. I am a legal immigrant."
    - Where are you from?

    "I have been waiting to finish up my immigration process for 6 years now."
    - Are you a H-1 visa holder?

    "Yet, I am waiting, and following the legal rules. I understand that's the right way to immigrate to this great country."
    - Great country!!!? Definitively, you need to go back to school and consciously learn about US History before posting such ludicrous assertion.

    "And this new 'president' who was suppose to bring 'change' is trying to put all of those who broke the law in front of me? So it is actually rewarding for breaking the law and punishing those like me, who played by the rules and by the laws of this country."
    - How President Obama is going to place an undocumented immigrant in front of you? A work permit doesn't entitle that person to get some sort of special treatment.

    "Even an idiot would notice that Obama is trying to get the Hispanics' votes by saying he will do Immigration Reform."
    - You should focus your intellect on REAL ISSUES instead of ventilating your senseless frustrations in this blog. A simple suggestion: check the economic data of this "great country" and you will realize that the US economy is facing a imminent collapse (lean about the Great Depression of the 1930s). It is fair to assume that you are prepared for such catastrophic event because the brute and ignorant masses across America will try to revolt and government won't hesitate to implement Martial Law...do you have a clue of what Martial Law is all about?

    As stated many times in the past, President Obama will issue an Executive Order granting some sort of legal protection to millions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States based on certain prerequisites and requirements: most likely a renewable work permit (government benefits will be denied to those people at this point) while mandating these individuals to register in DHS database and the Selective Service System as well. Moreover, this presidential decree will facilitate other immigrant groups to expedite and upgrade their current legal status.

  9. Jack's Avatar
    I thought Obama said he had important things to do? A better use of time than posing for photographs with these "influential Hispanics" would be reading the report below and thinking about our immigration policy in light of water, energy security, etc. Think about the ecological (not just political) implications of amnesty for tens of millions combined with chain migration. Actually think of where our current immigration level will put the population and question whether that's a good thing for the country and the world (not just political advantage).


    Report: Climate change worsens Western water woes
    (AP) - 3 days ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Climate change is likely to diminish already scarce water supplies in the Western United States, exacerbating problems for millions of water users in the West, according to a new government report.

    A report released Monday by the Interior Department said annual flows in three prominent river basins -- the Colorado, Rio Grande and San Joaquin -- could decline by as much 8 percent to 14 percent over the next four decades. The three rivers provide water to eight states, from Wyoming to Texas and California, as well as to parts of Mexico.

    The declining water supply comes as the West and Southwest, already among the fastest-growing parts of the country, continue to gain population.

  10. George Chell's Avatar
    "Report: Climate change worsens Western water woes."

    Remove ag and water subsidies and the problem will take care of itself. Meanwhile plenty of water in the middle part of the country...it looks like the weathermen in the DC area...complain when rains dont come in the summer, and then not store water when we have flooding in the winter or spring! It has nothing to do with immigration.
  11. Another Voice's Avatar
    Legal backlog doesn't seem to be a priority.

    Sample comment:

    I am sick of him. I am a legal immigrant. I have been waiting to finish up my immigration process for 6 years now. Yet, I am waiting, and following the legal rules. I understand that's the right way to immigrate to this great country. And this new "president" who was suppose to bring "change" is trying to put all of those who broke the law in front of me? So it is actually rewarding for breaking the law and punishing those like me, who played by the rules and by the laws of this country. Even an idiot would notice that Obama is trying to get the Hispanics' votes by saying he will do Immigration Reform."


    Jack knows how to drive the wedge issue and divide immigrants, he knows he has an audience and some fish will bite at the bait....as the REPUKS would say "divide and you will conquer" good move Jack, you learn quick this maybe more effective that your usual rethoric.
  12. Another Voice's Avatar
    "The declining water supply comes as the West and Southwest, already among the fastest-growing parts of the country, continue to gain population."

    Jack you forgot the stats on aging population in the US that will continue to drain the system and the only youth that could balance that act is Immigration.....hmmm I wonder where those stats are in your quote?
  13. Another Voice's Avatar
    "Even an idiot would notice that Obama is trying to get the Hispanics' votes by saying he will do Immigration Reform."

    Obama is just taking a page from the Republican play book, you need a good salesman to sell your BS, the republicans got Trump and he is trying to get the Univision crowd. Salesmanship in politics goes a long way.....
  14. George Chell's Avatar
    Sad history of US immigration and Harvard too!

    http://www.care2.com/causes/politics/blog/obamas-father-immigration-documents/

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2011/04/29/elder_obama_denied_harvard_phd/
  15. George Chell's Avatar
    "Obama is just taking a page from the Republican play book, you need a good salesman to sell your BS, the republicans got Trump and he is trying to get the Univision crowd. Salesmanship in politics goes a long way....."

    The Brits and some other Europeans are helping Obama by being anti-immigration, forcing jobs out of the country, some of it into the US...and meanwhile, the GOP is helping him by talking about Obama's father and his fling with white women, as well as by demonizing Hispanics and minorities

  16. Another Voice's Avatar
    Frank I think so far is just wishful thinking...

    Obama appears to rule out acting on his own on immigration

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/04/28/obama.immigration/index.html
  17. Frank W.'s Avatar
    Apparently Jack IS NOT a foreigner; instead he is just another ignorant-average American who has baseless grievances against undocumented people living in this country. He portrays himself as a H-1 visa holder in this blog in order to create confrontation and release his prejudice as well.

    Jack perfectly fits in one of Leo Strauss'(*) categories of society: the Vulgar Many.
    "The vulgar many, are lovers of wealth and pleasure. They are selfish, slothful, and indolent. They can be inspired to rise above their brutish existence only by fear of impending death or catastrophe."
    (*)German philosopher, 1899-1973

    Definitively, he needs to go back to school and consciously learn about US History before ridiculing himself. An excellent example about the "greatness" of this country (according to Jack, because these sorts of statements are rarely addressed by educated foreigners) should be the study of Eugenics in the United States.
    http://www.eugenicsarchive.org/eugenics/

    Jack, never forget the following about eugenics (you may feel strongly identified with this statement):
    "It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind...Three generations of imbeciles are enough."
    Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. - Buck v. Bell, 274 U.S. 200 (1927)

    THE GREATNESS OF AMERICA AT ITS BEST!!!

    Dedicated to Jack:
    DUE TO NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERNS AND CONGRESS' INABILITY TO PASS AN IMMIGRATION REFORM, President Obama will issue pretty soon an Executive Order granting some sort of legal protection to millions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States based on certain prerequisites and requirements: most likely a renewable work permit while mandating these individuals to register in DHS database and the Selective Service System as well. Moreover, this presidential decree will facilitate other immigrant groups to expedite and upgrade their current legal status.






  18. Anon's Avatar
    Frank - you are really entertaining!! I would shave my head if your words (due to ..blah blah..) come true before the 2012 elections!!!Really!!!
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