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IMMIGRANTS OF THE DAY: ELIZABETH BLACKBURN AND JACK SZOSTAK - NOBEL MEDICINE PRIZE WINNERS

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I'm in Spain this week so can't give the full treatment, but thanks to readers who sent this happy news. The US has won the Nobel Prize in medicine for work done by these two scientists as well as Carol Greider. Blackburn is Australian-born and Szostak is British-born. They received their award for genetic research that is described here.

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  1. LFWF's Avatar
    http://immigrationvoice.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=94

    Way to go Greg!
  2. Erin's Avatar
    I hope that this finding leads to further research. It would be nice to see some advancements on disease, aging (especially the brain) and most of all cancer. It is about time.
  3. George Chell's Avatar
    Two more immigrants who became citizens win Nobel Prize, this time in Physics..Kao is from Shanghai and Boyle is from Canada..

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_K._Kao

    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/091006/national/eu_nobel_physics_cda

  4. LFWF's Avatar
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/06/AR2009100602168.html?hpid=topnews

    Report: U.S. Should Give Preference to Skilled Immigrants Over Relatives

    The new report also proposes a way for opposing camps who seek tougher enforcement against illegal immigration or the legalization of many of the roughly 11 million who are inside the United States to meet both goals at the same time.

    Specifically, the Brookings-Duke group said a condition for any legalization program should be certification that E-Verify, a government system that electronically confirms the immigration status and work eligibility of employees and potential employees, meets certain effectiveness ratings. Pairing such goals would lead to a "trust-but-verify" approach that both sides might support, Pickus said.

    The group also said that the U.S. government should rapidly clear a years-long immigration backlog of 600,000 spouses and minor children of U.S. permanent residents who seek visas. While reaffirming U.S. policy favoring family reunification, however, the group said preferences for adult children, siblings and other relatives of citizens and green-card holders -- a group estimated at 4.3 million -- should be ended, with U.S. application fees returned with interest.


    "Closing the door to extended relatives and another 50,000 people admitted each year under a "diversity" lottery would make room to increase from 180,000 to 330,000 the number of skilled workers and their family members whom the U.S. could admit each year, the group said.

    Overall, the Brookings-Duke group said the current distribution of the roughly 1.1 million immigrants legally admitted per year should shift from 63 percent family members, 16 percent work-based and 21 percent refugees, asylum-seekers and other; to a ratio "tilting" toward skills.

    "Highly educated and trained scientists, mathematicians, and engineers can make particularly significant contributions to our economy and society," the group wrote, citing the "stiff global competition for such individuals."

    Pickus said the panel's hope is to "reset the debate" beyond rigid lines set by adversarial interest groups or demagogues on either side, and to provide ways both sides could see progress toward their goals.

    "The issue is trust," he said, adding that the panel's members included conservative Harvard historian Stephan Thernstrom and Michael S. Teitelbaum, a demographer who has advocated for reduced immigration, on the right and liberal players such as Will Marshall of the Progressive Policy Institute and Harvard sociologist Christopher Jencks
  5. George Chell's Avatar
    LFWF:

    Not going to happen.
  6. LFWF's Avatar
    Of course nor George.
    Still, nice to know that away from politics, reality and need are not hidden. People are still capable of talking sense.
    I'm all for family unification, but adult (and I mean seriously adult even aged) siblings and their entire families? That too before productive workers who will pay a lifetimes worth of payroll contributions??

    Meanwhile, Michael Gerson has chosen to speak up in WP:

    GOP Political Suicide?

    Gerson: What Republicans will commit if they don't stand up to anti-immigration extremists in their midst.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/06/AR2009100602835.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

    "As Martinez points out, many Republicans who oppose his pro-immigration views are not divisive or inflammatory. But other, angry voices crowd them out. As a result, Republican support among Latinos is collapsing. In Martinez's home state of Florida, for example, 56 percent of Hispanic voters cast ballots for George W. Bush in 2004. Four years later, 57 percent voted for Barack Obama.

    Now hearings are beginning on another immigration reform bill, with a legislative debate likely to ripen in 2010. For Democrats -- pledged to comprehensive reform but weighing union opposition to a temporary-worker program -- the immigration debate will be difficult. For Republicans, it may be an invitation to political suicide"
  7. legal-immigrant's Avatar

    OT: U.S. to overhaul immigration system

    http://www.philly.com/inquirer/world_us/20091007_U_S__to_overhaul_immigration_system.html

    Hopefully, this will reduce the deaths.
  8. George Chell's Avatar
    LFWF:

    Could happen if they accept everyone who applied for family re-unification, and cut off new applicants. However, among the minority Caucuses and liberals in the House and Senate, this is not likely to get much support unless all country quotas on skilled immigrants are lifted. In 1997 they did this in Australia hoping fewer Asians will be admitted..however, they started admitting skilled South Asians and Singaporeans in much larger numbers leading to even more virulent Anti-Asian hatred..and attacks on South Asian men in which even some Aussie white women who are extras in Bollywood movies participated and even played key role.
  9. George Chell's Avatar
    I had a chance of reading through the main points of the Brookings report on the bus this morning. My concern is what it did not say. Why do no reports specifically come out and say that we need to abolish Section 214(b) for student visas? Perhaps these experts dont understand the intricacies of the US immigration system. There is no call to streamline the system either. Why are seven different agencies handling immigration? They should have been bold enough to recommend the abolition of the office of consular affairs in the State Department and move it under DHS. But, they did not. These drawbacks make the report rather shallow and would make any reform ineffective. Without the abolition of Section 214(b), fewere visas would be granted under their proposals. There should be no increasing the number of skilled migrants or reducing or abolishing chain migration without the abolition of Section 214(b) for student visas. Without the abolition, the reform proposals of Brookings would do more harm than good. End of story! I am still waiting for some report to come out and say that Section 214(b) should be abolished. A study at the University of Colorado studying the impact of foreign students and skilled migrants on patenting and innovation back in 2004 touched on the issue, but they failed to address it and come out and say that Section 214(b) should be abolished!
  10. George Chell's Avatar
    One more immigrant to the US..he is now a US citizen, but works in London...

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Venkatraman-Ramakrishnan-A-profile/articleshow/5098151.cms
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