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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

HOUSE PASSES BILL REQUIRING DETENTION FACILITIES TO REPORT DEATHS

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The US House passed a bill that got little attention this week that was a step in the right direction. Here is a press release from the ACLU offering details:



House Passes Bill To Expand Reporting Of Immigrant Deaths In
Detention
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Deaths In Custody Reporting Act Provides Overdue And Welcome
Accountability, Says ACLU
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE>>



February 3, 2009>>



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WASHINGTON - In the wake of recent
reports about the November death of an immigrant detainee at the Piedmont
Regional Jail in Virginia, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill
today that encourages detention facilities to promptly report detainee deaths
to the U.S. attorney general. Under the Deaths In Custody Reporting Act, which
reauthorizes and expands an existing Bureau of Justice Statistics program,
state and federally-run facilities that receive funding from the federal
government will lose ten percent of their allotment if they fail to provide
details of detainee deaths in a timely fashion. The American Civil Liberties
Union urges the Senate to follow suit and also pass the law, which is sponsored
by Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA).>>



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The following can be attributed to
Joanne Lin, ACLU Legislative Counsel:>>



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"All too often, family and friends
of immigrant detainees find out about the tragic deaths of their loved ones by
word-of-mouth or through news reports instead of by prompt and direct
communication. The ACLU applauds the House for taking action to prevent
unreported deaths of immigrants in U.S. detention facilities. When detention
facilities know that they could lose federal funding if they don't report the
details of deaths that occur in their custody, their incentive to avoid these
tragic instances will increase. >>



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"The ACLU commends Representative
Bobby Scott and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer for leading the effort to
bring about badly needed transparency and accountability in our state and federal
detention facilities.">>




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  1. some visitor's Avatar
    Hello Greg,
    I want to draw your attention to some posting that defames you. http://itgrunt.com/
    This guy has posted your picture and openly challenged you. I think you should take action against such anti-immigrants and set an example so that such racists do not get encouraged. Common IT Indian worker cannot afford to sue them. But you can easily do it. What is your opinion?
  2. George Chell's Avatar
    It grunt = you know what grunts in real life...we should leave it at that!
  3. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Thanks. He's someone who I threw off the site because of abusive language (I was willing to put up with the poorly argued rants figuring that the rest of you guys would have a spirited argument with him). I'm inclined to ignore him. Obviously, he's just craving attention and I'm not going to engage him in a fight he'll milk for even more attention.
  4. JohnGault's Avatar
    visitor, wouldn't it be counter productive to bully a blogger for exercising his first amendment rights? From what I saw by reading his posts, he is programmer that has been having a hard time getting a job, and he may have a legitimate grip, however vulgar and politically incorrect.

    On what grounds could you sue someone like that? And why? It would make for some weird press clippings ie, "Immigration lawyers gang up on American unemployed programmer for insulting Indian IT workers"
  5. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    "Unfortunately, the guy I am interviewing with is named Patel. Like I said, what we have here is the invasion of the curry-scented pod people."

    Ha-ha, no wonder this douche is not getting any work in IT.

    I think the headline will be "Racist IT worker gets fired and sued for defamation".

    Now, this one is very interesting: "Is it 15 defects or 30? I don't want you to lie, just tell me." - That's the question I, as a user, often ask my anglo IT co-workers (all them are VPs paid big bucks, and they know NOTHING). I usually get back the list of "approved" defects, you know the ones they can admit to. Then I just call a couple of Inidan programmers way down the chain of command, and guess what - I get a straight answer!
  6. b's Avatar
    >>I think the headline will be "Racist IT worker gets fired and >>sued for defamation".

    Are we still talking about ITgrunt? Seems like he is a naturalized US citizen. Originally from Hungary. I guess bigotry doesn't stop with a new passport.
  7. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    Hungarian? I wonder under what category he immigrated... What do you think would be more ironic - if he came on H1 himself, or of he claimed to be running away from prosecution based on ethnicity/relaigion (refugee or asylee)? Somehow I think he is a "refugee" with a case full of lies.
  8. d's Avatar
    "Hungarian? I wonder under what category he immigrated... What do you think would be more ironic - if he came on H1 himself, or of he claimed to be running away from prosecution based on ethnicity/relaigion (refugee or asylee)? Somehow I think he is a "refugee" with a case full of lies."

    Apparently his Dad was a hungarian political refugee and drove cars in USA before he became something else. This guy expects every immigrant to be like his Dad, BTW nothing wrong with driving cabs , he says no one on H1B from India has good communication skills be a programmer.

    His view is that if you are an immigrant , you better be doing a blue collar job. He is all about having privilege for himself.

    Why would a comapny hire someone if he or she lacks essential skill to do the job.

  9. d's Avatar
    "Ha-ha, no wonder this douche is not getting any work in IT."

    Exactly , If he really wants work in IT , he better change his attitude and hate towards ethinicity of his co workers.

  10. concerned visitor's Avatar
    Hello Greg,

    this IT Grunt is continuously writing racist remarks against Indians..about religion, food etc.. and encouraging others too through the comments..
    He is calling Indians slumdogs etc...
    Please ask him to stop this nonsense.
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