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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY - TOM LANTOS - CONGRESSMAN

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Congressman Tom Lantos' heavy Hungarian accent may make him seem out of place on the floor of the US House of Representatives, but he's been in Congress longer than most of his colleagues. He was sent by his San Francisco constituents to Congress in 1981 and is one of the more influential members of the Democratic Caucus.



Lantos is one of a small number of Congressmen who started as refugees in this country. He is a Holocaust survivor who fought in the anti-German resistance in Hungary and was placed in a safehouse established by the famous Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat credited with saving many lives in World War II.  After arriving in the US, he became a professor before moving to Congress. Over the years, he's become known for his passionate views on the environment. And despite his closing in on his 80th birthday, he's still an "out front" activist. He recently was arrested protesting on the Darfur crisis in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington.

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  1. TX's Avatar
    Greg, here's a news item for your blog:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070906/ap_on_hi_te/farm_scene;_ylt=AnWw.N9dGLZfRfzN0pQAw7Fk24cA

    I guess the farmers cannot find the US workers needed for the jobs, so now they have to rely on Robots. I don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing for the immigration cause, but at least it proves that the farmers cannot find US workers. This is what enforcement does.....either the jobs will go out of the country or no jobs at all as technology replaces manual labor. At least with migrant workers we had some taxas going into the economy.
  2. USC's Avatar
    Judges to Bushies we are mad as hell and we are not going to take it anymore:

    First, the anti-immigrant local laws were struck down.

    Second, a TRO on the no match rule was issued.

    Now, a courageous NY Judge takes on the patriot act a second time:

    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Patriot-Act-Lawsuit.html

  3. Dream Act guy's Avatar
    I saw on MSNBC that the robots can pick fruit from low branches but immigrants are needed to pick the higher branches. I'm sure robotics will improve in the future though.
  4. Another voice's Avatar
    It would be interesting to know the numbers on what is more economic if outsourcing the Farms to Mexico as reported by the NY times or buying Robots. But hey if technology allows us to be more efficient with robots then that will be the future of this work nobody can stand in the way of technology.
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