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Guilherme Arantes New York Tour

The Author of immortalized songs and several novel tracks, Guilherme Arantes, will return to US after 16 years since his last appearance to celebrate 40 years of his artistic career. Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Guilherme Arantes is an acclaimed singer-songwriter and pianist. One of the most important names in rock and MPB. This singer and composer brings to the US a concert to corroborate why he is such an acclaimed composer by critics and audiences. Guilherme Arantes in 2016 completed a 40-year artistic career and his stunning and numerous “hits” show why he is considered one of the greatest Brazilian composers. His songs have been recorded hundreds of times by many well-known artists in different styles, including Elis Regina, Maria Bethania, Caetano Veloso, Leila Pinheiro and many other Brazilian popular artists. Guilherme Arantes, has over 25 soundtracks for TV soap operas and released more than 20 albums. He will perform his songs as originally composed, only with piano and voice. The repertoire includes songs from all stages of his musical career, especially the “Planeta Agua” (Water Planet) which was a hit, “Lindo Balão Azul” (Beautiful Blue Balloon), and “Meu Mundo e Nada Mais” (My World and Nothing Else). The artist has more than 940,000 followers on Facebook, which is the largest engagement on the platform. www.guilhermearantes.com.br
www.facebook.com/guilhermearantesoficial Date:05/18 8:30 PM & 10:30pm - $35 - $45.00 See more at: http://theiridium.com/events/5124/guilherme-arantes-35-general-admission-45-preferred-seating/#sthash.qFt0nJRr.dpu Guilherme Arantes – $35 General Admission / $45 Preferred Seating 05/18 8:30 PM & 10:30pm - $35 - $45.00 Purchase tickets for the 8:30pm show or the 10:30pm show - See more at: http://theiridium.com/events/5124/guilherme-arantes-35-general-admission-45-preferred-seating/#sthash.qFt0nJRr.dpuf   Produced by:Madalena SousaAsuos Productions Produced by:Madalena SousaAsuos Productions

“Forward, or Backward?” - The GOP Descent into Immigration Madness

The Greek philosopher of Ephesus ( 500 BCE), is best known for his doctrines that “there is nothing permanent except change.” Not so with the Republican Party. As the world transforms, and a new group of significantly less agile leaders took the reign of power of the Republican Party it struggles to comprehend the new realities of the changing social structure of America and has failed to adapt.  A look at  Abraham Lincoln , Republican,  should provide some guidance for the lost crowd. It was the 4th of July 1858.  Abraham Lincoln advocated that the many immigrants who had recently arrived in the United States could nonetheless feel a sense of connection with Declaration of Independence. In his words:  "We have besides these men—descended by blood from our ancestors—among us perhaps half our people who are not descendants at all of these men, they are men who come from Europe—German, Irish, French and Scandinavian—men that have come from Europe themselves, or whose ancestors have come hither and settled here, finding themselves our equals in all things. “ * Forward, 123 years , during a primary debate between Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, both past presidents spoke with empathy for immigrants living in the United States when asked if the U.S. should permit the children of undocumented immigrants to go to public schools. In 2005, George W. Bush’s opiniom as to immigration was rejected outright by mainstream Republicans. Instead, in the fall of 2005, notwithstanding the President’s resistance, House Republicans passed a bill compelling the arrest, deportation of 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.  Many republicans have made clear their belief that all these non-white arrivals should “to go home,”  But it seems that modern republicans cannot make up their minds on what to do about immigration. Listen to statements made by  leading republicans : Secretary Gutierrez chief executive of Kellogg and President George W. Bush’s commerce secretary discusses Immigration and the Future of the Republican Party (VIDEO) » “[The issue of immigration] has been around far too long…. A comprehensive approach is long overdue.”  - Speaker of the House John Boehner, 11/8/12 “Immigrants come with new skills and new ideas.  They fill a critical part in our labor market.  They work hard for a better life.”  - President George W. Bush, 12/4/12 » “Immigration is an important part of our country's success and if policies are reformed, can be part of restoring and sustaining our greatness as a nation.”  - Former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush,  9/13/12 » “This country needs comprehensive immigration reform. I don't care whether it is the person who will crawl across the desert to make five dollars... or Sergey Brin, who comes here from Russia and founds Google. At both ends of the spectrum, America has always been able to attract the most ambitious people.”  - Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, 2009 » “I am still convinced that the overwhelming majority of our people just want what my parents had – a chance.”  - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio 12/5/12 Congressman Paul Ryan  “We have a broken immigration system and, if anything, what we see in Boston is that we have to fix and modernize our immigration system for lots of reasons.” In June 27, 2013 following two weeks of contested debate  with the addition of beefed-up border security measures backed by Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.), the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill on Thursday by a 68-32 vote. However then House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that it would not take up the Senate bill. And so the bill died. But let’s see who were the (14) Republicans that voted for the bill:  ♣ Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) ♣ Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) ♣ Jeff Chiesa (R-N.J.) ♣ Susan Collins (R-Maine) ♣ Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) ♣ Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) ♣ Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) ♣ Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) ♣ Dean Heller (R-Nev.) ♣ John Hoeven (R-N.D.) ♣ Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) ♣ John McCain (R-Ariz.) ♣ Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) ♣ Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) Republicans just can’t make up their minds.  It’s no wonder that the Republican Party is in total chaos. *Quoted in Garry Wills, Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remain America (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1992) 86-87.

Donald Trump and the H-1B

Donald Trump has been very vocal with his opinions about the H-1B visa program. He has not been clear in terms of what his actual plan for the program is, but earlier this year he was quoted talking about how he would end the use of H-1B as a ”cheap labor program.” Trump has also stated his view that it’s an absolute requirement to hire American workers “for every visa and immigration program,” which makes no sense; if Americans are hired for every job, then there are no foreign workers and no need for visas. At the same time, Trump admits that the ”U.S. needs more highly skilled people and if we can’t find them in the U.S., we’ll find a way to get them into the U.S.”—which contradicts what he said about all positions being filled by Americans. Some people argue that there are enough Americans who have the skills and education to take all the skilled positions available and that, therefore, there is no need for a visa or immigration program at all. USCIS has created a 17-month extension to the already existing one year authorization to work to foreign nationals graduating from U.S. universities, in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math). This was clearly done to encourage those individuals to remain in the U.S., because there isa need for them that is not met by U.S. citizen graduates. Does Donald Trump practice what he preaches? So how does this debate apply to Donald Trump in practice? Does he hire only Americans? Does he not use the H-1B program because it is not necessary? The answer is that not only does Trump use the H-1B program to hire foreign nationals but his companies abuse the program by paying those foreign nationals less than their American counterparts. The rhetoric he espouses about being committed to eliminating rampant widespread H-1B abuse and ending the outrageous practices such as what happened at Disney*, is not only empty talk, it is completely undermined by his companies’ hiring practices.. In one recent case which has now come to light via the courts, a foreign national is earning significantly less than what she was required to be paid by law per an attestation that was made to the Department of Labor before submitting an H-1B petition. She is/was also receiving a lot less than what the equivalent American citizen would earn for that specific job. Trump Model Management (TMM) is being sued by Alexia Palmer, a Jamaican model who was brought here under the H-1B visa program. She was promised a salary of $75,000 a year in the attorney letter and in the I-129 form, which are used for the H-1B petition. In the Department of Labor conditions applications, she was promised even more than the highest level wage required to be paid, which was $47,000. In the end, she got somewhere around $5,000 total from TMM over the course of 3 years. If they had not been getting work for her to do, then they could have either: 1. Terminated her contract, at which time she would not be required to get paid any more, or 2. Filed what’s called an Amended H-1B, which allows them to give her a part-time salary based on a minimum hourly wage. They did neither of those things. They allowed her to be in the U.S. for 3 years and never paid her what was required. The Trump camp is saying that she didn’t file a complaint with the Department of Labor in a timely manner stating that she wasn’t paid. But what they are essentially doing is tying the case up in a long court process. The attorneys defending Trump’s company blamed it on the system and did not admit to tampering with her salary. “She just didn’t have a very successful modeling career,” said Lawrence Rosen, the attorney representing the Trump agency. The USCIS was clear, however, that the pay requirement applies to “an employer or an agent.” [1] (Click here to read full article on CNN.com) If Trump’s company has done this in this one instance, is it systematic? And if it is systematic, what makes him and his companies any better than Disney or other companies he accuses of abusing the H-1B program? * (American workers were supposedly laid off and replaced with immigrant workers, who could be paid less than their American counterparts.) [1] Ellis, Blake, and Melody Hickon. “Trump’s Modeling Agency Broke Immigration Laws, Attorneys Say.” CNN Money. Cable News Network, 10 Mar. 2016. Web.

Supreme Court Decision would affect millions here illegally

WASHINGTON— The intense political fight that would    affect millions of people who are in the United States illegally arrives to the Supreme Court on Monday. The court will decide the destiny of Obama executive orders that would protect more than 4 million people from deportation and allow them the right to hold a job. With this decision, millions of people would not only be able to work legally in the U.S., but also would have the ability to obtain a social security card and even be able to travel out of the U.S. Roberto Silva, a Brazilian immigrant, living in the U.S. for more than 15 years  states that  "I need a social security card and a work permit in order to take care of my wife and 3 children born in the U.S.  My youngest is autistic and requires special schooling that I cannot afford.   We are fighting a losing battle with the amount of money I earn.  My wife also can’t work and has to take care of our children. Our lives are in constant stress,  Silva said. The executive order pronounced by President Barack Obama in November 2014 applies to parents of children that are citizens or are legal permanent residents.  The order would also expand the president's 2012 program called “DACA.”s. More than 700,000 young people have taken advantage of the program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.  Texas and 25 other states sued to prevent the new plans soon as soon as they were announced, Federal courts have decided  in their favor. The programs barely commenced when it was stopped suddenly. Now its up to the Supreme Court to make the final decision on a crucial immigration problem. House Republicans say that Obama is asserting the power "to decree that millions of individuals may live, work and receive benefits in this country even though federal statutes plainly prohibit them from doing so." The administration and immigration advocates, on the other hand, say the immigration orders are neither unprecedented nor even unusual. Instead, they say, that Obama's executive order build on past efforts by both the Democratic and Republican administrations to use discretion in deciding whom to deport.   Moses Apsan, immigration attorney and past president of the Federal Bar Association, stated that “ the debate has taken on a heavy partisan complexion, Republicans repeated  describe  Obama recklessly abusing his executive powers. This opinion is untrue, as Obama not only act lawfully, but the order was what our country needed. The illegal immigration issue has thwarted Congress for  decades, and there’s no indication that lawmakers will be able to settle on  a realistic plan anytime soon.  This delay has had a human toll: Living with fear, immigrants are prone to be exploited Even if they are victims of a crime, they are less prone to ask police for assistance. Obama’s executive orders would give these immigrants; those that entered as children, as well as the parents of lawful US residents the facility to come out of the shadows and truly live the American Dream.

Supreme Court Decision would affect millions here illegally

WASHINGTON— The intense political fight that would    affect millions of people who are in the United States illegally arrives to the Supreme Court on Monday. The court will decide the destiny of Obama executive orders that would protect more than 4 million people from deportation and allow them the right to hold a job. With this decision, millions of people would not only be able to work legally in the U.S., but also would have the ability to obtain a social security card and even be able to travel out of the U.S. Roberto Silva, a Brazilian immigrant, living in the U.S. for more than 15 years  states that  "I need a social security card and a work permit in order to take care of my wife and 3 children born in the U.S.  My youngest is autistic and requires special schooling that I cannot afford.   We are fighting a losing battle with the amount of money I earn.  My wife also can’t work and has to take care of our children. Our lives are in constant stress,  Silva said. The executive order pronounced by President Barack Obama in November 2014 applies to parents of children that are citizens or are legal permanent residents.  The order would also expand the president's 2012 program called “DACA.”s. More than 700,000 young people have taken advantage of the program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.  Texas and 25 other states sued to prevent the new plans soon as soon as they were announced, Federal courts have decided  in their favor. The programs barely commenced when it was stopped suddenly. Now its up to the Supreme Court to make the final decision on a crucial immigration problem. House Republicans say that Obama is asserting the power "to decree that millions of individuals may live, work and receive benefits in this country even though federal statutes plainly prohibit them from doing so." The administration and immigration advocates, on the other hand, say the immigration orders are neither unprecedented nor even unusual. Instead, they say, that Obama's executive order build on past efforts by both the Democratic and Republican administrations to use discretion in deciding whom to deport. Moses Apsan, immigration attorney and past president of the Federal Bar Association, stated that “ the debate has taken on a heavy partisan complexion, Republicans repeatedly  describe  Obama as recklessly abusing his executive powers. This opinion is untrue. Obama not only acted lawfully, but the order was what our country needed. The illegal immigration issue has thwarted Congress for  decades, and there’s no indication that lawmakers will be able to settle on  a realistic plan anytime soon.  This delay has had a human toll: Living with fear, immigrants are prone to be exploited Even if they are victims of a crime, they are less likely to ask police for assistance. Obama’s executive orders would give these immigrants; those that entered as children, as well as the parents of lawful US residents, the facility to come out of the shadows and truly live the American Dream.”
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“Forward, or Backward?” - The GOP Descent into Immigration Madness
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Donald Trump and the H-1B
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Supreme Court Decision would affect millions here illegally
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