Wandering Eye: 'An Elegy for Charm City Art Space,' the rigged visa lottery, and more

During Tuesday night's debate, The Donald yammered on and on about his immigration plan compared to President Eisenhower's: "Let me just tell you that Dwight Eisenhower, good president, great president, people liked him. 'I like Ike,' right? The expression. 'I like Ike.' Moved a 1.5 million illegal immigrants out of this country, moved them just beyond the border. They came back. Moved them again beyond the border, they came back. Didn't like it. Moved them way south. They never came back." What the hell was Trump talking about? According to Yanan Wang at The Washington Post, Trump was referencing a 1950s model for deportation, known as "Operation Wetback." This post, which is actually an updated older post, explains how Eisenhower's immigration policy deported some 250,000 Mexican immigrants, sending them back across the border deep into the rural recesses of the country. Sometimes the U.S. Border Patrol packed the immigrants like slaves on ships. Sometimes the U.S. crammed them on buses. Then, the border patrol dropped them in desert-like places where temperatures soared up to 125 degrees. In one roundup 88 immigrants died. (Karen Houppert)

 

Lotteries are made to be gamed, it seems, so it's not surprising that the H-1B visa program, which grants extended U.S. work permits to highly skilled foreign employees, is basically controlled by a few big labor brokers. What is surprising is that a foreign worker who got aced out of U.S. residency has broken the story. As The New York Times reports, Théo Négri, a French software engineer, discovered the scam after returning to France last year when his work visa expired. "While he had one application in last year's lottery and lost, one of the outsourcing companies applied for at least 14,000," the story says. "The companies were squeezing out American employers like his boss." The story goes on to explain how the program, even working as intended, sets an artificial wage ceiling of just over $60,000 a year—for jobs that typically pay much more. But let's not dwell on that. (Edward Ericson Jr.)

 

Last night marked the final show for Charm City Art Space at its Maryland Avenue location. As City Paper first reported last month, the all-ages, smoke- and alcohol-free DIY punk venue was taken by surprise by a zoning notice; volunteers had heard a tattoo parlor would be taking over the space. Music writer Jes Skolnik, a founding member of CCAS, has a nice rememberance over at Impose Magazine. The good news is CCAS might end up at a new location soon. As current member Chris Belkas tells Skolnik, "I am very hopeful that we can continue what we were doing at CCAS in the future. There are a lot of younger [and] newer members involved right now, and I think that moving will allow us an opportunity to re-evaluate our priorities and bring in additional perspectives." (Brandon Weigel)

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