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Do our immigration laws discriminate about tall, thin women with flawless skin? It's time to confront the issue.

Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner, a 43-year-old bachelor, has proposed legislation giving international beauties their own U.S. visa category, rather than have them compete with computer analysts and scientists for the non-immigrant H-1B visa for skilled professionals.

"From Fashion Week to our vibrant publishing industry to the many designers that call New York City home, fashion is a vital part of our economy that drives thousands of jobs," Weiner said in an email to Reuters.

Headline explained by Steve Albini (covering these guys) here:

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  1. LoneWacko, so help me God, if you try to StandInTheWayOf SuperModelVisas, this could be the issue that finally rallies the entire forum to KickYourAss.

    🙂

  2. Canada has one of these visa programs.

  3. So they’ll be standing in front of Home Depot, looking for a day’s work for $60?
    woohoo!

  4. I thought the whole point was for them to be here illegally. So, like, they’d have to marry you just to get a green card.

  5. But will our existing highway system be able to accommodate these SuperModels? I’m guessing we’ll need to build a SuperHighway so they can get to and from work.

    Also, the porn industry ought to be able to exploit the hell out of this.

  6. A New York congressman who has been romantically linked by tabloid newspapers to several high-profile, beautiful women, is one step closer to creating a special work permit for foreign fashion models.

    In other news, Ted Nugent proposed a new category of visa for big game animals.

    What a Weiner.

  7. My favorite paragraph in the article:

    “Weiner introduced his proposal…to the Committee of the Whole, where less rigid rules allow bills to be passed quicker.”

    You have to wonder how long it took the editor to craft that one.

  8. Fuck that christing horseshit.
    If he’s going to do that, he’d better grease the rails for Swedish porn actresses who don’t blink at DP scenes and bukkake.
    Ever seen the shit that they’re willing to do? If you did it to a farm animal, you’d be doing time.

  9. Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner, a 43-year-old bachelor, has proposed legislation giving international beauties their own U.S. visa category, … [emphasis added]

    Of course he’s a Democrat. A Republican would have asked for a male figure skater category.

    I keed, I keed. Not all male figure skaters are gay.

  10. Legally or Illegally doesn’t matter as far as the “marrying to get a Green Card” thing. Legal ones do the marriage thing as well. Chicks here legally have a hard time staying.

    I had a GF for several years who was here legally. It would have been a lot easier if we had married ( I sure didn’t want to marry her). Instead she went to grad school, got a job, filed 800 forms and paid all the fees and waited several years to get a Pink “green card.”

  11. Just wait until you date a model, and you won’t be so glib. They’re a pain in the ass.

    Wait, what am I saying? Most of you’ll be waiting forever.

  12. They took ar jobs!

  13. Meant to say: The Green card thing has more to do with staying than coming, obviously. Not everyone who comes for a job wants to move here.

  14. The fact that this discussion is even being had is a testament to how fucked up our immigration system is.

  15. I expect this immigration bill will pass at about the same time we see an article on this site by Steven Chapman about the following headline from the AP: “Signs are emerging that Iraq has reached a turning point” I guess he will have to take some time to come up with a way to yet again make obvious progress in Iraq look like some sort of propaganda coup.

    Is this post off-topic? Indeed it is. Do I care? No.

  16. Epi,

    Do female stunt performers count?

  17. Just wait until you date a model, and you won’t be so glib. They’re a pain in the ass.

    For every beautiful woman there’s a man that’s tired of her shit.

  18. Chris, no, but it’s very cool in its own right.

  19. B,

    I’ll save Chapman some work and ask, how many turning points has Iraq reached in the past few years?

  20. Episiarch,

    I’ve never dated that type either, I was just wondering. I thought you’d enjoy this song, though.

  21. For every beautiful woman there’s a man that’s tired of her shit.

    Reminds me of an Onion headline:
    “Totally hot chick is also way psycho.”

  22. Episiarch,

    I tend to get along famously with the aloof fashion models, but the “poor me, you don’t understand what it’s like to be such a hottie” swimsuit models are another story.

    Here in South Texas, most of the women (girls, actually) who make a big deal about being models work for an agency that that sends the swimsuit models out for bikini contests, wet t-shirt contests, and Tejano music videos. The name of the agency is “Infinity”, but it’s often referred to “Infections”.

  23. What, they aren’t eligible for the already existing O-1 “Alien with Extraordinary Ability” visa?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O-1_visa

  24. Here in South Texas, most of the women…work for an agency that that sends the swimsuit models out

    Obviously a different scene than Manhattan.

    The name of the agency is “Infinity”, but it’s often referred to “Infections”

    In fashion modeling, you can almost guarantee that if you sleep with a model who is with any of the major agencies, you are sleeping with agency executives, photographers, and agents. Wear your condom.

  25. There should be a catch all “entertainment” category, which would include models, actors, musicians, and the like. I don’t know if making a model-only category makes sense. In any case, it is rather amusing to have super models competing with Indian computer programmers for H1-B slots.

    In general, I’m against H1-Bs (for computer programmers and the like), because I suspect they are mostly used to bring in cheap labor as opposed to bring in extremely talented people who are needed. (That is, there would be plenty of Americans with the skills for those jobs-they just would expect a higher salary.) I am in favor of significantly increasing the number of immigrants who intend to stay here permanently (H1-Bs are temporary by their very nature). But none of this really applies to models.

  26. Songs About Fucking is a good album word

  27. If not visas, how about at least a catch and release program?

  28. Geotpf,

    I am against H-1B visas as well because they are limited by a quota and also because they are temporary by their very nature.

    Perhaps there is a compromise somewhere between our positions — a compromise that may just allow models to immigrate too.

  29. Are they creepy looking anorexic models like a lot of the runway frankensteins, or hot housekeepers who should be models like the chick on “My Name is Earl”?

  30. Dave (Weigel), good call, Kraftwerk is awesome and even covers of Kraftwerk kick ass.

  31. Not all male figure skaters are gay.

    Name two.

    Geoptf, I think your proposal needs to broadened a tad:

    There should be a catch all “entertainment worker” category, which would include models, actors, musicians, and the like people with jobs.

    Do female stunt performers count?

    See above comment on Danish porn stars.

  32. Hey where are the threads on the two biggest news stories of the day.

    1. Mets fired Willie Randolph
    2. Firefox 3 is released.

  33. R C Dean-I’m talking about temporary immigrants. That is, it’s logical for “celebrities” to live and work temporarily in the US (or people with very specific skills in scientific or technical fields). However, I don’t like lots of mid to lower level people brought over from foreign countries on a temporary basis.

    Basically, I’m in favor of eliminating or vastly scaling back H1-Bs, but increasing dramatically the number of permanent immigrants allowed in. Models/actors/musicians (and people with specialized technical or scientific skills) would be allowed in under the O-1 visa, as gorgonzola’s foil suggested (his post wasn’t there when I first posted; it seems to cover my idea plus anybody notably talented in any field, such as atheletes or scientists or others with specialized skills).

  34. I’ve proposed this a couple of times on Hit & Run. Of course, I was just joking. If you’re an actual Congressman and you propose a “let’s let hot babes in” immigration policy, you’re kind of a sexist ass.

  35. female stunt performers count

    I’m not dyslexic, but I keep visually misinterpreting this phase.

    Like when I see the word feministing.

  36. Mike Laursen,

    Let’s see… let hot babes in and get called a “sexist ass” or don’t let hot babes in and get called a “sexist ass” for not voting for HRC…

    Option A please…

  37. Option A please…

    Excellent point.

  38. 2. Firefox 3 is released.

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…..

  39. Well, if you’ve got to pick a consituency to pander to, “extremely attractive foreign women” is a pretty good one to go with.

  40. Name two.

    Scott Hamilton and Mark Ladwig*

    *OK, Ladwig might be really, really deep in the closet.

  41. Firefox 3 is released.

    Just grabbed it. Don’t know if I like the new address bar.

  42. Episiarch,

    It’s adjustable.

  43. Yeah? How? I’ve looked in Options and right clicked all over the thing.

  44. Move the cursor over the end of the address bar until you see the little double-arrow thingee. Move accordingly.

  45. That’s what you meant? I thought one could adjust its behavior. I don’t want to see my entire history in the dropdown when I type.

  46. I’ve known women like that, and giving them your Visa card is a really bad idea.

    Oh.

  47. Not all male figure skaters are gay.

    Name two.

    Bronco Hamill and Vito Yamaguchi.

  48. Ya’ll sure do know your male figure skaters.

    just sayin

  49. Just wait until you date a model, and you won’t be so glib. They’re a pain in the ass.

    I challenge anyone to date anyone as big of a pain in the ass as a figure skater. Imagine combining the annoying habits of a model with those of an artist and a competitive athlete.

  50. Episiarch,

    Well, we’ll need instruction on all of that. I’ll be reading Lifehacker for advice on managing the new Firefox. It’s supposed to be a major performance upgrade. Seems a bit faster at work, anyway.

  51. In useless gossip news, I think Congressman Weiner has also been romantically linked to Hillary’s ‘body woman,’ Huma Hottie whatshername.

  52. I challenge anyone to date anyone as big of a pain in the ass as a figure skater. Imagine combining the annoying habits of a model with those of an artist and a competitive athlete.

    According to The Cutting Edge they are either as you describe above or super horny because their partner is gay. As we all know, that movie is the definitive source on figure skating, so you, and it, must be correct.

  53. Epi,

    I thought “Blades of Glory” was the definitive authority.

  54. I thought “Blades of Glory” was the definitive authority.

    Maybe you didn’t see my comments about SNL on the Jesus-dinosaur thread. That sentiment extends to the work of SNL regulars outside of SNL. Will Farrell is a plague upon the comedy world.

  55. In useless gossip news, I think Congressman Weiner has also been romantically linked to Hillary’s ‘body woman,’ Huma Hottie whatshername.
    You mean this “43-year-old bachelor,” with a strong interest in the fashion industry? He’s into chicks?

  56. Big Black is a lot better music than you usually post Weigel.

  57. Epi,

    The denouemont of “Blades” was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.

  58. Firing Willie Randolph won’t change the fact that Pedro is 85, and can only get up to 84.

  59. If I’m gonna watch a movie in which people skate on ice, it’s gonna be Slap Shot.

  60. Do our immigration laws discriminate about tall, thin women with flawless skin?

    Can she operate an excavator?

  61. Note the complete lack of a drummer in Big Black.

  62. I’m pretty sure the models go under the so called “genius visa” or O-1 as mentioned earlier as long as they are extraordinary enough…

  63. Kerry Howley forever endeared herself to me with her recent appearance on Red Eye. She, in discussing this very issue, painted a scenario where, and I quote, “lithe 14-year old Brazilian women could come and work in our factories and meat packing plants in Iowa.”

    I can see the reality shows now.

  64. Episiarch! Behold:

    Adjust the Smart Location Bar’s Number of Suggestions

    The Firefox 3 feature that you’ll get to know and love the most is the new smart location bar’s as-you-type suggestions that learn where you probably want to go as you browse. But if you’re feeling like the number of suggestions is too high or too low? Adjust it to your liking in Firefox’s configuration area. Here’s how.

    1. Enter about:config into the address bar and hit Enter.
    2. Press the “I’ll be careful. I promise!” button. (Because you will be.)
    3. Enter browser.urlbar.maxRichResults in the Filter field to reach this preference.
    4. Set it to your desired number of suggestions. Three shown here.

  65. Oops–from Lifehacker’s Firefox 3 page.

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