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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan. 20, 2004 / 26 Teves, 5764

Opening the Gates

By Jonathan Tobin


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Backlash against Bush immigration proposal confuses fear with security


http://www.jewishworldreview.com | When President Bush announced his initiative last week that would effectively offer a form of amnesty to illegal immigrant workers, he reignited a debate that is as old as the republic.

The details will be endlessly debated, but it would be disingenuous to merely assert that the backlash against his proposals is just a 21st century version of good-old American Know Nothing-ism. The post-Sept. 11 United States is a place where fear of the foreigner, especially Muslims, has been thoroughly legitimized.

Not all of us have been ready to fully comprehend that the terror attacks proved we were at war with an international, fascist, Islamist culture. But it was not hard for most to conclude that the only proper response to the atrocities was to further restrict the ability of foreigners to enter the country. So it is no surprise that a lot of Americans think of the 10 million or more people who are currently in this country illegally as not merely scofflaws but as potential terrorists.

And that is why the harsh reaction to Bush's initiative in some quarters has risen above the traditional nativist loathing for the newcomer. Indeed, even within the American Jewish community, voices can be heard urging an end to this immigrant-based community's longstanding support for immigrant rights. New York Jewish Week editor Gary Rosenblatt seemed to echo these fears in a column published here last week that spoke of support for immigration as one based in "nostalgia and political correctness." For those who share this view, the recent influx of Muslims who have, Rosenblatt said, "negative feelings about Jews and Israel" may cause us to "help lead a move to block, not shut," America's "open door."

A THROWBACK TO PROHIBITION
But those willing to place part of the blame for Sept. 11 on the illegals that Bush would like to place within the reach of our immigration bureaucracy are confusing the issue. As much as we have a right to be afraid of fundamentalists who want to destroy America, keeping out the millions who want to be part of the American dream won't make us safer.

If anything, the rigidity of our current system has helped create a chaotic situation that can potentially allow terrorists into our country. The notion that we can prevent future attacks by making it hard on poor people who come here to do the jobs that Americans are uninterested in doing is farcical. Current law has drastically restricted legal immigration to this country. And in the best tradition of market economics, this has created a situation where the law is routinely flouted.

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As Tamar Jacoby of the Manhattan Institute think tank has written, the virtual logjam on legal migration has led to a situation that is analogous to the prohibition-era ban on liquor. And just as organized crime filled the needs of thirsty Americans in the 1920s, so have immigrants come to this country to fill the need in our economy for low-paying manual laborers. We cannot extinguish the demand for their services, which they are so eager to perform.

Some insist that the only answer is better law enforcement. Various polls tell us that 80 percent or more Americans want not only the illegals amnestied, but deported. Even if that were possible — and it is not — pouring more resources into the cat-and-mouse games going on along the California and Texas borders will not enhance our security. In fact, even under our current policy, the emphasis on enforcement of unenforceable laws has undermined our security. As Jacoby has written, "Instead of devoting their time to hunting terrorists, the border patrol is tied up chasing busboys."

Most of the other canards about immigrants — legal or illegal — are easily dismissed. Immigrants are not taking jobs away from Americans. They are doing jobs Americans don't want. The overwhelming majority of them are hardworking people who have often braved hardships to get here, and want nothing more than to better their lives and those of their children.

Our borders are not being flooded by hordes of Al Qaeda operatives; they are swarming with people who are responding to the same call of freedom and opportunity that brought most of us here. The current tide of illegal immigration is a function of American prosperity no less than the unrestricted immigration of the late 19th and early 20th centuries was.

And for all of the talk about the unique danger from Muslims, the truth is, most Muslim and Arab immigrants are following the same pattern of immigrant behavior that Eastern European Jews did 100 years ago. Worries about support from them for Islamist radicals is not unfounded, but if you substitute the word socialist for Islamist, you'll find that the same sort of thing was said about Jewish immigrants.

Is the analogy off-base? I don't think so.

ASSIMILATION IS THE ANSWER
No less a figure than Daniel Pipes, the nation's leading expert on radical Islam, predicted in a January 2000 speech that Muslim immigrants were subject to the same process of assimilation that has changed every other immigrant group to this country. While correctly predicting that Islamist terrorism would grow in the coming years, Pipes said he believed future generations of American Muslims would ultimately find a way to join the mainstream of American society. I think Pipes is right, but there is one threat to this thesis. Writing this week about the Bush initiative, Boston Globe and JWR columnist Jeff Jacoby pointed out that assimilation of immigrants is directly threatened by a "corrosive muliculturalism" that denigrates American values, and by affirmative action and welfare policies that undermined the process by which American values were adopted.

He fears that if this is now a country where the ideal is no longer a unified America, where despite our differences we consider ourselves part of one nation, then immigrants will become stuck in ethnic ghettos rather than being welcomed into every sphere of society, as Jews have ultimately been. Those who care about defending immigration need to think seriously about these concerns rather than merely dismiss them.

The xenophobic sentiments that have always fueled anti-immigrant rhetoric have not vanished. But just as it is wrong to confuse legitimate security concerns with a foolhardy opposition to immigration, we must also oppose those trends that will hamper the natural tendency for immigrants to become part of our American democracy.

Bush's decision to ease the burden on newcomers is a move in the right direction, but unless we preserve the society they wish to join, we will all be the losers in the long run.

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JWR contributor Jonathan S. Tobin is executive editor of the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent. Let him know what you think by clicking here. In June, Mr. Tobin won first places honors in the American Jewish Press Association's Louis Rapaport Award for Excellence in Commentary as well as the Philadelphia Press Association's Media Award for top weekly columnist. Both competitions were for articles written in the year 2002.

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