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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 April 18, 2013/ 8 Iyar, 5773

Immigration: Dream First, and Compromise Later

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The bipartisan immigration package put forward by the Gang of Eight looks like a reasonable bill, but it likely won't become law, and it probably shouldn't.

The 844-page bill would provide a path to citizenship to illegal immigrants who have no serious criminal record, pay $2,000 in fines and are paid up on their taxes. Though the law would confer registered provisional immigrant status to qualified immigrants immediately, it would make them wait 10 years to apply for a green card, and then they could go for citizenship. That 13-year process, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has asserted, would mean that illegal immigrants would not become citizens before legal immigrants who played by all the rules.

"This is not amnesty," Rubio told "Fox News Sunday." "Amnesty is the forgiveness of something. Amnesty is anything that says, 'Do it illegally; it'll be cheaper and easier.'"

Why is it likely to fail? On the left, critics complain that the package presents too many hoops. The New York Times editorialized against the measure's exclusion of felons and those convicted of three or more misdemeanors and other disqualifiers. "It should not take superhuman strength and rectitude, plus luck and lots of money, for an immigrant to march the 10 years to a green card," the Gray Lady opined.

There will be a lot of pressure on Democrats to water down the package.

On the right, the compromise must overcome skepticism and hostility. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, quickly panned the bill. "Despite assurances, the border is not secured before almost everyone in the country illegally is given amnesty. The bill guarantees there will be a rush across the border to take advantage of massive amnesty," he said in a statement.

The number of illegal immigrants apprehended at the border this year is up 13 percent, according to U.S. Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher. The catalyst could be an improved economy, or it could be a magnet effect of the chance to be legal. (The bill would apply only to those who have resided in the United States since before Dec. 31, 2011, but how many Americans know that?)

Opponent Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies told me that even he is open to legalizing illegal immigrants with jobs and clean records, but "these guys need to earn the right to ask for an amnesty. I don't mean the illegal aliens; I mean the politicians."

It's hard to trust that Washington would enforce a new law, after President Barack Obama has shown a willingness to ignore existing law. He condones sanctuary cities that won't cooperate with immigration officials. Last year, he decided that 800,000 illegal immigrants who came here before they were 16 could enjoy legal status. The constitutionality of that move was dubious, and the president knew it, but it was an election year.

Instead, Obama should have pushed Congress to pass the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children. It's an issue of simple fairness. Children are not responsible for their parents' decision to flout immigration law. They shouldn't be punished for their parents' actions.

Standing alone, the DREAM Act probably could survive a floor vote in both the Democratic Senate and the GOP House. Let Washington start with a measure that doesn't require voters to trust Washington.

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