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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 May 13, 2011 9 Iyar, 5771

Yes, we can fix immigration

By Roger Simon

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The instant analysis of President Barack Obama’s Tuesday speech about immigration at the Mexican border was that it was a naked ploy for Hispanic support.

A piece on The Washington Post’s op-ed page Wednesday said: “By standing up and delivering speeches like the one in El Paso, he ensures a bumper crop of Hispanic votes.”

Well … maybe.

Hispanics should not be confused with Martians. (Though, judging from some of the comments I get about my columns, the number of undocumented Martians in this country is shocking.) Hispanics have real-life, everyday concerns, just like everybody else.

A survey by the Pew Hispanic Center, a nonpartisan research organization, taken late last year before the congressional elections found that “immigration does not rank as a top voting issue for Hispanics.”

The survey found that immigration “ranks as the fifth-most-important issue” for registered Latino voters and as the “fourth-most-important issue for all Latinos.”

What were some issues they cared about more than immigration? The top three were education, jobs and health care.

That is not to say Hispanics don’t care about immigration. They do. But they have basic pocketbook concerns, too. They also have developed pretty good BS detectors when it comes to politicians and immigration reform.

Congress will not pass comprehensive immigration reform over the next few years, and Hispanics know it. Obama wants their votes by telling them his heart is in the right place, and he wants the votes of other Americans by saying he also cares about securing our borders.

“We have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans who said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about enforcement,” Obama said Tuesday. “They said we needed to triple the Border Patrol. Well, now they’re going to say we need to quadruple the Border Patrol, or they’ll want a higher fence. Maybe they’ll need a moat. Maybe they want alligators in the moat. They’ll never be satisfied.”

They won’t be. Nor will the border ever be absolutely secure.

So do we sit around and do nothing? No. Bruce Morrison has a fix. Morrison is a former Democratic congressman from Connecticut and was chairman of the House Immigration Subcommittee, a member of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and author of the Immigration Act of 1990. He is now an immigration attorney and lobbies on a wide variety of related issues.

He doesn’t agree with everything Obama says or does — Morrison was a Hillary Clinton supporter in the past presidential election — but Morrison believes the president “is sincerely trying to find a solution” to the immigration problem. Morrison also believes, however, the immediate solution must come from the White House, not Congress.

Right now, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement can cut some slack to illegal immigrants through a policy called “deferred action.” (ICE is a law enforcement agency under the Department of Homeland Security, which means it is part of the executive branch of government.)

Let’s say you are fighting in Afghanistan and your spouse gets picked up in a raid and is found to have entered the United States illegally years ago. Should we really deport her? While you are fighting for America? ICE has the discretion to leave illegal immigrants in the United States on a year-to-year basis.

Morrison wants more deferred actions, not for new illegal immigrants but for those already here. “What most Americans want is an end to large numbers of people coming into this country outside of the rules,” Morrison said. “They are saying, ‘We are sick of this crap. Fix it.’”

There are about 154 million people in the U.S. workforce, and about 60 million of them change jobs annually. Under Morrison’s plan, when you change jobs, you would get checked by a new electronic system to see whether you are in the U.S. legally. If you just arrived in the U.S. illegally, you would get sent back. If you are here illegally but have a work history, you would get to stay until Congress decides what to do with you.

This system would not change the number of illegal workers already in America, but at least that number wouldn’t grow too much.

This would not satisfy the people who want to add more alligators to the moat, but it would be an effective and compassionate response to illegal immigration. Morrison, who has worked in these trenches for 25 years and understands politics as well as he understands immigration, acknowledges that Obama has an easier path than the one Morrison suggests.

“He can just invite Republicans to beat him up for wanting to help Latinos, and that helps his Latino vote without doing much,” Morrison said. “But I think he wants more than that.”

Morrison mentioned that in part of Obama’s speech, he talked about “E pluribus unum” — out of many, one — and how that is the story of America. Obama talked about the need for border laws, but he also talked about what immigration means to America.

“That’s the promise of this country, that anyone can write the next chapter in our story,” Obama said.

Morrison’s plan would not require an act of Congress, only a decision by the president to let people keep writing America’s next chapters.

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