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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 May 19, 2014 / 19 Iyar, 5774

Obama hampering immigration reform

By Joseph Perkins




JewishWorldReview.com | With growing optimism in Washington that bipartisan immigration reform just might be enacted this year, President Barack Obama dampened that optimism this week with unhelpful remarks calculated, it appears, to rankle House Republicans.

The president suggested there is a two- to three-month window for the Boehner GOP to get off the dime on immigration reform and "get the ball rolling." The only impediment, he jabbed, is "a handful of House Republicans" too myopic to realize "that blocking immigration reform is not a good idea."

That's the kind of impolitic rhetoric by Obama that sank bipartisan immigration reform last year when it seemed near certain that both the Democrat-controlled Senate and Republican-controlled House would agree on compromise legislation.

Indeed, with eight Senate Democrats and Republicans working in comity on an immigration bill that could win support on both sides of the aisle, and in both chambers of Congress, the Obama White House leaked its competing immigration reform proposal, which very nearly undid bipartisan Senate negotiations.

Then he followed up that divisive move by releasing some 2,000 illegal immigrants detained by Homeland Security for criminal offenses. And he attributed his actions to the sequester, for which he blamed Republicans.

Even newspapers that sided with Obama in his battle with Republicans over the sequester, like the Boston Globe, editorialized that his administration's release of thousands of undocumented immigrants wasn't the appropriate response to sequestration.

Meanwhile, last May, House Republicans and Democrats actually reached a breakthrough agreement on immigration reform. But, then, Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez, one of the bipartisan group of lawmakers who crafted the House legislation, got an 11th -hour phone call from the White House. Gutierrez was informed that President Obama opposed a compromise on border security House Democrats struck with Republicans to seal the deal on the lower chamber's immigration reform bill. And, just like that, the breakthrough agreement was undone.

Now, exactly one year later, the House appears ready to revisit immigration reform. And there is a very real possibility that a bipartisan agreement can be reached - again. That is, unless it is sabotaged - again - by President Obama.

The key provisions of such an agreement would remain the same this year as they were in 2013:


  • Illegal immigrants would appear before an immigration court, where they would receive probation requiring that they pay certain fines, learn English and obey the law.

  • In return, the undocumented immigrant would no longer face the omnipresent threat of deportation and they would be eligible for green cards after 10 years.

  • As a condition of legal status in the U.S., they would appear before an immigration court, where they would be given probation, which would forestall the threat of deportation for entering the country unlawfully.

  • The path from provisional legal status to eventual citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants would be linked to beefed-up border security; importantly, rollout of the employment verification system.

House Democrats, led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, agreed with Republicans that deployment of E-Verify, as the system is known, would be the "hard trigger" for opening up that path to citizenship for the undocumented. President Obama objects to the hard trigger, which is not included in the soft immigration reform bill the Senate approved last year. But without the trigger, there is no guarantee the administration will make good on E-Verify and other essential border security measures.

That's why House Speaker John Boehner said recently that his Republican caucus is willing to take up immigration reform yet again, but they don't trust Obama to implement, in entirety, the legislation Congress sends to his desk.

That's a legitimate concern considering how this president has failed to enforce certain provisions of certain laws - like his unilateral delay of numerous provisions of Obamacare.

So while Obama asserts that a "handful of House Republicans" are standing in the way of immigration reform, the real obstacle is the president himself.

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Previously:


04/8/14 Time for another Constitutional Convention
03/03/14 Trouble finds a growing list of Obama critics

© 2014, Joseph Perkins

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