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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 July 28, 2005 / 21 Tammuz, 5765

Border reforms must reconcile U.S. labor needs

By Robert Robb

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The United States needs an immigration policy it is willing to enforce, and then to enforce it.

The immigration reform legislation announced 2 weeks ago by Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, meets that test. But it does so in a way that is suboptimal for the country's economic performance.

The Cornyn-Kyl bill is far more comprehensive, and serious, about enforcement than the rival immigration reform bill introduced by Sens. John McCain, R-Arizona, and Ted Kennedy, D-Massachusetts. Arizona Republican congressmen Jeff Flake and Jim Kolbe are also sponsors of the McCain-Kennedy approach.

Cornyn-Kyl substantially augments the border patrol, expands immigration detention beds and increases legal resources for processing deportations. Even more importantly, it moves aggressively toward workplace enforcement. All employers would have to verify Social Security numbers in real time.

The Social Security Administration would have to develop and issue a new, less-forgeable Social Security card. Agents devoted to workplace enforcement would be dramatically increased and penalties stiffened.

Those who support a liberal immigration policy scoff at border and workplace enforcement efforts, saying that the key is to dry up illegal immigration by meeting the demand for it through legal channels. But even if this is true, post 9/11, the United States should not leave in place a vulnerable, porous border or an indifferent attitude toward compliance with immigration laws. Border and workplace enforcement are now a security as well as an immigration policy issue.

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In the age of terrorism, the United States needs to get as firm a control as possible over who is in our country. What was once arguable immigration policy is now necessary security policy.

The Cornyn-Kyl bill is less solid regarding meeting the need for unskilled labor in the United States.

Cornyn-Kyl is obviously crafted to avoid any suggestion of amnesty for those currently residing in the country illegally. Resident illegal immigrants would be permitted to apply for deferred mandatory departure, given temporary legal status but required to leave the country within five years. If they did not depart, they would lose the other opportunities the bill creates for re-entry.

Critics say this won't work. Resident illegal immigrants won't voluntarily leave. But if illegal immigrants make a rational economic decision to come here, they can make a rational economic decision to leave. If the workplace enforcement provisions are effective, combined with the ban on public welfare benefits, the ability for illegal immigrants to make a better life in this country will diminish. Over time, the number of illegal immigrants would attrit.

The question is whether such a forced departure is in the best interest of the country. Many illegal immigrants are very productive workers. Why should the United States be telling productive workers to leave?

Yes, these workers, however productive, broke American immigration law to be here. And the argument that there shouldn't be rewards for illegal behavior is an honorable and powerful one.

But Peruvian economist Hernando De Soto has a very revealing chapter about the United States in his book, The Mystery of Capital. In it, he traces how frequently the law caught up with informal and even illegal economic practices in the United States, particularly in the settling of the west. Finding a way to allow productive illegal workers to stay would be a similarly sensible accommodation.

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The same flaw afflicts the Cornyn-Kyl temporary guest worker program. Participants could work for two years, but would have to exit the program for a year after that. Temporary workers could be employed for a maximum of six years under the program.

Cornyn-Kyl does expand the permanent resident slots for unskilled workers. But proven temporary workers get no preference in obtaining these new slots. If a temporary worker proves himself productive and valuable, why not create a preferred pathway for permanent residency and even citizenship?

The United States needs to substantially better enforce its immigration laws. And it needs to effectively regulate the level of unskilled labor it imports to minimize adverse effects on the wages of native workers.

But productive workers are valuable assets. A sensible immigration policy would create pathways to keeping them, rather than forcing them to leave.

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