In this issue

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 16, 2014 / 18 Tammuz, 5774

More Gray Hairs for Obama

By Roger Simon

JewishWorldReview.com | No matter how much you love your children, if you were a parent in Honduras, you might be tempted to ship them to the United States.

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world. In 2012, Honduras had 90.4 homicides per 100,000 people. The United States had 4.8. Canada had 1.6. Mexico had 21.5.

Honduras is also very poor. Unemployment is high, and there is less development than even in Haiti. There are also gangs that recruit, enslave and murder children.

So if you were a Honduran parent and smugglers offered you a chance to get your child to the United States, you might take it, assuming you could gather the money to pay.

In recent weeks, we have seen numerous stories about the explosive increase in the number of children who are making the long and dangerous crossing of Mexico to the U.S. border from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

Our Border Patrol arrested fewer than 4,000 unaccompanied minors from those three countries in 2011, but more than 52,000 have been arrested since October of last year.

If these children were from Mexico, they would be turned around at the border and sent back quickly. But a special law passed in 2008 to combat human trafficking guarantees children from countries that do not border the United States a hearing before an immigration judge and legal advice, including lawyers. Any good immigration lawyer can slow down the legal process and keep the children in the United States for year after year.

A few weeks ago, President Barack Obama had a simple message to Central American countries.

"Do not send your children to the borders," Obama said. "If they do make it, they'll get sent back. More importantly, they may not make it."

As if he just awoke from a deep slumber, Obama now wants an immediate $3.7 billion from Congress to fight a problem he has ignored for years.

He wants to give $1.8 billion to the Health and Human Services Department to better care for the immigrant children in the United States. This is a good thing. Seeing pictures of little kids in detention centers wrapped in those silver blankets as if they were ballpark hot dogs was heart-rending.

And those kids shouldn't be in detention centers at all. They should be with family members in the United States (about 15 percent of the domestic population of Honduras already lives in the United States) or in foster homes, which is what the 2008 law envisioned.

Next, Obama wants to give $1.5 billion to the Department of Homeland Security to beef up border security with more overtime for agents, more aerial surveillance and more drones. That would be a waste.

These children from Central America are not fleeing from our Border Patrol agents; they are fleeing to them. These children want to surrender, enter the legal process and find a home here.

Obama also wants $300 million to go to the State Department to help "stabilize" the Central American countries that the kids are fleeing — a nice thought, but how much of that $300 million would end up in the pockets of politicians and other criminals?

And lastly, Obama wants $64 million for the Justice Department to hire more immigration judges so he can send the children back to Central America more quickly and to hire more asylum lawyers to fight to keep the children here.

See a contradiction there?

"I have a problem with this administration," said Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. "On the one hand, they say we want to send kids back as soon as possible. Then they turn around and say, well, but these kids are escaping violence and drugs and sexual abuse and gangs. How do you reconcile those two?"

The Obama administration does not.

My go-to guy on immigration is Bruce Morrison, a former Democratic congressman from Connecticut who was chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, a member of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and House author of the Immigration Act of 1990. He is now an immigration attorney and lobbies on a wide variety of immigration issues.

"This is not a border security issue," he said. "The border isn't insecure. We don't need more people to catch these people. We have no trouble catching these kids.

"And if we have $3.7 billion to spend, I am not sure it's best spent on more lawyers in the United States. This is a job program for bureaucrats."

Morrison thinks Obama gets very little credit for what he does do right on immigration: hundreds of thousands of "border removals" each year, in which people who get stopped at the border without documents are promptly sent back to their home countries.

Morrison also thinks that too much is being made over the 50,000 or so undocumented children who have shown up on our doorstep, considering we have 11 million undocumented people in the country already.

"Let's not panic and send people back to their deaths," Morrison said. "These are children."

Morrison wants the children who are already here to be handled under existing law. But he wants Obama to draw a line in the sand, suspend the 2008 law for children from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, and make it more attractive for people in those countries to go to U.S. embassies and apply for refugee status in America.

Obama said he wanted to make comprehensive immigration reform his top priority for his second term. But this new immigration problem is not the one he wanted to tangle with.

"This is just something that is going to give him 10,000 more gray hairs," Morrison said.

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