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 Aug. 6, 2014 / 10 Menachem-Av, 5774

Murderers, rapists, gang members among immigrant 'children'

By Jack Kelly

JewishWorldReview.com | The children streaming across our border are refugees fleeing violence in their home countries, Democrats say. That isn't true.

The primary reason they came to the U.S. was because they think they'll be allowed to stay, said 219 of 230 illegal immigrant children and adult family members interviewed by the Border Patrol in May, according to a report by the El Paso Intelligence Center.

Illegals have said the same to journalists who've interviewed them.

Nearly 90 percent of unaccompanied minors stopped at the border last year and this are teenagers, data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection indicates. In the Rio Grande Valley, adults and children crossing as part of a family unit outnumber "unaccompanied minor children" by nearly five to one.

Murder rates (homicides per 100,000) last year were very high in Honduras (83), high in El Salvador (40) and Guatemala (34), the countries from which most illegals come. But homicide rates in Central America have been high for decades. They'd been declining in all three countries for at least a year before the surge of illegals started.

Murder rates in El Salvador and Guatemala are lower now than in 2000. Murder rates in Flint, Michigan (62), Detroit (55), and New Orleans (53) in 2013 were higher than the homicide rate in El Salvador. Murder rates in those cities, and in Jackson, Miss (36), St. Louis (35), and Baltimore (35) were higher than in Guatemala. In many neighborhoods in those cities, and in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, murder rates are higher than in Honduras.

Murder rates may be declining in Central America in part because some of the killers are coming here. About 25 percent of illegals apprehended in Texas, 20 percent in Arizona have criminal records in their home countries, local authorities say. Some of the "children" sport tattoos indicating membership in MS-13, the vicious Salvadoran street gang.

The proportion of violent criminals among "the children" almost certainly is higher. "On a good day, we catch approximately 30 to 40 percent of all crossers while the rest simply get away," a Border Patrol agent in the Rio Grande Valley wrote to radio talk show host Alex Jones.

"The ones we are losing are convicted felons, aliens from special interest countries, and other high risk individuals," the Border Patrol officer said. "We are so overwhelmed and preoccupied by the flood of juveniles and family units that we cannot use our resources to catch the more serious aliens."

Since the fall of 2008, illegal immigrants have committed more than 3,000 murders and 8,000 sexual assaults in Texas, according to Gov. Rick Perry.

So it is beyond appalling that nearly 2,000 illegal aliens convicted of violent crimes were released from detention last year by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The administration is forcing Border Patrol officers to release "children" with MS-13 tattoos, Chris Cabrera, a union rep in the Rio Grande Valley, told KRGV-TV.

The 159,286 illegal aliens released from U.S. custody between 2008 and 2011 subsequently committed more than 16,000 crimes, of which about 1,800 were violent crimes, according to an analysis by the Congressional Research Service of Homeland Security data.

About 25 percent of inmates in federal prisons in 2010 were (mostly illegal) immigrants. Aliens, legal and illegal, comprised less than 4 percent of the people living in America that year.

The rate of criminality among illegal immigrants "is approximately one and one half times to double the rate of the general population," estimated a researcher at the University of Southern Mississippi in a 2013 paper.

The rate among the native born is 3.78 percent, so roughly between 92 and 95 percent of illegals are otherwise law abiding. But that means that among those who came here illegally, somewhere between the equivalent of the populations of Albuquerque (555,000) and San Francisco (826,000) commit crimes.

That's a lot of trouble to import. Americans who live where illegal aliens with criminal records or communicable diseases are being released or housed are understandably upset.

"This is not a humanitarian crisis," said Zach Taylor, chairman of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers. "It is a predictable, orchestrated and contrived assault on the compassionate side of Americans by her political leaders that knowingly puts minor Illegal Alien children at risk for purely political purposes."


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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

© 2014, Jack Kelly