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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 Dec. 22, 2010 15 Teves, 5771

Congress displeases on DREAM

By Roger Simon




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As the death rattle of the 111th Congress approaches its rheumy end, we admit that there are some actions our lawmakers have taken that do not displease us. (Why we are talking like Queen Victoria, we do not know.)

We are happy that a tax deal that enriched everybody from the ultra-deserving middle class to the scoundrel rich also will continue benefits to the unemployed. We are pleased with the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell” making it possible for gays and lesbians to openly risk their lives in our military adventures like everyone else.

And it is also to be hoped that an arms reduction treaty with Russia will be ratified, as we think we already have a sufficiency of nuclear warheads to incinerate the globe and everything on it an ample number of times.

Our displeasure was acute, however, with the failure of the Senate to pass the DREAM Act, which stands, we are assured, for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act.

To put it simply — and we prefer to put things simply so that members of Congress will understand us — if you were a small child smuggled in your mother’s arms across the border into the United States but now you have graduated from high school without seriously running afoul of the law and have attended two years of college, or if you wanted to serve your country in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban and Al Qaeda, you could get on the pathway to citizenship under this act.

(Some journalists, with whom we spend company as rarely as possible and think about even less, have written that the DREAM Act would bestow citizenship. It would not. It would give recipients a green card, making them resident aliens who could apply for citizenship in five years if they maintained high moral character, something somewhat difficult to do in this country if the shows we see on our television receiver are to be believed.)

President Barack Obama, for whom we have considerable respect, thought the DREAM Act would be the “easy” part of his comprehensive immigration reform package because it dealt with students and soldiers, whom some find it difficult to dislike without first meeting them.

Obama even bargained for Republican votes by sweetening the deal: He got tough on deportations, raising them to a record 390,000 per year, to show that he was no immigration “patsy” (a term we learned by watching “CSI: Miami”).

Alas, the Republicans were insufficiently sweetened. Though the House passed the bill 216-198 on Dec. 8, it was defeated by the Senate on Saturday by getting 55 yea votes to 41 nay votes.

While in most democracies 55-41 would be a victory, the U.S. Senate retains a feature called the “filibuster,” which would be better suited for the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan than for lawmaking but requires 60 votes to accomplish anything.

So the DREAM Act has gone down to defeat, and various people now proffer differing reasons. Naftali Bendavid, writing in The Wall Street Journal, a publication we have ironed and placed next to our kippers every morning, said Republicans complained that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid “was seeking to push through the DREAM Act, as well as a repeal of the prohibition on gays serving openly in the military, a spending bill and the New START nuclear arms pact with Russia at essentially the same time, just days before Christmas.”

Imagine members of Congress being required to enact legislation before going on one of their frequent holidays! The outrage of it! We admit we were amused, and a smile almost passed upon our lips.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) had a different reason for voting against the bill. “We’re not going to pass the DREAM Act, or any legalization program, until we secure our borders,” he said.

The impossibility of securing so large a border — especially since Americans are squeamish about the use of land mines — is well-known to all. For every 50-foot fence, the saying goes, there is a 51-foot ladder.

The way to stop illegal immigration is at the workplace, not at the border. If businesses had an inexpensive and reliable way of verifying who was in the country illegally, and if immigration laws punishing businesses for hiring illegal immigrants were enforced, one-third of the immigration problem would be solved.

The second third is deciding who should be allowed into the country legally and permanently — high-tech workers, nurses, plus a lottery for those less fortunate? And the final third is deciding what to do about the 12 million or so undocumented immigrants who are already living in America, some of them for decades.

This is called “closing the back door, closing the front door and deciding what to do with those trapped in between.”

Why, then, do we have these votes on bills that are sure to fail?

Bruce Morrison, an expert on immigration, tells us: “Was this about passing the DREAM Act, or was this about telling Hispanics that Democrats love them and Republicans hate them?”

So was this all a charade, a Kabuki dance, a stage act? Was this all, in other words, about politics?

We shudder.

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