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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 March 9, 2012/ 15 Adar, 5772

Laws? We Don't Need No Stinking Laws!

By Greg Crosby



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Yep, it happened. The Los Angeles Police Commission has approved LAPD Chief Charlie Beck's scheme to revise the city's impound rules for drivers caught driving without a license. This makes it much easier for illegal drivers to get back on the road; instead of having their vehicle impounded, now all they need is to have someone with a driver's license available.

Beck pushed for this, calling the mandatory 30-day impounds unfair to illegal immigrants, who are not allowed to apply for drivers licenses. And we certainly don't want to have any laws which are unfair to people who have broken the law by coming into our country illegally, do we? Clearly this lays the ground work for, at last, giving illegals legal driver's licenses. Folks, it's only a matter of time.

In a letter to the Daily News last week, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich responded to an editorial column which supported giving drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants. Supervisor Antonovich rightly said that to do so would be stupid and irresponsible since it only provides another incentive to those who break the federal immigration laws. He then went on to list a litany of ways illegals are costing Los Angeles tax payers a fortune.

The so-called "anchor babies" are born to Mexican women who have crossed the boarder illegally to give birth here in California. These babies are entitled to all kinds of benefits which are paid for by U.S. taxpayers. Just in Los Angeles County alone, children of illegal immigrants born here are receiving over $642 million a year for welfare and food stamps. Antonovich noted that an ICE survey of Los Angeles County jails found that illegal immigrants annually cost taxpayers over $550 million. Additionally, our county costs for medical services exceed $500 million.

Put 'em all together and they spell $1.7 billion, and that's not even including the cost of education. This is just L.A. County, mind you. A year and a half ago, the Federation for American Immigration Reform also looked at these kinds of costs nationwide to get an idea of the burden to local governments at a time when many are grappling with budget deficits.

The organization reported that the cost of illegal immigration stands at about $113 billion a year. Nearly half of that amount went toward education costs, according to the study. Costs were naturally higher in states with large illegal immigrant populations like California. Our total annual tab came in at $21.8 billion.

Why so much? Well, because around 62 percent of all illegal immigrants are working and getting paid under the table. That means that these immigrants will never pay taxes on the money they earn or have the motivation to get a legal green card and be allowed to be in a certain country. Also, if their children go to public school, the children will usually need some sort of financial aid.

According to the last U.S. Census, the government estimates we now have twelve million illegal aliens in the United States. Of these, more than half are from Mexico alone. And remember this, the true number may be much higher because many did not report in the census. The average amount each state spends to provide welfare, medical, food stamps and education alone is between eleven to twenty two billion dollars a year. This does not include the amount paid from the Social Security and Medicare fund to immigrants who have never worked a day in the U.S.! Not a day!

To those who say, "people who come over the boarder without papers are just trying to make a better life for themselves" forget that when illegals sneak in here to work they undercut the poor and middle class U.S. citizens. They bring down the job market and make it impossible for legitimate workers to compete against illegals willing to work at half or less than half the going rate. Los Angeles is fast becoming the capital for the Third World's poorest of the poor in this country.

And then, of course, we have the drug gangs which not only ship billions of dollars worth of drugs into this country, but operate the human smuggling rings. The dangerous lowlifes that come across the border with impunity imbed themselves into neighborhood communities, commit violent crimes, and then hightail it back over into Mexico. According to one stat, every single day 12 Americans are killed by an illegal immigrant.

So, how to solve this problem? Well, it's a no brainer for our esteemed mayor, police chief and other high ranking city officials; just change the laws and if you can't change them, ignore them. Hey, it's just your city government doing their damndest to make life easier for the illegal immigrants while they make life a hell of a lot tougher for the average working citizen.

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JWR contributor Greg Crosby, former creative head for Walt Disney publications, has written thousands of comics, hundreds of children's books, dozens of essays, and a letter to his congressman. A freelance writer in Southern California, you may contact him by clicking here.

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