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December 2, 2014

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 August 16, 2013/ 10 Elul, 5773

Seeking the ‘Right Thing' in Immigration Reform

By Suzanne Fields




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The white-hot debate over immigration is fired by anecdote, tale and even parable. The personal is always political, and when immigration is up for debate, the personal inflames every debater with pride and prejudice. At the town meetings now being called to order across the continent, congressmen are spending their recess getting an earful, peppered with pro and con about the bill presented by the Gang of Eight in the Senate and passed on to the House. The personal is everything.

Nearly everyone knows someone — or says he does — who has succeeded as an illegal, saved by an amnesty past and who became as fine an American citizen as thee and thou. Most of us know someone who hired a great yard worker, baby sitter or kitchen helper, and suspected he or she was illegal, but didn't ask. It was better — or more convenient — not to know.

Others know — or say they do — an ill-spoken immigrant who takes advantage of taxpayer-supported education and medical care, even if only at an emergency room. The suspicion draws on the ethnic stereotypes to find that grain of truth about the worst of the illegals.

D.A. King, an anti-immigration lobbyist from Georgia, fans the fires of contempt for Hispanics, calling them "the tribalists." His contempt grew from a confrontation with a Mexican neighbor who brought noisy immigrants to his quiet street and changed the tone of community life. He likes Rep. Steve King of Iowa, a Republican, who called illegal immigrants drug-runners racing across the border with "calves the size of cantaloupes."

Republican strategist Ann Navarro tells "Meet the Press" that she thinks, or hopes, House leaders won't let the Republicans be defined by such rhetoric: "There are other voices who are the adults in the room and who are working hard toward a reform."

On the day The New York Times splashed a story about D.A. King's colorful anti-immigration rhetoric, The Wall Street Journal published a moving op-ed essay about a hardworking stranger from Honduras named Angel, who lives up to his name. Angel led his immigrant family of uncles and cousins, eager for work, into his neighborhood to earn respect, affection and opportunity. They were diligent and disciplined, whether weeding, working a power drill or lawn mower, cleaning gutters, painting, laying tile or hanging drywall. Their neighbors eagerly hired them, though they suspected Angel needed an immigration lawyer.


Mitt Romney prescribed "self-deportation" of illegals, but can anyone imagine lining up the buses to actually take the 11 million illegals home? How could it be done? Such a movement of men, women and children would beggar the logistics of D-Day. There are parts of the immigration bill that could get a majority in the House if the parts were selectively sorted and voted on separately in what Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin calls the "step-by-step" approach." That means first allocating the money to secure the border — actually securing it, and not just pretending it has been secured.

Bringing the illegals out of the shadows means requiring them to pay fines and back taxes and to submit to thorough background checks to get the right to go to the back of the immigration line. But this sounds as impractical as "self-deportation." If the illegals had the money to pay thousands of dollars in fines and back taxes, many of them probably wouldn't have left home in the first place or would have already gone home.

Expanding the numbers of work visas for immigrants with high-tech skills, and for agricultural workers for farmers who are finding a decline in the numbers of new workers, has significant advantages for American productivity. Offering the undocumented children of illegal aliens brought here by their parents, who bear no culpability for their illegal status, an ability to live the American dream by earning a way to citizenship is attractive to most Americans.

"We should approach this issue based on what's the right thing to do, on what's the right policy," Ryan told an interviewer on "Face the Nation." Democratic congressional leaders are heartened by news from the grass roots that House Republicans, listening to their constituents, are warming to parts of the Senate bill. This cheers the Democrats, who don't want the border made tougher because they think, with good reason, that most arriving Hispanics will, like the illegals, vote Democratic. Legalizing millions of illegals could turn Texas blue and put California permanently out of reach of Republican presidential candidates.

Americans have always been generous and eager to lend a hand to deserving newcomers, to do "the right thing." The right thing is elusive and hard to define. Coming to a consensus on "the right thing" seems all but impossible, but it's no less necessary to find that elusive "right thing," and do it, step-by-step.

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