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 May 23, 2006 / 25 Iyar, 5766

The real national language

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders
Printer Friendly Version
Email this article

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As far as I can see, when President Bush talks about a "rational middle ground" on the immigration front, what he really means is that Congress should pass more immigration laws that no American president will bother to enforce.

So, when Bush talks about getting tougher on the border, while easing the path to citizenship for some of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the country, I don't believe a word of his tough talk. Where Bush sees some 12 million illegal immigrants yearning for legal status, I see the millions more who will interpret a feckless new law as an invitation to come to the United States, and U.S. immigration law be damned.

Only one thing will make me believe and support a compromise that grants citizenship to illegal residents: If Bush orders the feds to raid a high-profile employer every week for the rest of the year and then prosecutes some of the suits who wittingly hire illegal workers.

Forget the photo-op at the border.

Give me a photo-op that will help depolarize the magnet of American jobs.

After all, it's not exactly a state secret which industries and employers hire illegal workers. The utter failure to prosecute these employers would be baffling, except that it is so clear that neither Bush nor senators of either party want to enforce the law.

On "Face the Nation" Sunday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., proclaimed that California was the biggest state when it comes to hiring undocumented workers, with many undocumented workers in landscaping, construction, the service sector and agriculture. She argued, "Employer sanctions don't work. Every time an employer is raided and arrested, there is a public outcry, because basically people have sympathy with those who are here and work hard, long hours and want to live the American dream."

Public outcry? I have sympathy with those who come here and work illegally — but not for the executives who hire them contrary to immigration law.

The closest thing to an outcry I can remember occurred in 2003, when House Democratic leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi accused the Bushies of "terrorizing" workers after Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials raided a number of Wal-Mart stores for hiring and contracting undocumented janitors.

Pelosi certainly wasn't in step with the 59 percent of California voters who in 1994 supported Proposition 187 to withhold services from illegal immigrants.

Some conservatives argue that illegal immigration is good for the economy. Tamar Jacoby of the Manhattan Institute recently told me that if government action forced industries such as meatpacking to pay higher wages, owners would respond by moving their operations to another country.

To which Chicago attorney Howard Foster, who has initiated class-action lawsuits against those who hire illegal aliens, responded that those companies "in effect" already have moved elsewhere.

Donate to JWR

But instead of moving their plants abroad, employers import workers — and their poverty — from Third World countries to the United States.

At least Bush has stopped referring to "the jobs Americans will not take." In his primetime speech last week, Bush spoke of "the jobs Americans are not doing." It seems the Bushies are fed up with being reminded that Americans will take those jobs — if they pay better wages.

Language is important. It's so important that the Senate voted 63-34 to proclaim English as America's "national language." Yes, English is so important that Washington struggles to mangle the meaning of every word in the debate — and to pass a "national language" provision that, like everything else in the Senate immigration package, is designed to appear tough but is utterly feckless.

Sens. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., and John McCain, R-Ariz., complain bitterly that it is unfair to refer to what they call "earned citizenship" as "amnesty," when amnesty is the proper term for a law that would grant citizenship to illegal residents. Senators tout "guest worker" provisions, even if the provisions will be so under-enforced that most of America's "guests" will never leave.

I buy that Bush believes in his heart he is doing the right thing on immigration. But he doesn't show enough faith in his agenda to sell it truthfully. And he doesn't show enough faith in the law to enforce it vigorously — especially on white-collar criminals.

Ditto the Senate. Surely, members of Washington's reputed deliberative body know the English provision is a scam.

When it comes to the immigration debate in Washington, double talk is America's national language.

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

Comment JWR contributor Debra J. Saunders's column by clicking here.

Debra J. Saunders Archives

© 2006, Creators Syndicate