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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 May 15, 2013/ 6 Sivan, 5773

Secure borders? US already has them

By Jeff Jacoby

Jeff Jacoby




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In the clamor over immigration, the demand for more border security has been unrelenting. Immigration restrictionists have dug in their heels, insisting that stronger border controls must come before any other change. The Senate’s bipartisan Gang of Eight, bowing to political reality, is proposing an immigration overhaul that creates a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants living in the United States, but makes it contingent on a series of border-focused security “triggers.”

The bill they introduced last month is styled the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013” — the order of those terms is not random — yet a majority of Americans doubts the government would actually secure the border if the law is passed. Florida Senator Marco Rubio, one of the bill’s sponsors, publicly invited critics to suggest ways the security triggers could be made even tougher.

Immigration hard-liners are determined to prevent a repeat of 1986, the year President Ronald Reagan signed a landmark immigration law offering amnesty — it wasn’t a fighting word then — to about 2.7 million illegal immigrants. Yet the massive border strengthening called for in the law never materialized, critics say. So they’ve learned their lesson: border security first.

But suppose that in the years since then we had undertaken a massive effort to secure the Mexican border? What if, instead of largely ignoring the rising pressure to crack down on migrants entering the country illegally, Congress and the president had responded to it to with a will?

There is no need to imagine. They did.

Contrary to popular mythology, the federal government has taken border security so seriously that by now it spends more than $18 billion a year on border and immigration enforcement — 15 times what it was spending at the time the 1986 law was enacted. Washington now puts more money into immigration control than into all other federal criminal law-enforcement agencies — including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Secret Service, the US Marshals Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — combined.

The US Border Patrol has been dramatically built up, with the number of agents at the border having doubled over the past decade alone to more than 21,000. In addition to “boots on the ground,” America’s border is now being patrolled with radar stations, surveillance cameras, nearly 700 miles of steel fencing, and even Predator drones.

With our southern border quasi-militarized in this manner, the number of aliens illegally crossing into the United States has plummeted. From a high of 1.6 million in 2000, Border Patrol apprehensions are now at one-fifth that level, the lowest rate since the 1970s.

For all the complaints about insufficient enforcement, the feds are now more pitiless about prosecuting immigration violators than ever before — today a majority of all federal criminal prosecutions are immigration-related. And illegal immigrants and criminals have been deported with such growing aggressiveness in recent years that during President Obama’s first term, a record 1.5 million deportations were carried out.

This is not a description of some alternative reality in which border security had been taken more seriously. It’s a description of how seriously immigration and border enforcement have been taken in recent decades. From the Predator drones to the record-high deportations to the vast increase in Border Patrol agents, the last thing Washington can be accused of is ignoring the ferocious public pressure to secure the border.

Though you would never know it from all the hyperventilating and ginned-up outrage, net migration across the southern US border has now fallen to zero — the number of Mexicans entering is now matched (or even exceeded) by the number leaving.

Border security, of course, is a perfectly sensible goal. An impenetrable, airtight Berlin Wall of a border is not. Mexico and the United States are democratic friends and indispensable economic partners, deeply linked by ties of family, history, and trade. As Shannon O’Neil of the Council on Foreign Relations notes, the US-Mexico border is legally crossed daily by more than $1 billion worth of goods, 13,000 trucks, 1,000 railroad cars, and 400,000 people. It is mad to imagine that such a busy and important frontier could be sealed so hermetically that no one without legal papers can ever get across. It is even madder to insist that intelligent immigration reforms should be held hostage to such an irrational goal.

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