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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 July 25, 2007 / 10 Menachem-Av, 5767

Border enforcement only as good as federal intent

By Jonathan Gurwitz

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff was in Texas last week to provide answers about the Secure Border Initiative. In an interview with the Houston Chronicle, Chertoff said construction on 153 miles of border fencing in the Lone Star State would begin by fall.

Chertoff, however, was addressing the wrong question. Few people doubt the government can start a project that might enhance border security. The real uncertainty is about if it will ever finish the job.

Whether you believe fencing — of the traditional or virtual type — is a reasonable or effective part of the solution to our homeland security problem is not the issue. The issue is the credibility of the White House, Congress and the leadership of both parties to deliver on policy pledges.

The Secure Fence Act, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush on Oct. 26, requires the government to achieve and maintain operational control over the entire international land and maritime borders of the United States within 18 months. Lawmakers allocated $1.2 billion to the project.

We're nine months in. Does anyone believe we're halfway to the goal of controlling our borders?

The first milestone in the act was a May 30 deadline for the creation of an interlocking surveillance camera system along the border in California and Arizona. Status: incomplete.

Actually, worse than incomplete. Government Executive reports the entire surveillance system of cameras, radar and communications equipment that makes up the virtual fence is vulnerable to cyber-attack. Drug runners, human smugglers or terrorists can use standard Wi-Fi equipment and a laptop computer to take down the technological barrier.

If politicians want to know why there is so much cynicism about government, why polls are showing the approval ratings of the legislative and executive branches at or near historic lows, they need look no further than the issues of immigration and national security.

Last year, President Bush deployed 6,000 National Guard personnel to assist federal authorities with security on the U.S.-Mexico border. According to data released this month by the Customs and Border Protection Agency, apprehensions during the period from Oct. 1 through June 30 were down 24 percent compared to the same period a year ago — 682,468 versus 894,496.

Given evidence of a border security initiative that's actually in place and working, what did the president do? He announced that the National Guard deployment would be cut in half by Sept. 1.

Since the last supposed immigration reform in 1986, successive Congresses and administrations headed by both Republicans and Democrats have failed to deliver on enforcement provisions. One party acquiesces to a porous border in order to cater to the interests of businesses that want a constant flow of cheap labor. The other party does so to appease the demands of identity politics.

But a porous border and lax immigration enforcement are no longer an economic or domestic political issue. Since Sept. 11, 2001, they have become a national security issue.

In the groundbreaking series "Breaching America" published in May, my Express-News colleague Todd Bensman followed human smuggling routes from the Middle East into Central America and Mexico and across the border into the United States. Last week, ABC News obtained an FBI intelligence report about a human smuggling ring that "used to smuggle Mexicans, but decided to smuggle Iraqi or other Middle Eastern individuals because it was more lucrative."

Is anyone in a position of leadership paying attention?

The American people have magnanimous attitudes about legal immigration. They also have memories of broken promises, unenforced immigration laws and a bureaucracy that was asleep at the switch as a horrendous terrorist plot unfolded.

The public outcry over the failed immigration bill carries a simple message. No more promises. No more pledges to start what already should have been done. Just let us know when you finish the job.

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JWR contributor Jonathan Gurwitz, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, is a co-founder and twice served as Director General of the Future Leaders of the Alliance program at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. In 1986 he was placed on the Foreign Service Register of the U.S. State Department.

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