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 5, 2010/ 21 Iyar 5770

Twelve Million Illegals --- or Thirty?

By Arnold Ahlert

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Once Americans are satisfied that the borders are secure, the immigration policies they will favor will reflect their — and the law enforcement profession's — healthy aversion to the measures that would be necessary to remove from the nation the nearly 11 million illegal immigrants, 60 percent of whom have been here for more than five years. It would take 200,000 buses in a bumper-to-bumper convoy 1,700 miles long to carry them back to the border. Americans are not going to seek and would not tolerate the police methods that would be needed to round up and deport the equivalent of the population of Ohio."— George Will

It is no surprise that the American left is in hysterics regarding the new immigration law passed by Arizona. In the fevered constitutions of those raised to believe feelings matter most, hysteria, race-huckstering, name-calling and outright lying are considered a viable substitute for a logical argument.

Intellectual dishonesty has been the left's stock in trade for decades.

Unfortunately, there are many on the right who, while they may not be intellectually dishonest, exhibit demonstrable signs of intellectual laziness, as the above quote from a recent column by George Will indicates. I'm not singling Mr. Will out. There are plenty of other conservatives who are equally squishy when it comes to dealing with wholesale law-breaking. Much like their liberal brethren, expediency trumps the rule of law: illegals are here to stay, so we may as well make the best of it.

Yet expediency is precisely what got us to where we are today. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 provided a pathway to citizenship in exchange for stricter law enforcement against those entering the country illegally, and those who hired them to work. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, the amnesty provision in that bill provided lawful permanent residence to approximately 2.7 million people. Just before amnesty was enacted, our illegal immigrant population was estimated to be 5 million people.

By 1997, new illegals had replaced former illegals and the illegal population was once again estimated to be 5 million.

To those of us who understand the machinations of leftist politics—even when those machinations are embraced by non-leftists—this is totally unsurprising. Much like the health care bill, the formula is simple: make all sorts of promises, then break them with impunity. The health care bill will save money? An abject lie. We will vigorously enforce laws in the 1986 immigration bill in exchange for amnesty? An even bigger lie.

And the numbers tell the story—or do they? Apparently I didn't make myself clear enough in a previous column on the subject. Take a good look at Mr. Will's comments above. He, like so many others in media and government, are doing their damndest to hammer home what may be the biggest lie of all:

We have "approximately" 11-20 million illegals in America.

Letter from JWR publisher

Every single aspect of immigration "reform," aka amnesty, endorsed by both hard-core, open-border lefties and intellectually lazy, fearful-of-Hispanic-backlash conservatives is predicated on the idea that America can absorb millions of border-busters—again—because 11-20 million illegals is a "manageable" number. It doesn't even matter that this estimate which, by itself, has an eighty-one percent spread between the low number and the high number, is invariably considered the gospel truth in virtually every discussion of the subject.

Question: how many Americans would be willing to put, say, 30-40 million illegal immigrants on a "pathway to citizenship?" How many Americans, like George Will, et al, would be OK with legalizing a group equivalent to ten percent (or more) of the entire population of the United States of America? Sort of changes the entire discussion, no?

You bet it does—which is exactly why no one in the tank for amnesty will touch it.

And never forget: even the 11-20 million estimate doesn't include the extended families of illegals who would likely be brought into the country once their relatives were legalized.

Here's another number no one else is talking about: according to www.census.gov, the number of legal immigrants admitted to this country from 1901-2000 was 46.9 million. Again, would Americans embrace the possibility that Congress and the White House could craft a law which would legalize as many people in one day as we did in a substantial portion of an entire century?

Ronald Reagan's Attorney General, Ed Meese lll, reminds us that those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it: Here's what he wrote in a 2006 editorial for the NY Times regarding the 1986 amnesty bill:

"There is a practical problem as well: the 1986 act did not solve our illegal immigration problem. From the start, there was widespread document fraud by applicants. Unsurprisingly, the number of people applying for amnesty far exceeded projections. And there proved to be a failure of political will in enforcing new laws against employers."

Question number two: how many times in the last year alone have we heard about "expert" predictions that "didn't meet expectations?"

Predictably, the American left couldn't care less. They would grant amnesty to a hundred million illegals if they could get away with it. Their America is all about permanent one-party rule by any means necessary. But what in the world can Republicans and conservatives like George Will be thinking? It is a testament to the utter lack of intellectual rigor that perhaps the most important question regarding immigration reform has never been asked:

If the population estimates of illegals are off by a considerable margin, does it affect your position on the issue?

Until this question is asked and answered, all other aspects of the immigration reform debate are moot. I'm asking. Is there anyone with the guts to answer?

Mr. Will believes Americans would not tolerate deporting the "equivalent of the population of Ohio." Wrong question, Mr. Will. Better question: would Americans tolerate granting amnesty to a population possibly the equivalent of California?

The ball's in your court, George.

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