Illegal immigration is a hot-button issue that flares up every so often. During the last few weeks, “think of the children” has been the battle cry of many on the political left, with a few allies from the right jumping in to voice their condemnation of the alleged mistreatment of illegal aliens that have entered our southern border. Those politicians and their fellow quislings in the mainstream media have waxed poetic on several different platforms, lambasting President Trump and his administration for enforcing current U.S. laws, some of which date back to the Clinton era (e.g., family separation).
The history of how we got here is instructive.
In the mid-2000s, two offsetting trends in unauthorized immigration to the U.S. occurred. At the turn of the millennium, the overwhelming majority of unauthorized immigrants apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Border Patrol were Mexican — 1.12 million out of 1.24 million in 2003, for example. By the end of the decade, however, immigration from Mexico had dropped by half. Even though immigration from the “Northern Triangle” countries — Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador — virtually doubled during this time period, the drop in unauthorized immigrants from Mexico resulted in a historic net decline in total unauthorized immigration to the U.S.
In its recent ruling in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the Supreme Court reaffirmed that “religious hostility on the part of the State” is impermissible. Some have commented that this decision does not resolve the tension between First Amendment rights and anti-discrimination laws; yet its impact may be far-reaching if it deters courts from second-guessing religious practitioners’ understanding of their own faith.
The relocation of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem on May 14 marked the fulfillment of decades of promises by U.S. presidents and others to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. For those of us at the Orthodox Union (OU), May 14 marked a triumphant conclusion to a hard-fought quest that spanned 46 years.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s press conference, in which he revealed that Israel had snatched from under the noses of the Iranians thousands of files outlining Tehran’s secret nuclear program prior to 2015, was certainly a tour de force. Whether it will result in the complete scrapping of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, formally known by its cumbersome title, Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, is an entirely different matter.
Next month, I will join more than 150 Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) supporters from across the United States on a mission to Poland and Israel with four Holocaust survivors and 50 soldiers and officers representing all branches of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
The Republican Party’s view on free trade between the Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush administrations was encapsulated by Larry Kudlow on CNBC: “We believe that free market capitalism is the best path to prosperity.”
Peace is not the mere cessation of hostilities. America does not have peace with New Zealand, for instance — it just doesn’t know where it is. Lack of fighting does not mean peace, either: The fact that you don’t argue with your cleaning lady does not mean you have more peace with her than your spouse.
Our instructions were to arrive at Teddy Kollek Stadium in Jerusalem. From the moment we boarded buses to the new U.S. Embassy, the collective excitement and anticipation was clear. Just being on a bus with Natan Sharansky sitting a few seats away was exhilarating. We could have stayed on the bus for hours and it would have been enough for us (dayenu!).
George Washington would be ashamed of the students at his namesake university who called Monday evening for the university’s administration to divest from Israel, the Jewish State and only true democracy in the Middle East.
A prominent Greek statesman named Pericles once said, “Just because you don’t take an interest in politics, doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.”
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