Sunday, December 31, 2017


DACA is a US Federal government program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, created in 2012 under then-President Barack Obama to allow individuals brought to the US illegally as children the temporary right to live, study and work in America. Those applying are vetted for any criminal history or threat to national security and must be students or have completed school or military service. If they pass vetting, action to deport them is deferred for two years, with a chance to renew, and they become eligible for basics like a driving license, college enrollment or a work permit.

DREAMER is the label for a person covered by the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. [Note: this Act never became law.] Those protected under DACA are known as “Dreamers”. By the time President Trump announced his decision to rescind the program, 787,580 had been granted approval under DACA. To apply, they must have been younger than 31 on 15 June 2012, when the program began, and “undocumented” - lacking legal immigration status. They must have arrived in the US before turning 16 and lived in the US continuously since June 2007. Most Dreamers are from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras and the largest numbers live in California, Texas, Florida and New York. They range in age from 15 to 36 (according to the White House)
The Trump administration announced that it plans to scrap DACA. Attorney general Jeff Sessions said the US would end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in March 2018. Congress was given up to six months to find a legislative alternative. Sessions announced that new DACA applications would no longer be accepted.

This proclamation stimulated almost 800,000 people into turmoil and fear. Keep in mind that these are people who have come to the USA illegally, and may have no intention to rescind citizenship in their former country. They want to work in the USA, but they may not be interested in citizenship. The majority may only desire green-card worker status.

The question should be whether those who broke the US immigration law to live and work in the USA should be provided special dispensation to remain in the US ahead of those who have adhered to the US immigration law in seeking to live and work in the USA. Should law-breakers get special treatment in preference to law-keepers?

The DACA program was a compromise devised by the Obama administration after Congress failed to pass the so-called Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would have offered those who had arrived illegally as children the chance of permanent legal residency. This bipartisan act was introduced in 2001 and has repeatedly failed to pass into law.

There is no bipartisan support for allowing law-breakers special dispensation regarding immigration. However, the Obama Administration enacted Presidential Executive Order(s) providing such special dispensation even though the US Congress has not allowed such dispensation to become law.

The Trump Administration has announced that it would begin “an orderly, lawful wind down” of DACA, including “the cancellation of the memo that authorized this program”. This referenced memo was sent from Obama Administration Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to immigration chiefs in 2012, telling them not to enforce deportation of Dreamers.

Because President Obama created the DACA program as an executive policy decision, President Trump has the power to simply reverse the policy. He indicated that the government will “generally not take actions” to remove law-abiding DACA recipients. President Trump gave Congress six months to come up with a legislative solution.

Under the Trump administration, new applications under DACA will no longer be accepted. For those currently in the program, their legal status and other DACA-related permits (such as to work and attend college) will begin expiring in March 2018. Those with work permits expiring between 5 September 2017 and 5 March 2018 will be allowed to apply for renewal by 5 October. Unless Congress passes legislation allowing a new channel for temporary or permanent legal immigration status, Dreamers will all lose their status by March 2020.

Technically, as their statuses lapse, they could be deported and sent back to their countries of origin. These individuals may have no familiarity with the country of their origin because many of them came to the USA as children when they and their parents managed illegal entry into the USA. It is unclear whether this will or will not happen. Fear had been rising in the US illegal-alien community due to the announcement that the program will be ending. There is as yet no alternative to the current DACA-DREAMER provisions that will completely expire by March 2020.

President Trump has said (according to The Guardian) "...he wanted to “work something out” for Dreamers. “We don’t want to hurt those kids,” he said. “We love the Dreamers.” On the day the end of Daca was announced, he said: “I have advised the department of homeland security that Daca recipients are not enforcement priorities unless they are criminals, are involved in criminal activity, or are members of a gang.”"

It is estimated by un-documented sources that there may be as many as 11 million undocumented persons in the USA at this time.

Most of the Information for this article is taken (and somewhat rearranged) from

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Better Eyes Without Surgery


Reshaping Your Eyes With Contact Lenses

This certainly surprised me, probably because I had decided years ago that I wanted to wait to find out about the long-term effects (if there are any) of Lasik Surgery. I stopped looking for the magic method of reshaping the eyeball that might make the image correctly focus on the retina.

Now, as part of my work, I speak with Contact Lens Technicians. Today, I was waiting for a call, and listening to the advert series while on hold: I became very interested when the speaker began telling about non-surgical lens correction refractive therapy.

I "googled" refractive therapy, and chose a website to visit.

The results are temporary, so you must continue the treatment with these lenses, but the results are phenomenal.

This seemed like something other people might also be interested in learning about, so I have posted the link to the article I read. For anyone interested in better eyesight, but disinclined to undergo permanent surgical procedures to enhance their eyesight, this might be a desirable alternative approach. Talk to your eye doctor.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A Personal Perspective on the Current Situation in Israel

Do you remember there was a time when Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan spoke about carving another country from part of the US as a home for Black Muslims?

Here is a quote supporting that statement. It is from an article listed on

 "Over the past twenty years, Louis Farrakhan has generally remained true to older teachings of Elijah Muhammad. Farrakhan's newspaper, The Final Call, still reprints "What the Muslims Want" and "What the Muslims Believe" on the back pages of each issue, textually identical to what Elijah Muhammad printed in the 1960s. Reading these statements evokes memories of newspapers printed by the Black Panther Party or by other "Black Power" groups."

 "According to these statements, the Muslims (i.e., members of the Nation of Islam) want freedom, justice, and equal opportunity for people of all color ("Want," items 1-3). They want reparations, preferably a large tract of land set apart from the United States and given to black people, plus "our former slave masters are obligated to maintain and supply our needs in this separate territory for the next 20 to 25 years" ("Want," item 4). They want the release of all black Muslims convicted of any federal crimes, and the release of all black people convicted of any capital crime requiring the death sentence ("Want," item 5). The Muslims are against racial integration ("Believe," item 9) and against interracial marriage or race mixing ("Want," item 10)."

(Sidebar) "We want freedom for all Believers of Islam now held in federal prisons. We want freedom for all Black men and women now under death sentence in innumerable prisons in the North as well as the South."

"We want every Black man and woman to have the freedom to accept or reject being separated from the slave master's children and establish a land of their own."

 —Elijah Muhammad "What the Muslims Want," item 5

The quotation ends.

 The partitioning mentioned is like what we find the EU and the US expecting Israel to do for people who are welcome to live in Israel already.

I want to try to make a point here that is important to me to clarify. In 1948, the Jews who left Europe, and the devastation that occurred to Jewish culture, came to the land known as Palestine to re-establish the Land of Israel. The Biblical Israel was to have been a Nation of Priests, and a Holy Nation. The Israel that was to be made in the Land of Canaan was to have been a land with God and God's Torah at the center of the life of the land.

In less than a thousand years, the people had determined they needed a flesh-and-blood leader to interface with the other nations of the world. They asked Samuel to make a King for Israel. God told Samuel, and then Samuel told the people that this move would be a bad thing. A king will require things that God does not require, and will put his authority above the authority of the prophets. Still, they ended with a King.

The Kingdom was strong for a few kings. Soon, however, divisions in the people and the power structure caused deterioration of the Kingdom. This deterioration paved the way for a weakened nation to be overcome by other Kingdoms, resulting in the people being led into exile to other lands. Finally the Romans destroyed the Temple which existed on the Temple Mount and dispersed the Jews to many lands within the Roman Empire.

Almost two thousand years later, the Jews surviving the Holocaust in Europe came back to the land of their ancestors, not to create a Nation of Priests, and a Holy People, but to make another nation like the rest of the nations of the world. God, and the Torah are not at the head of the nation. The new nation's "kings" are Ministers of the Knesset, other Knesset members, and Prime Ministers and Presidents. This new nation will face similar difficulties interfacing with the nations of the world that their forebears faced three thousand years ago.

The thing is, we were told that if we did what God wanted, we would be protected by his power and authority. If we follow the dictates of our own hearts, eyes, and minds, we will be led astray. We will face difficulties for which we might not find solutions.

Here we are, modern day Jews living in Israel, expecting to be treated by the world as Israelis, much like Frenchmen, Americans, or Swedes, etc. The Israel that has Israelis as citizens is a nation like the other nations. We are supposed to be Jews, a Holy People, set apart to be God's people, living in the Holy Land, a Nation of Priests, a Holy Nation.

I believe that when that happens, we will be safe, under God's protection. When we begin to shine a light unto the nations, we will be that people we are supposed to be. At that time we will truly live in a Holy Land. At that time we will be a Holy People. At that time we will be able to look for Moshiach to be close at hand.

Before that time, we will face many difficulties. Most of these issues begin with an identity crisis. Are we Jews, Israelis, or a Holy People? Is this a worldly nation, Medinat Israel, or a Nation of Priests? Until we decide who we are, no others will know how to react to us. They will continue to see us as the people they ejected from Europe.

 As we elect our governments, we define our identity as a nation.

It is my opinion that we need to become what we were always supposed to be. The people God selected for His purposes, to do His will, and live according to His guiding principles. I fail to do this well, and I suspect you probably also fail to do this well. For my part, I will strive, beginning today, to help elevate the world and its people to become all that God wants us to be.

I hope I have not stepped on your toes...

Monday, October 29, 2012

Gasoline Prices

It just doesn't seem we give much credit to these things.

What I mean is – I see the difficulties I face each day, but I may not notice with clarity what difficulties other people are facing.

Its a common enough problem. It's almost a form of myopia. I can only clearly see what is right in front of me. I can only truly focus on the events of my life.

Gasoline Prices

$7.55 per gallon in Israel – we pay 7.75 Shekel for a Liter of 95 octane gas. Since the exchange rate now has the Shekel worth a little more than a Quarter ($0.257307), that means the Liter of gas costs $1.99 (+ another half penny in decimals). Since a Liter is a little bigger than a Quart (exactly 0.26417205236 Gallon), the US equivalent of what we pay for gasoline is $7.55 per gallon. We have been paying nearly $8 a gallon since we came here 4.5 years ago. We're pretty jealous of the price you pay.