Friday, October 31, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Bush and Obama: America’s immigration Dream Team?

By
From page A11 | July 10, 2014 |

Clackety-clack, track after track, the train powers through the night toward the border crossing that will mark its entry into the United States. A young boy, a stowaway, is among those jammed on board.

He’s the one we’ll be following here.

The news these days is about thousands of children who are surging illegally into the United States – on trains, on buses, on foot. They are being warehoused in deplorable detention border centers. Many in the heartland and in Congress are demanding just one solution: Send the children back where they came from.

Luckily, the stowaway boy we are following never faced that unhappy fate. For one thing, this boy was not alone; he was hiding with his dad, mom and five sisters. For another, their trek occurred almost a century ago.

Undetected and undocumented, the family hopped off after the train crossed the border and started a new life in a new community. In a border state place called the Bronx.

The young boy in our story was Abe Rosenthal. He became a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter for The New York Times and one of the famous paper’s most famous editors.

The story of how Abe came to the United States was never a part of his official Times bio and you won’t find it in his 2006 New York Times obituary. But one night, Abe told me the real story of how he came to America as we sat in a bar somewhere on some presidential campaign trail. Abe’s story is worth recalling today as America seems to be taking a very different turn on the pathway of heritage and history our relatives once traveled and we once valued.

Abe was the son of a Belorussian farmer and his wife. They came to Canada in the 1890s and changed their name from Shipiatsky to Rosenthal. That’s where Abe was born in 1922. Abe’s father became a fur trapper and trader but wanted a better life for his family. So they stowed away on that train.

Abe got his first job with The New York Times in 1943. Eight years later, he took care of some unfinished business – and became a naturalized U.S. citizen. He was one of the proudest and most patriotic Americans I’ve ever known.

Today, our proud history and heritage – and our partisan politics – all seem to be racing forward in reverse.

Years ago, a seemingly farsighted Texas governor named George W. Bush bought into a grand scheme devised by his strategist, Karl Rove, to remake Republicans into America’s perpetual majority party. They knew their solidly Republican Texas was just a few Latino immigration surges away from forever losing their Grand Old Party’s dominance in the state.

Their plan: Offer a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants who were living productively in America. Whoa! Today’s shortsighted Republican leaders, fearing tea party challenges, shrink from any immigration reform other than round-them-up and throw-them-out.

But political myopia is not an exclusively Republican malady. President Barack Obama’s advisers boggled the minds of fellow Democrats by announcing, with inexplicable political insensitivity, that while in Texas for two political fundraisers, Obama didn’t intend to visit those squalid border immigration detention camps. So the White House scrambled to put together a meeting with local officials. But Obama’s advisers compounded their problems by first saying they would ask for $2 billion to deal with the surge of illegals, then asking for almost twice that, with no explanation of what changed.

Almost lost in all this is the concept that America can still create a humane response.

On the Fourth of July, a New York Times editorial called for “giving millions of immigrants permission to stay, to work and to live without fear. Mr. Obama needs to scale back the deportation machinery, which he greatly expanded. His decision two years ago to halt deportations of young immigrants called Dreamers was a good first step. Now he should protect Dreamers’ parents, and, if possible, parents of citizen children.”

Above that clarion call, the Times masthead reminds that the paper’s influential editorial page editor is Andrew Rosenthal. (Yes, Abe’s son).

What America needs now is a new bipartisan presidential team to solve today’s immigration crisis. We need a patriotic initiative that deep-sixes politics, brings together Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama – and encourages us all to follow.

Martin Schram, an op-ed columnist for McClatchy-Tribune, is a veteran Washington journalist, author and TV documentary executive. Readers may send him email at martin.schram@gmail.com.

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 3 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • DanielJuly 10, 2014 - 6:17 am

    Keep the borders open, use the border patrol as the 2nd coyote, put the illegal immigrants on buses and ship them all over the U.S. might as well eliminate the immigration laws, they're being ignored. Save the foreign kids but keep abortion funded to continue to add to the carnage of the 60 million American kids that have been killed. The most important part of the foreigners being recruited with potential free dual citizenship and American tax-payer funded entitlements is that they're likely to be Demo voters as opposed to educated traditional Americans, that's the most important part of recruiting them.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • clancyJuly 10, 2014 - 10:19 am

    Agree with both Daniel and Jag. No wonder they come over here and demand stuff don't learn English . protest stuff join gangs etc ect.t. I don't think Abe' parents acted like that when they arrived here. Maybe it us time to split america into two or more countries.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Rick WoodJuly 10, 2014 - 10:59 am

    Who could disagree with a bipartisan/nonpartisan solution? Just a few tea party diehards I suppose. Both parties need to declare a cease fire on scoring cheap political points and propose immigration reform laws, policies, and practices. Start with eliminating birthright citizenship from the Constitution and put it in statute instead. Maybe with one bipartisan victory under their belt, they will be encouraged to finish the job.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

Real estate agent pens, produces movie

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B1

 
 
Neighborhood candy hunts of the past

By Tony Wade | From Page: A2

 
Vintage Fair on tap at McBride Senior Center

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3

 
Candy from sky highlights North Texas Street event

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Fairfield police log: Oct. 29, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Suisun City police log: Oct. 29, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12, 1 Comment

 
.

US / World

California eyes $500 billion in water spending

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 2 Comments

 
Judge approves Stockton’s bankruptcy plan

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

Marine wants new charges in Iraq war crime tossed

By The Associated Press | From Page: A3, 2 Comments

 
Roseville officer accused of criminal threats

By The Associated Press | From Page: A3, 1 Comment

Man charged with murder in SWAT officer shooting

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
Teen arrested in threat at Sacramento school

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

Police make arrest in slaying of Oakland mom

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
Retrial in assault case over stray cat feeding

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4, 4 Comments

Missing California hunter roasted bugs, lizards

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4, 2 Comments

 
Pilot identified in California jet crash

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

Poll: Democrats leading in all statewide races

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4, 3 Comments

 
Lawsuit: Surgical gowns let diseases pass through

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Fearing Ebola? Doctors say get a flu shot

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Questions, answers about California’s Ebola policy

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Maine in standoff with nurse over Ebola safeguards

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Relatives suspected poisoning in family’s deaths

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Pair convicted in secret $1.6 M Navy silencer deal

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Guard troops sent to site of Hawaii lava flow

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Terminally ill woman may postpone taking her life

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7, 1 Comment

 
Man’s own dog helps police bust him on drug charge

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Fearing uprising, Iraq militants hunt ex-police

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10 | Gallery

 
Vatican admits Sistine Chapel frescoes ‘whitened’

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10 | Gallery

Israel closes Jerusalem holy site after shooting

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Death penalty sought for trooper ambush suspect

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

.

Opinion

 
Editorial Cartoons: Oct. 31, 2014

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

 
 
Man’s prosecution unwarranted

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11, 6 Comments

Are we safe now?

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11, 18 Comments

 
.

Living

Community Calendar: Oct. 31, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
Today in History: Oct. 31, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

My husband sends texts filled with ‘dirty talk’ to an old flame

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: A9

 
Horoscopes: Oct. 31, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: A9

.

Entertainment

Jorge Garcia makes the most of ‘Hawaii Five-O’

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1, 1 Comment

 
Week in preview Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2014

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B1

Monica Potter wants to save her show ‘Parenthood’

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Review: Jake Gyllenhaal, tightly coiled and creepy

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Exhibit on Paul Simon’s life to debut at Rock Hall

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
PBS touts 2013-14 ratings growth

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Reality TV show ‘Big Brother’ to debut in China

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
‘The View’ now under ABC News as further revamping

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Review: ‘Sleep’ a decidedly average psych thriller

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Entertainment calendar Oct. 31, 2014

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B4

Winter’s wife has blues listening to his new album

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Galway Kinnell dies

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
.

Sports

 
Benicia fends off Vanden, 35-21

By Nick DeCicco | From Page: B7 | Gallery

 
New dynasty: Giants capture 3rd title in 5 years

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7 | Gallery

 
Warriors exercise options on Barnes, Ezeli

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Mack making impact for Raiders even without sacks

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

 
Bye week helps 49ers Vernon Davis’ recovery

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Sonoma Raceway to host IndyCar Series finale in 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
This date in sports history for Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

 
Prep football capsules: Week 9

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B10

.

Business

Not so sweet: Chocolate prices are set to rise

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Apple CEO publicly acknowledges that he’s gay

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11, 1 Comment | Gallery

FTC accuses Gerber of false claim on baby formula

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11

 
.

Obituaries

Robert Louis Wright

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Oscar Lee Vezeau

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

.

Comics

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9