National Refugee Shabbat with Speaker Dan Janison
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19
6:15 p.m. - Shabbat Service
7:00 p.m. - Dinner from Ruffled Feathers (menu below); $36pp. RSVP HERE
7:45 p.m. - Discussion: National Refugee Shabbat with speaker Dan Janison. Columnist Dan Janison covers the White House/Trump for Newsday will discuss the national political scene with an emphasis on immigration policy and refugee related issues.
Summary of Dan's Discussion
Current immigration debates can be broken into five subjects:
1. Political. For rallying the base, a president has a huge power advantage in pointing the finger at non-citizens. They don’t vote, they’re generally poor, and if undocumented, can be legitimately said to not belong here. Murderous MS-13 gangs from El Salvador are a great issue on L.I. because they provide the dramatic, destructive exception to those from south of the border who are here to work.
2. Moral. Stephen Miller, Trump aide pushing to curb all immigration, has an uncle who was active with immigration aid societies who says the administration’s approach morally contravenes their own family’s story of fleeing pogroms to succeed in the U.S. Family separations crystallized this side of it.
3. Legal. Attempts to settle immigration laws have spectacularly failed in Congress now for 12 years. Remember, Bush’s own Republicans rebelled against him over this and Obama was derided by pro-immigration groups as deporter-in-chief, having sent millions packing and increased enforcement. Solutions? Much of what you get from the left is ‘don’t be racist’ and much of what you get from the right is ‘kick em all out’ which won’t happen.
4. Economic. Time after time we hear of studies showing immigrants collectively contributing economic activity and such taxes as sales taxes. From the other side, we hear of drains on hospitals, schools and other government expenses. Upstate farms are lacking this season in the low pay labor on which they depend. But yes, underpaying illegals can pull down wages. It’s complicated.
5. Cultural. People are of course uncomfortable or worse being surrounded and feel inundated in some communities by “others.” There was a correlation made in 2016 (which I’ll look up) between places that voted for the Republican presidential candidate and the density of new foreign-born, especially outside cities.
About Dan Janison
Dan Janison has been doing newspaper work for more than 40 years. At James Madison High School in Brooklyn, he was co-editor of the student paper. At Columbia College, he was a reporter and editor at the Daily Spectator. He worked for the Staten Island Advance, covering transportation, general assignment and later the state capital. At the Albany Times Union he worked on an investigative team and covered state agencies and the civil service. In 1993 he moved to the New York Post City Hall bureau, focusing on uniformed services. At Newsday, where he’s been since 1997, he covered New York City including 9/11 and the 2003 blackout as well as mayoral and City Council politics before moving to the Long Island office where he has been an editor, columnist and currently, co-author of a daily newsletter focused on the White House and Washington. He’s been married to his wife Anne for 30 years. They live in Brooklyn and are the parents of two adult sons.