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It is an open question who is or was the best editor in the world. For me, Juliusz Rawicz, Julek (pronounced: Yulek, it is Polish) to his friends, was the best newspaper editor I ever knew. His coworkers at Gazeta Wyborcza, the Polish newspaper, called him the world’s best editor.

My first journalistic experiences are half a century old. I studied electronics at that time. To vent my interest in politics, I started writing for the Polish students’ nationwide biweekly. A few months later, they offered me a monthlong internship at the best Polish political periodical. Editors there extended it…


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In his column published in April this year in The New York Times, Thomas Friedman claims that “We Need a High Wall With a Big Gate on the Southern Border.” He is wrong. This column by one of the most respected opinion writers in one of the most revered national newspapers is a telling example of misinformation in the mainstream media. It has consequences: A misled public supports policy concepts that never worked and never will.

A sage by virtue of being

Mr. Friedman assures us he has read as much as he could about the latest surge of illegal immigration. But it looks like he…


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I have been writing about American immigration problems for about 15 years. My original conclusion was that the government is at fault. Since then, the more I know and understand, the more convinced I am that Americans bought into the illusion that by controlling the inflow of immigrants, the government can make the United States more prosperous. The opposite happened; our immigration policy is detrimental to our economy.

As my perspective goes against the dominant mantra in mainstream politics and media, I looked for debates where opinions such as mine clashed with others. I found people thinking alike, but nowhere…


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They work within the European Union. At least to some extent. It is worth learning more about this policy in the context of the unresolved-for-decades mess at the U.S.-Mexican border.

There was a wall dividing Europe

After WWII, the Soviet Union expanded its influence, separating itself from Western Europe with the Iron Curtain, as Western Europeans called it. The Berlin Wall, splitting a major city, was its most visible example.

Isolation did not benefit countries behind the Iron Curtain. Economically, Western Europe grew much faster. Western politicians accepted that in the developed world, everyone gains through peaceful cooperation. The economic cooperation agreements gradually expanded, and in…


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The good news is that senators have begun talking about immigration. But, as the Politico reporters noticed, “with the surge of migrants arriving at the border,” forging an agreement is unlikely. It might sound obvious, but logically, the reoccurrence of a border crisis should motivate senators to seek a solution.

The Politico reporters explained that we have an impasse because Democrats “for long pushed for (…) legal protections to undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children, (whereas) Republicans (…) won’t support anything without additional border security.” Again, we have heard it so often in different variations that we take…


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Roberta Jacobson, the President’s coordinator for the southern border, is in hot water. We have a spike in illegal border crossings by unaccompanied minors. Adherents of the previous administration blame it on Biden’s reversal of the former merciless policies. The chart in the Wall Street Journal shows that during the Trump years, we experienced similar waves as well. It means that the problem is with our policy, not whether it is executed with cruelty or with soft gloves. Neither former President Trump nor President Biden has understood that.


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The new administration’s U.S. Citizenship Act plan needs to be withdrawn and replaced with a bipartisan immigration reform proposal. Immigration opponents see it as a wishful list of immigration rules that Democrats failed to enact within the last quarter of a century. Supporters express worries that this time it will be equally challenging to pass as it was before.

In The New York Times, Jorge Ramos suggests that what is achievable is merely trying to legalize “as many people as possible.” No one will be satisfied, but most of all, our dysfunctional immigration policy will stay. New illegal immigrants will…


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In the course of my work, I meet many strangers. Often, we have a few minutes to kill, chatting about life and politics. On one such occasion, I learned that my interlocutor, a woman looking to be in her early 30s, was teaching politics and government in a high school. “So, you read de Tocqueville with your students and discuss the American system,” I presumed. To my surprise, she asked: “Who?” She had not heard about Alexis de Tocqueville and his book “Democracy in America.”

For readers like this young lady and her students, Alexis de Tocqueville, a French aristocrat…


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Criticizing the U.S. Citizenship Act just introduced by the Biden administration, Sean Hannity said it is an amnesty. He was right and wrong at the same time. The proposed bill offers amnesty for presently undocumented immigrants. But one thing he did not reflect: Why do we need to pardon 11 million people who for years have been working and living among us? Have they been doing it because of their mischievous nature, as one might interpret from Mr. Hannity’s remark? Or, are they trapped in the insanity of our immigration policy? …


The 353 pages of the U.S. Citizenship Act draft offer nothing new. The proposed bill merely tweaks our faulty immigration policy that has resulted in massive illegal immigration.

For example, let us take page 281, devoted to “Monitoring and Caring for Unaccompanied Noncitizen Children After Arrival.” The authors of the proposal do not inquire as to why these kids arrive. They regard it as the scourge of God and try to mitigate it. If they looked for the cause, they would conclude that sending unaccompanied minors is a gamble that some foreigners take in their attempt to evade the sillinesses…

Henryk A. Kowalczyk

Many tell us what we should think. I write to encourage my readers to think for themselves. I write to ask you to inquire. Question me. Have fun.

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