Notable & Quotable: Aug. 3, 2017

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The Charleston Post and Courier discusses a "Path forward for immigrants."

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., cares enough about the future of immigrants brought to the United States as children that he's willing to stake his career on it.

"To the people who object to this, I don't want you to vote for me because I cannot serve you well," Mr. Graham said last month in a press conference as he reintroduced the BRIDGE Act that would grant legal status to as many as 3.3 million immigrants better known as "dreamers."

"When they write the history of these times, I'm going to be with these kids," he continued.

And indeed, it would be misguided to stand against them.

Dreamers came to the United States through no fault of their own. Having been raised here, many know no other country as home. Some speak only English.

Forcing them to return to their countries of birth would be inhumane. It would also be bad policy, since many of the now-young adults - ages 15-30 - protected since 2012 by President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, are well-educated, contributing members of society.

Mr. Graham, who led the last major push for immigration reform in 2013 as part of the Senate "gang of eight" seeking bipartisan solutions, is right to take a stand once again on a perennially thorny issue. He should have the support of his colleagues.

He may even find a surprisingly sympathetic ear - and pen - in the White House. President Donald Trump, who campaigned on building a wall to keep out "bad hombres," temporarily extended Obama-era protections for DACA beneficiaries in June.

In fact, Mr. Graham's bill offers what could well serve as a blueprint for broader legislative measures that address the rest of the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally.

To qualify for permanent residency, BRIDGE Act immigrants would need to graduate from college, serve in the military or be employed for at least three years in addition to having been brought to the country as minors. They would also have to pass a criminal background check, and some would be required to pay a fee.

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The Wall Street Journal reports on "the trail of books stolen by the Nazis."

According to Holocaust experts, the Nazis stole tens of millions of books from Jews and other victims. Recently, scholars have focused on 1.2 million volumes the Nazis plundered-including 500,000 taken largely from French Jewish families and institutions. The books went from France to Germany to Silesia, where they were scooped up by the Red Army as spoils of war.

In 1945, the Soviets sent the books in 54 railcars to Minsk, where they have remained for 72 years, known to almost no one but a handful of researchers and professors. The mystery of how half a million French books ended up 1,300 miles from Paris in Minsk - and what to do with them - has captivated Holocaust scholars and historians.

The Nazis also looted art, grabbing paintings by Monet, Renoir, Picasso and others. This sparked a campaign in recent years to trace the works and return them to the owners or their heirs.

Notable & Quotable is compiled by Graham Osteen. Contact him at graham@theitem.com.