American Elephants

Our Public Schools Are Being Flooded With Sick, Infectious Children by The Elephant's Child


The “mystery” virus that is hospitalizing children all over the U.S. seems to be closely related to “Human rhinoviruses and entroviruses in influenza-like illness in Latin America.” The federal government has been anxious to get the illegal alien children creating chaos near the border indiscriminately distributed around the United States. Since the object is amnesty for all, and putting all into our public schools, they want to get them out of the inadequate facilities where they are first “processed.”

Too many embarrassing pictures are being posted. It is noticed that no one is being shipped back home. They’re not getting medically screened, but just put on buses or planes to another part of the country, and theoretically told to report back for their hearing in 15 days, but only a miniscule percentage actually turn up.

Twin Cities internist Chris Foley wrote to Powerline to address the case of the mystery virus.

This is basically the same virus commonly seen in the equatorial Americas and South America. The very odd emergence of this virus at this time – especially just prior to the new school year and now fueled by the congregation of children in schools – demands an explanation. The only plausible one is that this has been brought here from south of the – now non-existent – border.

Although there will be a good deal of epidemiological work to be done before this can be scientifically associated, there is a deafening silence on the part of public health officials and the mainstream media in even speculating about this association. This is not simply a case of being politically selective about the news, it is downright dangerous and could be just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the emergence of diseases long absent from daily life in America now suddenly popping up “inexplicably.” By the way the article from the Journal that I cited [linked above] likely represents gross underreporting which is typical in South America.

Obama has been so anxious to regularize the influx of illegals, particularly children, that he has ignored one regulation or law after another— apparently making it up as he goes along. The kids have been shipped out all over the country, and local public schools have been told to accept them without asking any questions. Like have they been medically screened? How old are they? (There are reports of 31 year-old ‘children’). They do not speak English. Who is going to pay for this influx? Have they reported back for their formal immigration hearing? Are they going to be deported or returned to their home country? School districts are beginning to scream about how they are to cope and who is going to pay.

All is based on the illusion that Hispanic voters want illegal aliens to receive amnesty, but that seems not to be the case. Sixty-four percent of Hispanics say they want them sent back home, and 77 percent of Americans also want them returned home. Only 11 percent of the people favor amnesty. Obama is getting a slight inkling that amnesty is not popular—he is putting it off till after the election. That grab-bag of unpopular ideas put off till later when, hopefully, no one will notice.

This is seeming like a political move, poorly thought out, that is showing more and more evidence of turning into a colossal catastrophe. And the now-open borders promise terrorist attacks. This is not just simple incompetence, it’s far, far worse.

The United States will never have control of its borders, and the influx will not stop until we say our laws have clear meaning, and illegal aliens must return home. After that, our immigration laws can be rewritten with work permits for those who want only the opportunity to work, and perhaps some leeway for those who have been here for years through no fault of their own. But at some point you must demand that the laws be obeyed — in spite of all protestations. There is no other way.

What About American Citizens Who Have Gone to Fight With ISIS? by The Elephant's Child


The Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Mike Rogers (R. MI) says the number of Americans who are fighting with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is “in the hundreds.” He says:

There are “hundreds” of Americans “that have at least one time traveled, participated, and trained with them. Some of them have drifted back [to the U.S.], some of them have gone to Europe.”

Rogers says the group appears to have carried out attacks on Europe already.

You saw the Brussels event, the attack on the Jewish Museum. That was, we believe, an ISIL-led or inspired event. So that was the first time that they had attacked, we believe, outside their borders.”

It is my understanding, and I really don’t know, that taking-up arms against the United States of America is not just a passport-losing event, but a go directly to prison event. That anyone who has participated with ISIS who tries to reenter the U.S. should be arrested at the point of entry, but I have heard nothing whatsoever about this.

What About American Citizens who have chosen to fight with ISIS? Probably wouldn’t matter since we now have open borders anyway. I would like to feel that someone out there, from ICE or Homeland Security is paying attention, but that is probably too much to ask. We have the anniversary of 9/11 coming up, which is always a popular occasion among terrorists.

Misrepresentation, Lies, and Propaganda. Can’t Anybody Tell the Truth? by The Elephant's Child

The Labor Department reported on Friday that the economy had gained 209,000 jobs in July. That doesn’t keep up with the birthrate. Economists had predicted a gain of 230,000 jobs and an unemployment rate of 6.1%, so 6.2% was a disappointing jobs number. Not good. Average hourly earnings increased by a yearly  gain of a precise 0.2¢, but wage growth has been stagnant for most of the, um, economic recovery. It’s a weak economy, stumbling along in near-stall speed. President Obama proved once again in his weekly address that he remains remarkably clueless.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: This morning we learned that our economy created over 200,000 new jobs in July. That’s on top of about 300,000 new jobs in June. So we are now in a six-month streak with at least 200,000 new jobs each month. That’s the first time that has happened since 1997. Over the past year, we’ve added more jobs than any year since 2006. All told, our businesses have created 9.9 million new jobs over the past 53 units. That’s the longest streak of private sector job creation in our history.

As we saw on Wednesday, the economy grew at a strong pace in the spring. Companies are investing, consumers are spending and American manufacturing, energy, technology, autos all are booming. And thanks to the decisions that we’ve made and the resilience of the American people, we’ve recovered faster and come farther from the recession than almost any other advanced country on earth. So the good news is the economy clearly is getting stronger, things are getting better, engines are revving a little bit louder.

Well, no it isn’t, things aren’t getting better, and the engines are stalled. Democrats have become the party of economic control. If things aren’t going well, it’ because we need more rules. If something is not working Obama will fix it with his pen and his phone. Nobody knows what comes next. We’re told ObamaCare premiums are about to skyrocket—precisely how much? Who knows? The IRS is crooked. The EPA may descend on you for disobeying an order you never heard of. They just descended on a woman in South Carolina and confiscated her elderly Range Rover — she has no idea why. The president and the press lie to us. I think everyone has the feeling that government departments may be told to misrepresent their numbers, but I don’t know that to be the case, I’ve just lost several degrees of trust.

The press continues to describe the influx of illegal alien young people, OTM (other than Mexican), mothers with small children, Muslims, Chinese, Mara-Salvatucha gang members, as little children who are fleeing violence and poverty in their country. No, they are not. The kids have been questioned and they are not fleeing violence, they are coming in response to Obama’s offer of amnesty. 80%, according to Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX)  are young men 16 and 17 years of age. Now we learn that planeloads of them have been sent to Hawaii and Alaska. The airline tickets back home to Central America would be cheaper.

ADDENDUM:From the Hill: “The Real unemployment rate is at least 18 percent.”

Employers can, intentionally or unintentionally, abuse the H-1B visa program, which permit businesses to employ foreign workers when qualified Americans are unavailable. Americans may be overlooked, because they demand higher wages, or are not networked with immigrants that are already employed in technical and managerial positions.

The economy has created only about 6 million new jobs during the Bush-Obama years, whereas the comparable figure during the Reagan-Clinton period was about 40 million. A recent study by the Center for Immigration Studies indicates that virtually all the new jobs created since 2000 went to immigrants, whereas none were created for native-born Americans.

The Aussies Are Having Border Problems Too. by The Elephant's Child

We are not alone. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is now picking on Australia for not inviting uninvited immigrants to stick around. After an assessment at sea, 41 Sri Lankans were rejected by the border patrol and handed over to the Sri Lankan authorities.

I always find it fascinating that our friends in Russia can take the most severe actions and nobody criticizes, but when one of the world’s freest nations dares to insist that their borders mean something and that  you need permission to enter, all hell breaks loose.

Australians welcome immigrants as we do. But there is a legal way to do it. You go to an embassy and tell them you want to immigrate. It may take some time, but you will be welcome when the time comes. We just don’t have room for all the people in the world who want to live in a free country. We cannot handle all the claim jumpers currently bidding for our compassion. The U.N. should butt out.

The UN Wants Us To Designate The Illegals as Refugees! by The Elephant's Child

Officials of the United Nations are pushing for many of the Central Americans “fleeing” to the U.S. to be treated as refugees who have been displaced by armed conflict. An official designation that is meant to increase pressure on the United States to accept tens of thousands of people currently ineligible for asylum. Well, thank you very much, United Nations.

Officials with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees say they hope to see a regional agreement on that status Thursday when migration and interior department representatives from the U.S., Mexico, and Central America meet in Nicaragua. The group will discuss updating a 30-year-old declaration regarding the obligations nations have to aid refugees.

A more accurate assessment would note that the migrants who are trekking North are lured by the American president’s talk of amnesty. They have been coached to talk as if they are displaced by armed conflict, but as soon as they have recited the phrases taught them, they cannot elaborate on their statement.

Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are dependent on remittances that immigrants send home to their native country.

As to what has caused the huge increase from Central American states, Michael Ramirez targeted it quite accurately!


The Federal Language Police Strike Again—Inappropriately. by The Elephant's Child


The chaos at the border continues. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have been directed to no longer refer to illegal immigrant children crossing he border alone as “UACs” (unaccompanied alien children). Well, the language police have disposed of “illegal,” that’s judgmental or demeaning or something. Now “alien” has to go. They are to be referred to as “unaccompanied children” in official correspondence, according to an internal ICE email. Customs and Border Protection is still using “unaccompanied alien children” (ages 0-17 years old) as an official term as it counts the numbers it is apprehending at unprecedented levels along the southwest border. I hate the politically correct attempts to make a silk purse out of the proverbial sow’s ear. Apparently “immigrants” is out and “migrants” is in.

From October 1 to June 15, more than 52,000 unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors have been detained. The majority of the minors are over 14 years old.

After they have been “processed” if they have an address or a phone number in this country, they are put on a bus for that address with the order to return in 15 days for a hearing. Less than 20 percent actually turn up for the hearing, and the address and phone number turn out to be phony. They simply add to the numbers of illegals in the country.

The White House is not planning to reassess its strategy for handling the thousands of illegal teenagers, kids and adults.  according to press secretary Josh Earnest.

Texas Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) wrote to the president last month, asking him to visit and survey the areas where thousands of immigrant children had crossed into the U.S.

Earnest would not say whether Obama planned to visit the border during his trip to Texas for a fundraiser next week. The press secretary added:

Those individuals who are concerned about border security and concerned about the situation at the border, that the most important thing they could do is not offer public invitations, but actually to lend their public support to comprehensive immigration reform. Those people who are focused on border security understand that passing comprehensive immigration reform would allow for a historic investment in our borders. And that’s one of the many reasons the president has strongly advocated for Congress to make progress on that.

This is getting really tiresome. We have this influx of illegals because of the actions of this president. He has withdrawn border security, it is his “Dream Act” and his proclamations that if Congress wouldn’t pass it, he would implement it himself that brought this flood to the country. It is his ICE and Border Patrol who are being forced to put them on a bus and send them to a relative who doesn’t exist, and who will then blend into the population. The mothers with young children will be on welfare, for they have no money and no means of support, and will not be able to work.

Border Patrol officers have been re-directed from enforcement to processing, which creates “a very porous border where dangerous criminals and dangerous drugs are entering our country undetected and making their way into our communities,” according to Border Patrol agent Hector Garza.

Once Obama believes something, he is very dogmatic about it. He does not change his mind. While many presidents, confronted with such a precipitous drop in the polls, and such disapproval from the people, would reassess their policies. Obama does not reassess. He knows he is absolutely correct. It is mind-boggling at a time when there are such big problems erupting all over the world. The reason that Republicans will not pass immigration reform is because the American people know the president will not enforce it. He refuses to enforce the laws on the books.

There are currently 92,129,000 Americans of working age — not working and no longer looking for work. So we want to import more workers to take the available jobs? Most of  the available jobs for the past years have gone to immigrants. We had a 288,000 job gain last month, but that is fewer jobs than the increase in the population of working age people. More Americans are stuck in part time work. Jobs are easier to find, but hours remain in short supply. Thank you ObamaCare.

The unemployment rate fell to 6.1%, but the unemployment rate for blacks is 10.7%. With Congress’ refusal to extend unemployment benefits, more people are finding jobs. People are not so apt to search for jobs if they are getting by on federal benefits. That’s a correct response to Obama’s consistent calls for longer and more generous benefits for staying unemployed. Sometimes we need a kick in the behind to go find a job.

Obama Calls It a Humanitarian Crisis, But He Brought It Upon Himself. by The Elephant's Child

The Medical staff at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas has been threatened with arrest by a government-contracted security force if they  divulge any information about the contagion threat at a refugee camp that is housing illegal alien children.

There were several members of the medical staff who wanted to talk about the camps, but the security force from the Baptist Family & Children’s Services made it clear they would be arrested. They ordered us to say nothing. Workers were stripped of their cellphones and other communication devices. Anyone caught with a phone was immediately fired.

The kids had measles, scabies, chicken pox and strep throat and lice. They are contagious, and are overwhelming the system.  The counselor said the refugee camp resembled a giant emergency room, off limits to the public. The counselor filed a Child Protective Services report and quit her job. She said the last straw came when camp officials refused to hospitalize several children who were suicidal.

She kept a detailed journal about what happened. Federal agents demanded that she return to the military base and hand over her journal. She declined to do so.

Those who are hoping to join family members are being put on a bus. and ordered to  report to ICE in fifteen days.


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