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Skip All The Extraneous Matters: Let’s Talk Basics! by The Elephant's Child

Can we get back to basics here for a moment? The president is deciding about what executive action he can take to solve our “broken immigration system.” Preferably while Congress is on vacation.

Our immigration system is “broken” for one specific reason. The president has not only refused to enforce our immigration laws, but specifically ordered the agencies involved not to enforce the laws.

There has been a huge influx of “unaccompanied children” (who are mostly not children according to reports) specifically because word has circulated in Central America that if kids, or kids and their parent, can get to the border they can get in and be cared for free. There are adults who are posing as children.

Border Patrol agents have been pulled away from the border to “process” the “children,” leaving the border wide open, and illegals from all over the world are crossing the border and disappearing into the population.

This flow of illegal immigrants cannot be halted nor controlled by amnesty, nor “processing,” nor by ignoring the problem. Planeloads are being shipped all over the country, even to Alaska, Hawaii and the Virgin Islands. 30,340 have been released to foster homes around the country as of July 7. Some 30 thousand, or more will attend US public schools this fall. The Obama administration has made it clear that all public schools have an obligation to enroll students regardless of immigration status and without discrimination.

The only way the influx can be stopped is by shipping the illegal aliens back to their own countries, promptly, and making it clear there is no amnesty. When it is clear that the border is closed and illegals will be immediately exported, the massive influx will stop.



The White House Wants $3.7 Billion, but Airfare to Guatemala Is Not Included. by The Elephant's Child

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On July 8, 2014, the White House submitted its emergency budget request to the House of Representatives (Constitutional “power of the purse”) to deal with the “humanitarian crisis” on our southern border.

The budget request totals $3.7 billion. Many representatives immediately called it a blank check. White House Director of the Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz responded in the press that Congress cannot have it both ways, criticizing the administration and withholding the funding to effectively handle the crisis.  Scroll down past the president’s letter to see what they want all the money for.

Uh huh. The combined airfare for 30,000 illegals back to Guatemala City would be around $20 million. So what’s all the extra for?  DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, when interviewed on “Meet the Press” was unable to come up with a straightforward statement in response to a persistent David Gregory about whether any of the unaccompanied alien children would ever be returned to where they came from.

Government documents are written in soothing politically correct language that will not get anyone excited, but anyone with a sharp pencil could go through the list and separate out a big chunk of the nonsense. The administration, as usual, says one thing, and means another. It looks like their objective is not deportation, but resettlement. From The Center For Immigration Studies (CIS).

Of the $3.7 billion being requested, fully $1.8 billion (about 49 percent of the total) is for resettlement costs to be appropriated to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) — not just for the UACs, but for entire family units, including adult men and women. There is no reason to think that the accommodations will be temporary, insofar as the funds include authorization “for acquisition, construction, improvement, repair, operation, and maintenance of real property and facilities.”

Much of the so-called “enforcement” portion of the budget is not truly geared toward removal; rather, it is a recouping of costs for temporary detention and subsequent transporting of aliens (including adults) to facilitate their resettlement and relocation by HHS. (It is noteworthy that, according to a leaked Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Intelligence document, fully 47 percent of the arrivals are adults, who should be subjected to expedited removal, not to relocation and resettlement.)

As far I can tell, the Republicans are quite favorable towards legal immigration. Some high-tech companies want immigration reformed immediately so they can have more workers from India to bring down wage costs. We have some 92 million Americans of working age unable to find a job and who have given up looking. We have vastly more STEM graduates that there are available jobs. The Center for Immigration Studies has shown conclusively that immigrants have taken jobs that would otherwise have gone to American citizens.

Republicans would be happy to work on reforming immigration policy, but do not trust the president to enforce the law, to deport those who are here illegally, or to stop encouraging illegal immigrants and children to come here to take advantage of our generous welfare policies — and vote Democratic because of the free stuff. Our high-tech companies could offer training programs if they are dissatisfied with the technology graduates of our schools.

The U.S. government is generally expected to act in the interest of the people of the United States.” That astonishing statement is the subhead of a splendid article about immigration by Kevin Williamson titled “How to Think about Immigration.” Sensible and an excellent guide to establishing your own opinions, whether you are a hawk or a ‘squish.’ If you read my earlier post today about Janet Daley, the most important thing is assimilation. We want immigrants who want to be Americans, and we want them to become Americans, not those who make no effort to speak English, learn our history, or think of this as “their country,” as in ‘this is my country, land of the free’…




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