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What Part of “Illegal” Do You Not Understand? by The Elephant's Child

The Governor of Washington State, Jay Inslee, just had a hissy fit when he learned that the state’s Department of Licensing was cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  He quickly put up his own wall to block any future cooperation and protect those who are in this country illegally.

In Washington state, getting a driver’s license does not require American citizenship, but the state did record where applicants were born. The Department of Licensing was treating ICE exactly like every other law enforcement agency, providing collected information only when given a name and a specific crime being investigated.

“We have stopped releasing information relative to immigration violations, and from here forward we’re going to require a court order to do such,” said Krista Carlson, a Washington state Department of Licensing spokeswoman.

Inslee has also hired Michelle Gonzalez as a special assistant. Her job is to make sure no state agency gives ICE any information that is not specifically required by law. She’ll also comb through state records to determine if agencies are currently collecting immigration information they should not.

Some Republican lawmakers are angry. State Senator Curtis King said “This is like trying to make this a sanctuary state.” Not allowing federal agencies to go after those who are committing crimes in this state amounts to that.

Thomas Homan, acting director of ICE said that such policies may be violating federal laws against harboring illegal aliens.

“The governor is exposing Washington state to litigation, because he is picking and choosing which law enforcement agencies he is going to give information to,” said Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies. “He doesn’t get to do that.”

An ICE official tells Fox News its licensing inquiries are not blanket fishing expeditions, but rather part of targeted criminal investigations going after individuals who pose a national security risk or public safety threat.

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The Immigration Debate Is Really Just Beginning by The Elephant's Child

I think that many of us who consider ourselves Republicans or Conservatives, have trouble understanding the Progressives, the current terminology since “Liberal” went away. If you think of Republicans as those who believe in a constitutional republic, it’s a little difficult to grasp what they are on about. No, they’re not all Commies. But if you think of Progressivism as a religion, you won’t be far wrong.

Their vocabulary is political and weaponized. The case of the “Dreamers” is an excellent example. There are those who fall under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival  (DACA) who are somewhere around 800,000 strong, and there are “the Dreamers” who seem to be a group of around three million, including MS13, drug dealers and other undesirables along with those who are not “illegals” but “undocumented” as if not having papers was just an accident and they left them at home.

Victor Davis Hanson has an important column today about the “Mythologies of Illegal Immigration“. Do read the whole thing. His home is in the immigrant and illegal immigrant part of California’s Central Valley.

Most of the innocents are presumed to have graduated from college, served in the military and contributed to the nation, rather than the reverse. We are supposed to owe them something because they came here illegally with or without parents when they were little children. They owe us. They have received free schooling, though 8 times more have not graduated from high school than have graduated from college. Only one in a thousand has served in the military. The average age is 25, though many are much older. Here’s Professor Hanson:

“Diversity” is often associated with illegal immigration. In fact, the majority of illegal immigrants come from Latin American and Mexico. They are hardly diverse. Real diversity would be recalibrating immigration to be legal, meritocratic, and aimed at roughly equal representation from Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe—and thus politically unpredictable.

The cargo of illiberal accusations is likewise constructed, given the United States is the most pro-Latino country in the world, Mexico included. Half of all immigrants, both legal and illegal, come either from Mexico or Latin America—a sort of inverse racism that assumes illegal Spanish-speaking immigrants are intrinsically more deserving of U.S. residence than legal immigration applicants from Uganda, South Korea, or Ukraine. …

Strange, too, are the outward theatrics and themes of illegal alien activism—the frequent waving of Mexican flags, the often loud criticism of a generous host country, the usual demands made upon a foreign nation—mysteriously coupled with the overwhelming desire of millions to enter or remain in the supposedly demonic United States. Waving a flag of a country that one does not wish to return to while shunning the flag of a country in which one very much wishes to reside is incoherent.

“More than 500 DACA recipients have been stripped of protections for engaging in criminal acts—including gang activity—and are running free in the United States, say experts.” CIS reports that they have not been deported, and only about 30 percent have been removed or in custody of ICE. There is no record of removal, detention or release for 940 of the Dreamers.

The romantic language of the discussion of the Dreamers, including the name “Dreamer” is confusing the issues, and it’s hard to get to the serious questions of needed legislation. The American people are much more concerned about illegal immigration, our immigration laws, and the reforms needed. Jeff Bezos, head of Amazon, was toying with the idea of offering college scholarships to all the Dreamers. Why would someone offer such a gift to illegal immigrants who may not even be college material while ignoring the needs of many of our own citizens? Virtue signalling? Caught up in the romance of immigration? How are cities and states getting away with Sanctuary designations in defiance of Federal law, and why?

It would be really helpful if we could do away with the romantic and misleading language, and demand straight talk and straight thought about a serious problem and a serious discussion.

Progressives are furious with Schumer for caving in and helping to pass a temporary funding bill for the government. This remains an ongoing problem. You’d probably better call your representatives and let them know what you think.



Schumer Shutdown IV by The Elephant's Child

The shutdown apparently ended just before 1 o’clock when Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made the announcement that Democrats would vote in favor of reopening. The final tally was 81-18.

What Happened?

New polling from Harvard-Harris shows that Democrats following Schumer’s lead to shut down the government on the issue of illegal immigration was wildly unpopular among the majority of Americans.

When asked, “Would you favor or oppose Democrats voting to shut the government down if the continuing budget resolution does not include restoring so-called DACA work permits for undocumented immigrants brought here illegally by their parents?” 58 percent of voters responded with “oppose.”

Polling also showed a majority back White House priorities on ending the Diversity Visa Lottery Program, eliminating chain migration and building a border wall.

OOOps!



The Schumer Shutdown, III by The Elephant's Child

After a dramatic weekend of plaintive cries and drums of doom from our deeply serious media, the Schumer Shutdown is over. Probably early this morning. File under “Much Ado About Nothing.”

What you need to remember about the whole travesty is that Democrats put illegal aliens (who have no right to even be in our country) above our servicemen and women who are putting their lives on the line on our behalf, All done for a stunt, for no purpose whatsoever. They want more illegal aliens who can be persuaded to vote illegally, or who can be counted in the next census to give extra count to the number of Electoral College votes.



Promise Goes a Glimmering If You Don’t Grasp The Basics of Economics and History by The Elephant's Child

Sometimes visitors dredge up an article from our archives that I had forgotten all about. Here is one of them, from July 14, 2016, with some reminders for today.

IN an important article at The Federalist, John Gibbs offers a different view of the racial division in the country.

My view of America is that we are a place of great promise and opportunity, where someone like me, who is the grandchild of illiterate black Southern sharecroppers, can achieve success and reach the American dream. We are a place occupied by fair-minded, hard-working people whose culture and values have built a nation that is the envy of the world. I am proud to be a part of that culture.

Our Founders, while imperfect and a product of their times, were visionary heroes who made hard choices and compromises to give us the successful system we have today. Because Americans are good, we’ve worked hard over time to right the wrongs in our society that our Founding Fathers could not eliminate in their time. In summary, we are a fundamentally decent people blessed to live in a phenomenal land with a rich heritage.

But not so for President Obama. His view of our nation seems to be very different than mine and that of many other Americans. I believe that when President Obama thinks of America, more so than a place of hope or opportunity, he thinks of a place where racist white Christian fundamentalists came here from Europe, committed genocide against Native Americans, enslaved and segregated black people, denied women, gays, and other minorities their rights, and used capitalism and a rigged legal system to oppress poor people for centuries. He also believes this is still continuing today.

Do read the whole thing.

Zero Hedge chimes in again with some interesting data points from last week’s June Employment Report. The mid year burst of minimum-wage increases scheduled for July 1st when minimum wages will rise in 15 places: two states—Maryland and Oregon, plus Washington D.C., Los Angeles County and eleven cities, including Chicago, eight cities in California and two in Kentucky, shows what happens when the Left manages to increase the minimum wage. Unemployment for young black males increases sharply.

blackteenMilton Friedman explained may years ago:

The minimum wage law is most properly described as a law saying that employers must discriminate against people who have low skills. That’s what the law says. The law says that here’s a man who has a skill that would justify a wage of $5 or $6 per hour (adjusted for today), but you may not employ him, it’s illegal, because if you employ him you must pay him $7.25 per hour. So what’s the result? To employ him at $7.25 per hour is to engage in charity. There’s nothing wrong with charity. But most employers are not in the position to engage in that kind of charity. Thus, the consequences of minimum wage laws have been almost wholly bad. We have increased unemployment and increased poverty.

Moreover, the effects have been concentrated on the groups that the do-gooders would most like to help. The people who have been hurt most by the minimum wage laws are the blacks. I have often said that the most anti-black law on the books of this land is the minimum wage law.

 



Senator Schumer’s Shutdown by The Elephant's Child

The West Wing of the White House is dark today, Sunday, January 21, 2018.

If you call the White House public comment phone line, you will get an unusual message.

“Thank you for calling the White House,” a woman says in the recording. “Unfortunately, we cannot answer your call today. Congressional Democrats are holding government funding, including funding for our troops and other national security priorities, hostage to an unrelated immigration debate. Due to this obstruction, the government is shut down. In the meantime, you can leave a comment at http://www.whitehouse.gov, forward-slash contact. We look forward to taking your calls as soon as the government reopens.”

The number for the comment line is: 202-456-1111.

Thanks to  the Examiner’s Kelly Cohen for calling this to our attention.



The First Year in Brief by The Elephant's Child




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