American Elephants


The Strange Problem Of Sanctuary Cities by The Elephant's Child

Steven Camarota, Director of Research, discusses sanctuary city policy with Fox News. Sanctuary cities have just decided that they don’t have to obey the law, because, well, they prefer to “virtue signal.” We’re nice, so you cannot have the criminal alien we arrested to deport, because we’d rather release them and turn them loose on the people, like Katie Steinle.

I really don’t understand the insistence on keeping criminal illegal aliens from being deported.  Granted, many of those who have been deported seem to get right back in. Kate Steinle’s killer had been deported multiple times, and was in San Francisco because that was a sanctuary city, and he didn’t have to fear being deported again.

Or is this just another attempt by the Left to increase the number of heads to be counted in the 2020 Census?



Chain Migration And Other Complicated Problems by The Elephant's Child

We’ve been hearing a lot about “chain migration” but what is it and what does it mean? Jessica Vaughan from the Center for Immigration Studies explains in this short video.

CIS is a think tank that studies immigration and immigration laws, which are not only complicated, but should be a positive for our country and our citizens. CIS is pro-immigrant, but anti illegal immigrant, which is a reasonable position for us all.

We have welcomed immigrants since the beginnings of our country, but there are problems. The Obama administration planned to encourage refugees and migrants with the aim of placing them where they would do the most good in increasing the population count in the 2020 Census, which counts heads, without any distinction between legal and illegal residents, thereby changing the electoral college count for upcoming elections.

Becomes a little clearer about why our immigration laws should be tidied up.



Explaining the Trump Derangement Syndrome: by The Elephant's Child

All is explained. Or at least a goodly part of all. Economist Mark Perry refers us to an article by Jeffrey A. Tucker last May in FEE. All good things eventually become clear, but the path may be a little tangled. Dr. Perry offers a condensed version:

For the center-left crowd, all their hopes and dreams are bound up with particular political processes, outcomes, and institutions. The state is their favorite tool for all the good they aspire to do in this world. It must be protected, guarded, defended, and celebrated. The illusion that the government is not a taker but a giver and the source of all good things must be maintained. The gloss of the democratic process must be constantly refurbished so that the essential sanctity of the public sector can be constantly cited as the highest calling.

The center-left has at least one hundred years of work and resources invested in the state’s health, well-being, reputation, and exalted moral status. Nothing must be allowed to threaten it or take it down a peg or two. Any failures must be deemed as temporary setbacks. The slightest sign of some success must be trumpeted constantly. The population must be subjected to unrelenting homilies on the essential holiness of the public sector.

They believe so strongly that they can make the world a better place through the managerial state that it has become their religion. It’s their very core! The president is supposed to at least pretend to be the high priest of the statist religion. That’s his job, according to this outlook.

Everything seemed to being going so well under the Obama administration, which was so earnest, so decorous, so civil. He was funny, smart, respectful of process, and sincere in his pronouncements. He ran on hope and change but governed as the person who kept hope for a new freedom and any radical change at bay.

Trump has profoundly disturbed the balance(click here for the rest)

We keep wondering just what spurs the Trump Derangement Syndrome. This is not a bad diagnosis.




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