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Bill Whittle On the Notre Dame Fire: Straight Talk by The Elephant's Child



Tucker Carlson’s Outstanding Takedown of Democrat Hypocrisy by The Elephant's Child

The best of Tucker Carlson is this epic takedown of Democrat hypocrisy, not to be missed. This is getting right to the basic elements of the ongoing crisis at our Southern border. Donald Trump has proposed to send to sanctuary cities the asylum-seekers who under current law must be admitted to the United States while they await adjudication of their claims for asylum.

Asylum has a clear definition under law, and historically a little over 33  percent of those claims are denied. Which is why when claimants are given their court date for their asylum hearing, most vanish into the country to increase the illegal immigrant population. Would be immigrants in their home countries are instructed on just how to turn themselves in to the Border Patrol immediately after getting across the border, and specifically what to say to request asylum.

Statistics released in May 2018 showed 697,777 cases pending before 334 immigration judges, or almost 2,090 cases per judge. When an illegal fails to show up, an in absentia removal order is issued.

Democrats want open borders to get higher population numbers in the 2020 census, which they believe will increase their numbers in the House of Representatives. Do not misunderstand. Democrat activists want control, permanent control.They do not want the constant threat of Republican governance hanging over them. That’s why all the “racist, white supremacy, Hitler, toxic masculinity, reparations” verbiage. They object to the words “illegal alien”— illegal simply means “not according to the law”. We are a nation of laws and to come here legally, one applies and if accepted, waits their turn. The term “alien” means owing their allegiance to the country of which they are a citizen. There’s nothing derogatory in the term, just fact.

Leftists rely on language to accomplish their goals. That’s why we are now a “nation of immigrants” not a nation of citizens, children are “ripped from their mother’s arms” although the child may not belong to the family. Potential border-crossers are told that having a child with them will increase their chances. There is evidence that some children are being recycled across the border, that is, pretending to be the child of one illegal family, then when they get in, sent back across the border to be the child of another illegal. Of course there are also the “children in cages” pictures from the Obama administration being circulated for those who don’t pay attention to the news, to try to blame it on Trump.

I hope the president will follow through on his threat to send the illegals to those cities that have declared themselves “sanctuary cities” so they can experience the costs of additions to the welfare rolls, numbers of non-English speaking kids added to the schools, that the rest of the country is now paying for.

In The Pity Party, William Voegeli wrote:

In contrast to America, countries like Canada and Australia treat immigration the way Harvard treats college admission or the New England Patriots treat the NFL draft as a way to get the talented and keep out the untalented. Here in America we increasingly treat immigration as if it were a sacred civil right possessed by 7  billion foreigners.



News Flash ! It’s All Trump’s Fault! by The Elephant's Child

Politico Magazine had an “interesting article” today, under the heading Law and Order: “Yes There’s a Crisis on the Border. And It’s Trump’s Fault.” I don’t usually read Politico, but I was interested because I thought the president was doing a pretty good job against long odds.

The authors had held office in border and customs work in the Obama administration, so perhaps there are some um, partisan feelings, or resentment  of criticism of their terms in office.

Donald Trump has made border security and immigration enforcement a rallying cry of his campaign and the centerpiece of his presidency. But now, as the effects of his immigration policies have become measurable, it is clear to us—three people who have worked on the issue in previous administrations—that Trump is the worst president for border security in the last 30 years.

The border is currently overwhelmed with increasing numbers of migrants, in particular Central American asylum seekers. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has reported that 66,450 persons were apprehended between the ports of entry in February, the highest monthly total in a decade. Projections for March are even worse—exceeding 100,000—with experts concerned that monthly totals could exceed 150,000 in the coming months. CBP is reassigning officers from the ports of entry, which are critically understaffed, to help Border Patrol with the crush. CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan has said the immigration system on the border is at “the breaking point.” In response, the president threatened to close the border altogether to legal crossings, a threat he walked back on Thursday and replaced with a “one-year warning” to Mexico.

Despite the administration’s attempts to shift blame for the chaos, make no mistake: It is Donald Trump himself who is responsible. Through misguided policies, political stunts and a failure of leadership, the president has created the conditions that allowed the asylum problem at the border to explode into a crisis. The solution to our current border troubles lies in reforming the U.S. asylum system and immigration courts and helping Central America address its challenges—not in a “big beautiful” wall or shutting down the border. Yet effective action on these issues has been missing. And the president has now so poisoned the political well with his approach that there is little hope of meaningful congressional action until after the next election. Unless the administration changes course, the immigration crisis will only continue to worsen.

These three gentlemen seem to be unaware that people in Honduras and Guatemala are being instructed in their home countries that they can get into the United States if they can get across the border and turn themselves in to the Border Patrol immediately and ask for asylum. They’re told just what to say. These are not people in need of any kind of asylum. It’s a phony request.

There are groups in Honduras, Guatemala and Ecuador who are financing buses, in some cases, and sponsoring the caravans as well. There are smugglers who, for a fee, will get them to a spot where it’s easy to cross. According to our laws, we have to accept their request and give them a date for their court hearing, when they’re obliged to show up, if there is no room to detain them at the border, which has usually been the case recently. Usually they then vanish into the country, never to be seen again. Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer have made it quite clear that they have no intention to rewrite the asylum laws, nor to help President Trump in any way to stem the flow of illegals, who they expect to be voting in the 2020 election – for Democrats,

So it’s Trump’s fault for not changing the laws that only Congress can change? Is there anyone among the new migrants that actually has a valid asylum plea? Very unlikely. An effective border wall will not stop every incursion or border crosser, but it will help the Border Patrol immeasurably to do their job.

Is the Politico article embarrassingly phony? Of course. Fake news intended to damage the president’s efforts, by a partisan media. It’s pretty remarkable to see the amount this president has managed to accomplish with the Mueller investigation hanging over his every effort, and Democrats far from ready to give up or give in to any request. They hate him, they hate his economy, his tax cuts for the rich, Here’s Nancy Pelosi on GOP Tax cuts a while back. Democrats do not understand capitalism at all, nor how it works.

“This GOP tax scam is simply theft, monumental, brazen theft from the American middle class and from every person who aspires to reach it. the GOP tax scam is not a vote for an investment in growth or jobs. It is a vote to install a permanent plutocracy in our nation. They’ll be cheering that later. It does violence to the vision of our Founders. It disrespects the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, who are a large part of our middle class and to whom we owe a future worthy of their sacrifice. And it betrays the future and betrays the aspirations of our children. It demands, it morally demands a no vote from every member of this house of the people.”

And there’s the problem, clearly stated. We do not understand each other and have no desire to do so. We are not speaking the same language.



But Everybody Knows That Trump is .. by The Elephant's Child

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Democrats have been quite certain that their stand on illegal immigration will be popular among Hispanics. Certainly the racism implicit in Trump’s border wall will be meaningful to the people who have come to America from Mexico and  Central America. Everybody knows Trump is a racist.

A new poll by McLaughlin & Associates finds that the president’s approval rating among Hispanics is 50 percent. McLaughlin is a somewht conservative-oriented company, so Powerline checked with other surveys.  A January Marist/NPR/PBS survey put Trump’s approval rating at 50%,  February Morning Consult/Political poll put it at 45 percent, slightly higher than Trump’s overall approval rating, But what….?

But then, back when Obama was setting up the DACA program, it turned out that when Hispanics were asked what they should do with these unaccompanied children, they said to send them right back home! Steve Cortes, who helped lead the Trump Hispanic Advisory Council in 2016, cites three factors: (1) the economy (2) immigration, and (3) social issues. Cortes explains:

Leftist politicians and their media allies wrongly assume that Hispanics espouse softness on immigration illegality. In reality, a 2018 YouGov/Economist poll detailed that only 20% of Hispanics support the practice of “catch and release” of families crossing our border illegally.

Indeed, Hispanic Americans often suffer the worst, most immediate consequences of porous borders. Too often, Hispanic workers must compete against unfair, illegal labor.

In addition, dangerous illegal aliens largely terrorize Hispanic citizens. The tragic tales of MS-13 savagery, for example, normally involve Hispanic victims like Carlos Rivas-Majano, one of 27 people killed by the gang on Long Island, N.Y., in just the past three years. While elites like wannabe-Hispanic Robert Francis O’Rourke pontificate about open borders and tearing down existing border walls, the actual on-the-ground consequences flow to people with names like Hernandez, Cabrera, and Cortes.

Hispanic Americans have suffered too many totally preventable losses, such as slain Arizona police Sgt. Brandon Mendoza and young Los Angeles mother Sandra Duran, both murdered by illegal aliens living in America despite multiple prior arrests in the United States.

Paul Mirengoff added: “The assumption that Republicans must be soft on immigration to do well among Hispanics voters may prove to be another bit of conventional wisdom that Donald Trump destroys.”

“It’s an article of faith among white leftists that President Trump is a racist. He stands accused of being anti-Black and anti-Hispanic.” Where do we get our ideas of just what the “conventional wisdom” is? It’s what the media reports, It’s what the TV is saying, and the internet, Twitter and Facebook and the Hollywood celebrities a-n–d …oh.  I see!   Rather a lot of conventional wisdom has been going by the wayside lately, has it not?



The Border Crisis is Congress’s Fault! by The Elephant's Child

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Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen sent a letter to Congress on March 28, with an “urgent request” for assistance in dealing with what she described as a tide of migrants that were overwhelming the border facilities, and the department was facing a”system-wide meltdown.”

She said in the letter that there were 1,200 unaccompanied children in U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody. That is in addition to 6,600 families which brought the total number of children in custody up to around 4,700. The border facilities are not designed for holding children for extended periods, but there is nowhere else for them to go. The HHS Services residential shelters are reaching peak capacity. DHS facilities are at (or over) capacity with serious over-crowding, and thousands more are arriving daily.

ICE has been working urgently to find more bed space, and speeding up transfers, but they have had to release both adults and families because there is no place to hold them. This simply encourages more to head to the border on the chance they will be among those to be released.

Why is this a problem? As the secretary explains, “children … are put at high risk by this emergency and … are arriving sicker than ever before after this treacherous trek. DHS agents and officers are performing more than 60 hospital visits a day — many to ensure young people get immediate treatment — and we now are regularly seeing individuals arrive with life-threatening conditions.”

Reports of violence and sexual assault along the route are now pervasive, meaning that many arriving migrants require especially focused care. In some cases, girls as young as 10 years old in DHS custody require pregnancy tests so we can be sure they get essential medical support.  Traffickers are preying on innocent people for profit, and exploiting this crisis to line their pockets by breaking our laws.

U.S.Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said during  visit to El Paso that the border had hit its “breaking point, and urged Congress to come up with legislative solutions to the problem. 100,000 illegal alien apprehensions in March — the highest monthly number in a decade,  around 90 percent crossed the border between legal ports of entry.

Michel Cutler wrote a while back that open borders are dangerous to public health. He reminded that Ellis Island was a quarantine station. We seem to be facing increasing epidemics of measles across the country, particularly in New York State.

Rich Lowry, writing at the New York Post, pulls no punches. The headline is “Dereliction of duty: The border crisis is Congress’ fault.”

President Trump’s threat to close down the border with Mexico isn’t a sign of strength, but of frustration fading into desperation.

He is reacting with understandable alarm at a spiraling migrant crisis on the border, and looking to Mexico to address it because we are unwilling to do it on our own — not unable, unwilling.

There were more than 100,000 apprehensions at the border in March, an increase from the 76,000 in February. The numbers for both months were the highest in 10 years. The total for the fiscal year could hit a million, a historic surge completely overwhelming our capabilities.

The Democrats have a lot to answer for — Illegals and those who who are funding them depend on the lax U.S. border laws. They are notorious for their laxity. Most of those who are crossing the border turn themselves in to the Border Patrol immediately, and as soon as they are given a date for their asylum hearing they are released into the country, and few show up for their hearings.

Every subsequent murder, robbery, drug death can be laid directly on the desks of Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer. They choose not to deal with it, if questioned will slip into the theme that we are  a nation of immigrants, and all the wonderful things that  immigrants do for the country. This is propaganda. We are a nation of citizens who are not all that enthusiastic about paying for welfare and health care and schooling for a new 100,000 illegals. You might point out to your Democratic representatives that you would like the border laws fixed.



The “Mother of All Caravans” is Forming In Honduras by The Elephant's Child

President Trump is threatening to close the Southern Border entirely, as the “Mother of all Caravans” forms in Honduras. This one is expected to be made up of more than 20,000 people Olga Sánchez Cordero, Mexico’s Federal Interior Secretary said earlier this week.

Sánchez told reporters on Wednesday that “migration and specifically the formation of the huge caravan was a central issue in talks she held yesterday with United States Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen in Miami, Florida.”

According to Sánchez, Nielsen told her that the United States has “returned at least 76,000 migrants to their countries of origin in February and expects to deport more than 90,000 this month and a total of 900,000 by the end of the year.”

President Trump said:

“We have right now two big caravans coming up from Guatemala — massive caravans — walking right through Mexico. Mexico’s tough. They can stop them but they chose not to. Now they’re going to stop them — and if they don’t stop them, we’re closing the border,” he said.

“We will close it for a long time. I am not playing games.”

Sanchez said that criminal groups are transporting migrants from the Southern Mexico border town of Tapachula to the U.S. border in trucks, charging thousands of dollars per person for the service.

The Left likes to promote the idea of “kids in cages,”and “ripped from their mother’s arms” to garner sympathy for illegal aliens, They also want to suggest that any objection to illegal immigrants is “racism” and some kind of objection to “brown people”which is absurd, but apparently effective. Most people welcome legal immigrants who, wanting deeply to become Americans, have a lot to offer the country.

Our immigration laws badly need reform, but the Democrats have no interest in fixing the weak laws that are causing so much trouble.



South of the Border, Down Mexico Way… by The Elephant's Child

Here’s a headline to startle you a bit, by Andrew R. Arthur at the Center for Immigration Studies, today:

Will the Last Person in Central America
Please Turn Out the Lights?

Just when I was convinced that the immigration emergency at the border could not get any worse, Texas Monthly makes clear that it has. Bottom line: In just the last five months, 0.47 percent of the population of Guatemala and 0.645 percent of the population of Honduras has been arrested along the Southwest border, stretching U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) resources to the point that Border Patrol highway checkpoints are being shuttered and CBP officers are being pulled from the ports of entry in order to handle the flow.

The Border Patrol’s El Paso sector — which includes El Paso and Hudspeth counties in Texas and all of New Mexico — and the Rio Grande Valley sector have borne the brunt of the record surge of asylum-seeking families, mostly from the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. From October through February, El Paso sector Border Patrol agents processed 41,670 members of family units and unaccompanied children who crossed the border illegally, most of whom sought out and surrendered to agents. In the Rio Grande Valley, that number reached 69,623 in the first five months of the fiscal year. Crossings in March are on pace to well exceed the record numbers of February, Border Patrol officials have said.

El Paso Border Patrol officials have said they’ve been taking custody of almost 600 migrants a day … the past month, most walking across the Rio Grande in the city limits of El Paso, then walking toward the border fence that lies several hundred feet north of the international boundary, and waiting for Border Patrol agents to take them into custody. Because border detention facilities are past capacity and Immigration and Customs Enforcement has limited ability to hold families in detention, the migrants are processed, given a notice to appear in immigration court, then released to the nonprofit Annunciation House in El Paso while they make travel arrangements to join other family members in the interior of the United States.

I should remind you that Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke insists that there is no border problem in his home town of El Paso, and we should just eliminate the border fence entirely.

The whole article and a map are here. It’s worth your time. Democrats range from complete denial of any possibility of any kind of crisis at our southern border (and of course, any possible need for a wall). It’s hard to tell if it is just an attempt to deny Trump anything whatsoever, the idea that illegals will be democrat voters and keep them in power, or simply that they think they can portray America as a nation of immigrants as a winning campaign issue. Interestingly, citizens with Hispanic surnames are not at all enthusiastic about the flood of illegals. The denials of what is really happening are bizarre, and there is little straight talk anywhere, particularly in the Capitol.

Another headline, this one from Breitbart:  “U.S. PROJECTED TO ADD 1.5 MILLION ILLEGAL ALIENS TO POPULATION THIS YEAR. 

How many does it take to make a crisis? See cis.org




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