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See The Border Walls Going Up In New Mexico! by The Elephant's Child

California’s new Leftist Governor Gavin Newsom has been grandstanding about suing the Trump administration over its construction of a forbidding big concrete border wall.  Just yesterday a truck carrying 22 illegal immigrants simply bashed through the existing aging corrugated junk metal fencing with a heavy smuggling vehicle — terrorist style, in San Diego. This is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection photo;

President Trump tweeted what may or may not have been a triumphal direct response, but it certainly works like one. Speeded up  bit to get the construction impressively faster to completion. Take that you doubters!

There are people and organizations in Central America urging people there to go to America, and if you have a child with you they will have to let you in, they have shortages now of enough people to fill the jobs, so you will be able to get work. They are told to turn themselves in to the nearest Border Patrol once they cross the border, and ask for asylum. Who’s behind all that ? I don’t know, but it is clear they have had instructions. Is this the Democrats who want more bodies for the 2020 Census? Or the Democrats who want more Democrat voters? Has your district gone Democrat yet? I certainly do not want to suggest that there is anything nefarious about the opposing political party who have been suggesting everything from assassination to impeachment on a daily basis.

ADDENDUM: President Trump asked Congress for $5.5 Billion for an urgently needed border wall, Nancy Pelosi snarkily offered $1. Congress appropriated $!.5 Billion. Mick Mulvaney checked   around the administration, and found $600 million in the Treasury Department in forfeited funds,  $2.5 billion in Defense Department Construction funds, and some they feel that they can spare from other programs, and it adds up to round $8 billion. Naturally, there will be great wailing and gnashing of teeth among the Democrats who can’t stop making fools of themselves, but there you go.

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Suggested Reading for Clarifying the Mind by The Elephant's Child
  • From Victor Davis Hanson:”The New Nihilism:” Summing up the Democrats’ response to President Donald J. Trump, and his many, many accomplishments. Not a pretty picture.
  • From Steven Camarota of CIS: “On Immigration, Trump Needs to Focus on the Numbers” For all the talk about the border, the biggest issue is not welfare or illegal immigration per se; it is the total number of immigrants settling in the country ,legally or illegally. Democrats focus on amnesty, Businesses push for ever more guest workers, and the media happily supports both. The national interest and his political future depend on the numbers.
  • From Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner:Border apprehensions jump 84 percent, 606,000 expected this year” a surprising surge. Again, it’s the numbers.
  • From Andrew R. Arthur of CIS:Notes on a Deal I Haven’t Seen: The Pitfalls of Compromise” The fundamental issue behind all of this is the request for crucially needed infrastructure along the border. I mean fences, walls, barriers, drag roads, cameras, sensors and any number of other tools needed by the 18,600 Border Patrol agents who man the 1,954-mile southern border.

We assume that the illegal border-crossers come from Mexico and Central America, many come from the Middle East as well.



Trump’s Pointed Venezuela Speech Starts Things Moving by The Elephant's Child

President Trump delivered an excellent speech in Miami directed at the Venezuelans and Hispanics in the audience. We have food aid waiting near the border to be delivered to the starving people in Venezuela. Now Brazil has assembled caravan of food for the Venezuelans in cooperation with the U.S. and said it’s whether socialist dictator Maduro likes it or not.

Maduro, of course, denies that there is any shortage of anything, and will block any shipments. Brazil’s new right-leaning President Jair Bolsonaro has recognized newly elected Juan Guaidó as the legitimate president of Venezuela. So far the Venezuelan military is backing Maduro, but that will not continue indefinitely, in the nature of things. Maduro will be lucky to escape with his life, but where would he go?

With the U.S. and Brazil standing up for ordinary humanitarianism, things will start to move and other nations, fearful of acting on their own, will join in. That too is in the nature of things. You can think back to other times and other dictators and how they were deposed. We can usually learn from history, even if the ignorant try to hide what what happened, to proclaim their own virtue. Famously said: “The Truth Will Out.”



The Real Cost of Immigration in Our Schools by The Elephant's Child

Steven Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies talks about the poorly understood cost of immigration on our public schools. We have already heard that our public schools aren’t doing a good job with history, but immigrant children must come to the point where our history becomes their history of their country. That’s what assimilation is all about. This is a short video, but an important one for understanding the problems.



Is Our Southern Border Situation a Crisis? Of Course It Is! by The Elephant's Child

President Trump declared a national emergency at the border, after Congress delivered a spending bill denying the money Mr. Trump had requested and insisting that there was no crisis at the border. The usual suspects reacted with their usual outrage, insisting that the president was a racist who obviously just didn’t like brown people. Since there clearly was no border crisis, it was interesting that both Speaker Pelosi and Senator Schumer refused to see, or speak to, a large group of “Angel Moms”who had lost children or husbands to criminal illegal aliens. Most had pictures of their dead family members, but the two Democrats weren’t up to hearing them.

It’s hard to get accurate numbers, but there are apparently twenty national emergency orders from prior presidents still in effect. Obama reportedly issued 13.  Great weeping and wailing about a Constitutional crisis, and threats to take it right to court, which President Trump expected. Does that make you a tiny bit suspicious?

The president has been to the border, talked to present and past Border Patrol Chiefs and individual agents, to Sheriffs from border counties, and he has met with “Angel Moms” as well.

Too many Democrats make it clear that they really want open borders. It is not, as far as I can tell, Republican-run cities that proclaim themselves as “Sanctuary Cities.” They want ICE, the police force in charge of immigration and customs enforcement, abolished, apparently because of the pictures they have seen of children in cages (dating from the Obama administration). It is against the law to detain children with their parents. The kids are well taken care of, well fed, entertained, taken to parks. A couple of kids have died after being turned over to the Border Patrol, but because they didn’t get enough drinking water and care on their trip to the border. Kids who exhibit any signs of ill health are taken promptly to a hospital, as are adults.

Contagious diseases are coming across the border. Mumps is back, Measles is back, and typhoid is rampant in Los Angeles, even in government buildings.

The best source for information about immigration I have found is CIS – the Center for Immigration Studies (cis.org). They identify themselves as anti-illegal immigration and pro-legal immigration, a think-tank that studies all matters on immigration, and testifies to Congress, and supplies them with statistics.

I’m convinced that the Democrat leadership wants open borders, or at least plentiful immigration, as they assume that most illegal immigrants will manage (with help) to vote. California issued voter registration cards with drivers’ licenses. The reported numbers of illegal aliens voting are very discouraging.  I don’t believe that non-citizens should be allowed to vote. I welcome legal immigrants, love the new foods and customs they bring to the country, but I also believe in a border wall. Most countries have walls of one sort or another, and strict immigration laws.

Washington D.C. is filled with walls. The celebrities who rage and froth at the mouth over ICE and cruelty to innocent children ripped from their mothers’ arms, and anything Trump has done in particular mostly seem to have walls around their houses. The elites who fund the political parties like a goodly supply of illegals to do the scut work around their homes.

President Obama’s former Border Patrol Chief, Mark Morgan. appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show with Brian Kilmeade to discuss President Trumps decision to declare a state of emergency in order to reallocate funds toward constructing a wall. Kilmeade asked ” Is the president making up an emergency?”

“Absolutely not,” Morgan responded. “Brian, this is part of the frustration for those of us from a law enforcement, border security perspective. How many more statistics do we have to provide? How many more factually based examples do we have to provide? How many more angel families have to stand in front of some of these individuals before they finally say, ‘Yeah, okay, this is real.’ It’s just incredulous.”

“So, first of all, look at the take now. Sixty thousand [people] are coming in a month illegally into this country. This year so far, 62 caravans of 100 or more – 13 in all of last year, 2,000 in one single day this week,” Morgan answered. “So the numbers are climbing, but it’s manufactured, right? The other thing, the other argument on in between the port of entry is an absolute false narrative. Sixty percent of the southwest border does not have infrastructure, technology and personnel.”

Again, what it means to me is this is absolutely driven on identity politics. The experts have spoken both on ICE, both on United States border patrol and CBP and they have told Congress what they need to protect the borders for the security and safety of this country, Brian,” he continued. “And they have not just ignored it, they have discounted everything that they have said. Unfortunately, to me, I have only drawn one conclusion. It’s based on identity politics.”



Is This The Greatest Government Scandal Ever? by The Elephant's Child

On Thursday, CBS News anchor Scott Pelley said that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe told him that Department of Justice (DOJ) officials met to discuss whether or not to remove President Donald Trump from office in the wake of the president’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. In other words, they were discussing  a coup. These are the people appointed to high government office in the department of the United States that is charged with upholding and being responsible to see that the law is obeyed.  a coup! If you are not sure of the real meaning of that word, look it up.

This is a shocking disclosure. Sorry, you don’t get to plot to remove the president. especially when you work for the president. The interesting thing all along has been the hatred for the president because he defeated Hillary Clinton for the presidency? Because you don’t like him? Because the Democrat party lost control? I can accept  the idea that he scares you because he has a business background rather than a government background, and might not understand all the little things presidents are supposed to overlook, because they’re the Justice Department. You can file articles of impeachment when there is a crime, but there is not, and never has been – a crime. You don’t get to impeach a president because you don’t like him. The Deep State at work.

Nor do you get to impeach a president nor remove him from office because your political party has gone stark raving bonkers. Democrats worship FDR, for saving the country from the Great Depression. But he did no such thing. He had no idea what to do, so he brought in his “Brain Trust” who didn’t know what to do either, so they engaged in endless tinkering which made the Depression last far longer than it would have had he just done nothing. Had he just paid attention to what Coolidge did, which was nothing, the recovery would have come quickly. But Democrats have never understood economics at all. They are fixated on soaking the rich to make everyone equal.

They might turn their attention to all of the things this president is accomplishing for the country, but that would just increase the anger.



Where Are Those Caravans We Were Worried About? by The Elephant's Child

A few days ago there was an enormous caravan coming up on buses to the –Southern border with over 1,200 people from Honduras or Guatemala, and curiously they seem to have disappeared from the news entirely, or am I deluded? Not just “fake news” but absent news. There was more than one huge group, but Mexican cities were so anxious to get rid of them that they were arranging buses or trucks to help them on their way to the Texas border. So where are they?

President Trump held a rally in El Paso, a border town, and also the home town of “Beto” O’Rourke, failed senatorial candidate, who was holding an opposing rally at the same time. He is apparently still trying to decide if he is running for the presidency too. He seems to think that El Paso didn’t really want border walls and claimed Trump only wanted walls because he was a racist. Breitbart posted  a funny picture of O’Rourke speaking to supporters through  very tall fence. I’m not sure that Beto is ready for prime time.

There were news pictures of police cars lined up a few feet apart on the border, I presume to stop the thousand or so disappeared caravan people.
National Sheriff’s organizations appeared before Congress to demand more border security. The Democrats are offering less than half of what Trump asked for and what border patrol people are begging for. I have no idea if it is just refusal to give Trump anything as a win for him, or if they are just determined on open borders. One would think that MS-13 gangs, fentanyl and heroin, new diseases like Typhoid in LA, measles. mumps and many new cases of TB would be of interest to Democrats, but apparently not. Nor are the crimes committed by illegals. The new California governor, Gavin Newsum (?) seems to want open borders too. I don’t care about their race, or their language, I want them to care enough about coming to America that they want to do it legally. Countries have borders and laws. If you don’t obey them coming in, you are probably not going to become a useful citizen.




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