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Border Wall, Democrats, Illegals, Migrants, and Why It’s a Problem by The Elephant's Child

Victor Davis Hanson took on the Democrat rejection of a border wall under the headline “Dems Hate The Border Wall Because They Know It Will Work.”

There was likely never going to be “comprehensive immigration reform” or any deal amnestying the DACA recipients in exchange for building the wall. Democrats in the present political landscape will not consent to a wall. For them, a successful border wall is now considered bad politics in almost every manner imaginable.

Yet 12 years ago, Congress, with broad bipartisan support, passed the Security Fence of Act of 2006. The bill was signed into law by then-President George W. Bush to overwhelming public applause. The stopgap legislation led to some 650 miles of a mostly inexpensive steel fence while still leaving about two-thirds of the 1,950-mile border unfenced.

The Center for Immigration Studies explains the way illegal’s travel is facilitated by official government policy in Costa Rica and Panama. When they have made their way through the Darien Gap jungle, the migrants turn themselves in to the Panamanian military police. The police register them and get them to government camps for food, medicine and rest. Then with Western Union money transfers, the government gives them permits to legally be in-country long enough to leave the country heading North. Costa Rican repeat the catch, rest and release, and send them on to the Nicaraguan border.

Then you have all the tech companies who want lots of H-1B workers imported because they are cheaper than our own tech graduates, and can’t afford to complain. If you can find anyone who is thinking primarily of the good of the country, let me know. The majority of our Hispanic citizens, according to polls, favored sending the DACA kids back home. The current problem has nothing to do with our immigrant ancestors, the placque on the base of the Statue of Liberty, CIS also has interviews with migrants in Costa Rica from Iran. Bangladesh, and Pakistan all en route to the U.S. Border. This is all far more complicated than most of us recognize.

 

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Sometimes It Really Helps If You Know What You Are Talking About by The Elephant's Child

Oh ha, ha, ha. Here is one of the best examples you will find of a conversation between a clueless Democrat member of the press and someone who actually knows what he is talking about. Democrats are all about feeeelings.

CBS’s  Margaret Brennan was sure she had an advisor to President Trump in a humiliating spot on Face the Nation, over the death of a seven year-old child in the custody of the Border Patrol. And not only that, but Republicans were going to take away vulnerable Americans’ health care! Steven Miller made mincemeat of the naive Margaret Brennan, and this is undoubtedly his last appearance on Face the Nation, but it was a good one!

Democrats want open borders, partly for illegal immigrants who will work hard for little money, doing the scut work in our economy, and partly for potential voters to sway elections and to be counted in the upcoming census, which so far – does not count citizens, but just bodies. Big numbers of bodies means they will get more representatives in the House of Representatives, because the House is based on population numbers. (California gives out voter registration with a drivers’ license, which makes vote fraud easier.)

You have heard the Democrats whining about the terrible unfairness of the Electoral College. The Senate has two senators for each state, no matter how small, to balance the big states’ domination in the House where the few really big states would run the house and the government if they had their way and the smaller or more rural states would find their votes useless. The Founders understood that human nature is often greedy and selfish and aimed to make the three branches of government provide checks on each other.

The Border Patrol is attempting, every day, to protect illegal immigrants from their own folly. If you follow the news from the border, you will be aware of the dead bodies found in some of the more remote areas on our side of the border. Illegals often abandoned by smugglers or ‘coyotes’ who have their pay already. Traffickers have made it clear to illegals hoping to get in, that having children will help their plea for asylum, so the kids may not even belong to the illegals they are with. The 7 year-old child was deprived of food and water for days, and though the Border Patrol helicoptered her to the nearest children’s hospital, was unable to save her life. The Border Patrol are not the bad guys. They save lives almost every day.

Customs and Border Protection reported that 294 illegal aliens died crossing our southern border in federal fiscal year 2017, which is an 11% drop from the previous year. This counts only the bodies discovered. There’s a lot of wild country on the border. New skeletons were discovered just this week.

Next, keep in mind that an unknown number die on the Mexican side of our shared border in equally remote and inaccessible locations, and are simply left as cadavers by their smuggling guides, never to be counted by officialdom.

Then, recollect that others almost certainly die on Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala, or on Guatemala’s northern border — or, indeed, anywhere along the route for the tens of thousands of Guatemalans, Salvadorans, Hondurans, and others who yearly attempt the trek. They are not to be found in that 294 figure; they are a part of the unacknowledged overhead of this constant illegal movement in human beings al norte.

Gallup just did a “world survey” that needs to be taken with a hefty dose of salt, indicating that approximately 750 million people around the world would like to migrate, and to no one’s surprise, the United States is the prime choice of destination. The numbers are meaningless, except as perhaps an indication of the numbers of people who are unhappy with the government of their own countries, which is interesting.



Sixty Three Percent of Non-Citizen Households Use Welfare by The Elephant's Child

The Center for Immigration Studies, a think tank that studies the problems and triumphs of the immigration system is firmly pro-immigrant but anti-illegal immigrant. We are a country of laws, and we have immigration laws, which presumably are meant to be obeyed.

Their most recent, and troubling headline: “63% of Non-Citizen Households Use Welfare, Justifying Public Charge Concerns.”

Washington, D.C. (December 3, 2018) – The Trump administration has proposed new “public charge” rules making it harder for prospective immigrants to qualify for lawful permanent residence (green cards) if they use or are likely to use U.S. welfare programs. Center for Immigration Studies analysis of Census Bureau data shows that concern over immigrant welfare use is justified, as households headed by non-citizens use means-tested welfare at high rates. Non-citizens in the data include illegal immigrants, long-term temporary visitors like guest workers, and permanent residents who have not naturalized. While barriers to welfare use exist for these groups, it has not prevented them from making extensive use of the welfare system, often receiving benefits on behalf of U.S.-born children.

Steven Camarota, the Center’s director of research and the report’s lead author, observes, “Although most immigrants work, a large share have low levels of education resulting in low incomes – the primary reason so many access the welfare system. Either we select future immigrants unlikely to need welfare by emphasizing skills and education, or we accept the welfare burden that comes from our current immigration system.

The full report is to be found here.

  • In 2014, 63 percent of households headed by a non-citizen reported that they used at least one welfare program, compared to 35 percent of native-headed households.
  • Welfare use drops to 58 percent for non-citizen households and 30 percent for native households if cash payments from the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) are excluded. EITC recipients pay no income tax and like other welfare, the EITC is a means-tested anti-poverty program, but unlike other programs one has to work to receive it.
  • Compared to native households, non-citizen households have much higher use of food programs (45 percent vs. 21 percent

CIS suggested a year or so ago that a border wall would pay for itself in the decreased cost of welfare programs used by illegal immigrants, not to mention the decreased cost of drugs funneled through the southern border. Whether that holds true for the border walls now being considered, I do not know, but that effect is apparently not being considered by Congress in their discussions of President Trump’s proposed border wall.

Democrats want more legal and illegal immigrants, to shift the 2020 Census. That’s the reason for Sanctuary Cities, the fight against any border wall, and the constant claim that Republicans are racist, which is supposed to apply in all cases. That claim is supposed to end any departure of blacks from the Democratic Party, for they can’t afford to lose the black vote. It would be helpful if we could just access some facts without the politics.

 



The American Media Are Not Living Up to Their Own Standards by The Elephant's Child

The Media is trying hard to make a really dreadful event out of the Border Control using tear-gas on the “caravan” at the border who tried to rush the border and started throwing rocks and bottles at the Border Control Police. Members of the Border Patrol are allowed to defend themselves, and rocks and bottles can be very serious indeed. One Border Control member was killed just that way, not in the current melee.

It would be nice if the media could just report the news accurately instead of trying to spread Leftist propaganda of poor pathetic little children getting tear-gassed. The woman with two barefoot little kids was proved to be a plant for the cameras, And once again, Jim Acosta was proved not to know what he was talking about. If you recall, he tried to correct President Trump when the president said the caravans were an “invading force”, Acosta insisted they were only a poor pathetic group of unfortunates applying for amnesty.  Well, 8,500 young men of military age rushing the border with rocks and bottles thrown can clearly be described as an invading force. And there are yet two more caravans on the way. They are not eligible for any kind of amnesty.

The Leftist media pay no attention to what has been reported. We were told, by Caravan spokesmen that they did not want amnesty, and knew they would not get it anyway, they just wanted jobs. That was repeated several times, but it didn’t fit with the Left’s preferred story line, nor with their goal of getting more illegals in to be counted in the 2020 census.

If this first group is accurately numbered at 8,500, there are two more caravans yet to arrive, and we don’t know the body count for them, but it’s probably similar. We certainly haven’t heard anyone talking about how much smaller the two following groups are. The Mexicans are fed up with them and are deporting them as fast as they can.  Seven out of ten Mexicans are opposed to the caravans. The citizens of Tijuana are furious at the massive intrusion, and are demanding help from the Mexican government as their own police try to deal with them.

Obama repeatedly dealt with migrant caravans with pepper spray and tear gas, over 30 times, but the Left is unable to criticize their own. Their entire purpose is to defame the current President of the United States, and they will try anything that promises success in defaming or displacing him.



DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Explains the Border Crisis by The Elephant's Child

Kirsten Nielsen DHS

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen posted the following on DHS’s Facebook page “regarding the recent crisis on our southern border:”

Given the activities of the last 24 hours at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, I want to provide an update on what occurred and attempt to dispel many of the rumors and much of the misinformation circulating.

First, the violence we saw at the border was entirely predictable. This caravan, unlike previous caravans, had already entered #Mexico violently and attacked border police in two other countries. I refuse to believe that anyone honestly maintains that attacking law enforcement with rocks and projectiles is acceptable. It is shocking that I have to explain this, but officers can be seriously or fatally injured in such attacks. Self-defense isn’t debatable for most law-abiding Americans.

Second, the caravan is far larger and more organized than previous ones. There are 8,500 caravan members in Tijuana and Mexicali. There are reports of additional caravans on their way.

Third, the overwhelming majority of these individuals are not eligible for asylum in the United States under our laws. Historically, less than 10% of those who claim asylum from #Guatemala, #Honduras, and #ElSalvador are found eligible by a federal judge. 90% are not eligible. Most of these migrants are seeking jobs or to join family who are already in the U.S. They have all refused multiple opportunities to seek protection in Mexico or with the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Seeking employment or family reunification are not grounds for asylum under our laws, or any international obligation. There are, however, legal ways to seek a job or to be reunited in the U.S.

Fourth, the caravan members are predominately male. It appears in some cases that the limited number of women and children in the caravan are being used by the organizers as “human shields” when they confront law enforcement. They are being put at risk by the caravan organizers as we saw at the Mexico-Guatemala border. This is putting vulnerable people in harms way.

Fifth, we cannot confirm the backgrounds and identities of all caravan members which possess a national security and public safety risk to our country. However, at this point we have confirmed that there are over 600 convicted criminals traveling with the caravan flow. This includes individuals known to law enforcement for assault, battery, drug crimes, burglary, rape, child abuse and more. This is serious. Additionally, Mexico has already arrested 100 caravan members for criminal violations in Mexico.

Sixth, our Border Patrol agents and officers responded admirably and responsibly to the events on Sunday. It is a testament to their training and professionalism that no one was injured. The accepted use of nonlethal force (also used by the Obama Administration in 2013) prevented further injury to agents and a mass illegal rush across the border. We will not shy away from protecting our people. I ask parents to avoid violent caravan groups and refrain from attempts to illegally enter our country – these acts will put your children in danger.

Seventh, I want to thank President Donald J. Trump again for the decision to send @DeptofDefense to the border to bolster our ports of entry and provide force protection for Customs and Border Protection. This decision likely prevented injuries to personnel and migrants or additional damage to property. Instead of “a political stunt,” as suggested by some, this was in fact the act of a leader concerned about the rule of law.

Eighth, this Administration has been working nonstop to fix our immigration system to address the crisis at the border. We have proposed legislation and asked Congress to pass it. The President has repeatedly made clear what is needed to secure our border and negotiated in good faith. It is time for Congress to do its job. Absent Congressional action courts have misinterpreted existing laws and have made the job of law enforcement far more difficult. But the men and women of DHS will continue to do all we can to enforce the law and DHS and U.S. Department of State will continue negotiations with Mexico and our other partners in the region. We are optimistic that cross border collaboration can help make America, indeed the entire region, more secure.

Finally, this Administration warned about the danger of the caravan. We predicted the violence we saw on Sunday. We prepared to address it with additional personnel and DOD deployments. We will continue to prepare for the next assault while looking for lasting solutions with Congress and our Mexican partners. As always, I want to thank those officers and agents in San Ysidro who, under tremendous strain, used professionalism and restraint to ensure that no one was injured as they were attacked themselves. I also thank DOD and our state & local law enforcement who were on scene to support our people.



If It Involves Little Kids, the Democrats Have a Sob Story by The Elephant's Child

Democrats usually rely on emotional appeals to gain their advantage. The earlier discussions of our Southern border were accompanied by pictures of children in cages (from the Obama Administration) and lots of pictures and talk of “little children ripped from their mother’s arms.” Well, no they weren’t. When illegal alien parents were held until they could have a hearing and were detained, our laws said that the children could not be physically detained with their parents. We provided comfortable care, entertainment, with trips to parks and playgrounds, and good food. But our suburban moms seldom get the whole story, and were, as intended, moved by the “ripped from their mothers’ arms” theme repeated over and over. That worked for the Democrats, and they may have even gained some votes from it.

So back to the border. When the “caravans” started in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, they were told right at the beginning that they would not be admitted to the United States. Caravan spokesmen made it clear early on that they were not asking for asylum, they just wanted jobs. So we’ve ended up with 3 or more new caravans, huge, going to walk thousands of miles to show how serious they were. Lots of pictures of the thousand member caravans. But the long slog up the west coast which was supposed to be barren and dangerous didn’t happen, as they seem to have gotten rides most of the way. The Border Patrol has closed most lines of traffic so they cannot use the car lanes.

Some have tried to rush the border, some have tried to climb the fences. When they started throwing rocks and thermoses, the Border Patrol was authorized to defend themselves. The Democrats had the usual emotional response ready. “ICE was using tear gas on unprotected innocent little children.” I think it was the Washington Post that went on about tear-gassing babies in diapers. It was the Border Patrol, not ICE, but ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) has already been carefully identified as the bad guys. The whole thing is supposed to reflect very badly on the tyrannical Trump, except the San Diego Union-Tribune called up some articles from 2013  when a little group of about 100 people were trying to illegally cross the border near the San Ysidro port of entry and threw rocks and bottles at U.S. Border Patrol agents who responded with pepper spray and other means to force the little crowd back to Mexico. That was the Obama administration pepper-spraying homeless, desperate deportees making a desperate bid to rejoin their families. According to the Washington Post Obama was doing it once a month.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was instructed not to call them “migrants” but to call them “asylum seekers.” She promptly compared them to Jewish families fleeing Nazi Germany, noting that asking to be considered as a refugee and applying for status is not a crime. International Law requires migrants applying for refugee status to apply to the first country they come to. Mexico offered asylum and at least temporary jobs, but thousands turned down the offer.

Let me repeat what I said at the beginning. They said when they first formed up into a caravan that they knew they wouldn’t get asylum — they just wanted jobs, and our nice benefits. There were a lot of previously deported illegals, and significant numbers of Bangladeshis, and at least 100 identified criminals.

The Center for Immigration Studies (cis.org) has attempted to get a count of the suspected terrorists who have been encountered en route or at the Southwest Border since 2001. Their estimates are here, if you are interested.

Democrats are giving this all the full court press. It has been suggested that they want open borders to get their numbers up on the 2020 census, so they will get more congressional representatives in the House. It would be really helpful if they would actually deal with these problems honestly, but apparently that is quite unlikely.



Mark Levin and Victor Davis Hanson: A Conversation Not to Be Missed by The Elephant's Child

I particularly enjoy listening to these two men separately, to have them together is a real treat. Two of our most valued intellectuals, talking about their concerns, which are my concerns as well, and perhaps yours as well.  Enjoy.




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