American Elephants

A Few Important Links to Disturb Your Day, or Not by The Elephant's Child

So, the FBI is investigating to see if President Trump is a Russian stooge? We have cut the bonds with Earth and are drifting off into Never-Never Land. Daniel Greenfield, outstanding investigative journalist is on the case.

•The FBI Targeting the President is a Coup: Frontpage Magazine

•Also, he tackles A New National Security Strategy for America: wherein he identifies Immigration as our top national security threat.

At Powerline, Steven Hayward pursues the “Green New Deal” of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, which is supposedly gathering all sorts of support from Democrats. Hayward awards it the “Most Colossal Green Weenie of All Time.”
Republicans may search for more information, but the Left turns its attention to organizing. 626 Environmental Organizations sent a letter with a list of carbon reducing steps to the U.S. House of Representatives for their action

The Letter is Here. Do try to find the time to read it. It’s important. Here’s an excerpt from the letter:
We will vigorously oppose any legislation that: (1) rolls back existing environmental, health, and other protections, (2) protects fossil fuel and other dirty energy polluters from liability, or (3) promotes corporate schemes that place profits over community burdens and benefits, including market-based mechanisms and technology options such as carbon and emissions trading and offsets, carbon capture and storage, nuclear power, waste-to-energy and biomass energy.

The letter is bonkers. Roger Pielke Jr. commented  “this is like wanting action on disease, but opposing vaccines”. And do check out the 626 environmental groups at the end.

Here’s one of the better editorials on the situation at our Southern Border from The Carmel Pine Courier. The ongoing battle continues. Here ‘s another previously deported illegal immigrant who is accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old. Another result of the Democrat refusal to help create a barrier on the Southern Border that can  be placed on the desks and the responsibility of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.

And another Caravan has formed and is moving north.


Nancy Pelosi’s Misguided Speech by The Elephant's Child


Nancy Pelosi called a potential border wall (or barrier) “immoral.” I suppose that means that all the poor, often illiterate, illegal immigrants are really entitled to American citizenship just for the effort of crossing the border, simply because they are poor and to be pitied. Unfortunately a large percentage of them have been deported previously, with records of prior arrests and criminal records, and now there are the gangs of MS-13, brutal gangs in most major American cities. There are also potential terrorists from the Middle East, as the terrorists have chosen to enter through our southern border with Mexico, since it is easier than trying to get through an airport.

The media has made much of Trump’s claim that Mexico would pay for the wall, taking his comment literally. The Center for Immigration Studies has calculated that a wall (or barrier) can pay for itself; they have analyzed the cost of each illegal immigrant, the number of illegal border crossers versus the cost of a wall. At the link above, they show how they estimated, and how they calculated the costs. Makes sense to me.

President Trump won the 2016 election partly because of his stance on illegal immigration. According to Rasmussen Reports, 48% of likely voters think the government is doing too little to stop illegal immigration, while 28% think the government is doing too much.

The President suggested that if we are going to have immigrants, we should probably choose those who will contribute to our country, rather than those who will rely on our welfare sector. He believes in a merit-based immigration schedule. Outcry: Racist, Xenophobia etc. etc. In both the 2016 and 2017 omnibus appropriations bills, the president gave the DHS Secretary discretion to raise the H-2B visa ceiling from 68,000 to 85,000. Key findings from the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics are found here.

Whenever we start talking about immigration, legal and illegal, we need to remember that there are well over a million people who have applied legally to immigrate, paid any fees, and are waiting patiently in line for their turn to be admitted. The government, at some point, determined that we could comfortably absorb about a million new people a year. There are Illegal immigrants which means simply that they are acting illegally against our laws. Sometimes called illegal aliens, which means that they owe their allegiance to another country. We have foreign students, temporary workers, tourists, temporary workers under differing programs, H-2B temporary workers in several industries, H-1B who are high-tech workers, both categories work for less than American workers are paid.

It is all very complicated and affects many lives. Brushing it off with a snarky “immoral” because her political party wants open borders and more illegal immigrants who can be brought to get illegally registered and vote for Democrats, is beyond the pale.

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.


It’s Time for Republicans to Start Being Activists! by The Elephant's Child

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in a press conference today, said that “the White House would need Congressional approval to get wall funding from another part of the government, and they will not get that approval.”

Schumer said he received an offer from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for $1.6 billion for border security plus a $1 billion “slush fund for the president to use for his radical immigration agenda.” Schumer added that he told McConnell he wouldn’t accept the slush fund.

Schumer further stated, “And as for the idea of what [Sarah Huckabee Sanders] said, they could get wall money from NAFTA or some other part of the government, they need Congressional approval. They’re not getting it for the wall, plain and simple.”

Radical Immigration Agenda” indeed. We are not allowed to be a sovereign nation? We have to let in all the illegal aliens who have previously been deported for the crimes they have committed? Some come back multiple times. We are on to the Democrat agenda. They want more bodies for the 2020 census to increase the numbers of representatives for New York, in Schumer’s case, and the rest of the states. They want more taxpayers money to pay for the welfare and medical care we give to illegal aliens. The heroin and fentanyl that flow over our southern border destroying American lives.  They want illegal aliens to vote.

I would suggest that every time Senator Schumer’s name is mentioned, someone attach a list of the murders, attacks, drug deaths, children attacked, sex trafficking, deaths of illegals abandoned by coyotes, every single result of the failure to secure the southern border. Post pictures of the senator posted with the list of the results of his stupidity. Call his district offices. Call your senators and explain why you want a wall. For phone numbers go to

Walls work. Not perfectly, but they help immeasurably. A while back, The Center for Immigration Studies ( calculated that a wall would pay for itself in the reduced welfare costs and policing costs imposed by illegal aliens. I don’t know if that is true for the walls designed for President Trump, but illegals impose huge costs on taxpayers, the flow of drugs must be stopped, and there are huge costs there as well.

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.

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.

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