American Elephants


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.

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The Border Patrol Seized Enough Fentnayl To Kill 50 Million Americans by The Elephant's Child

The U.S.Border Patrol has seized enough fentanyl to kill over 50 million people from a  truck that was tying to cross the southern border into the United States.

Four days ago in Nogales, Arizona, at the port of entry, CBP officers stopped a tractor-trailer crossing the border with enough fentanyl to wipe out the entire populations of Texas, Arizona and New York state combined.

They found this under the floor of the trailer. They found 114 kilograms of fentanyl. According to the DEA, just two milligrams is considered a lethal dose. They also grabbed 179 kg of methamphetamine and one gram of fentanyl in pill form. The street value for the fentanyl over $102 million. The CBP officers arrested the smuggler, a Mexican national who attempted to drive the drugs across the border. The suspect was a part of the DHS’s trusted traveler program called FAST, that stands for free and secure trade for commercial vehicles. The program started after 9/11.

One would think this would suggest to Nancy Pelosi that suggesting that a wall on the border was “immoral” was a completely crackpot statement. Walls and barriers are not perfect, but they do work, and they do stop many illegal incursions. You might let her know what she is allowing.



The Continually Growing Problem of Illegal Immigration by The Elephant's Child

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(Yuma Border Patrol Photo)

We talk a lot about the border, and the potential wall. Some of the objections seem to attach to the “wall” word. Sounds mean, or unwelcoming. Not mean, but certainly unwelcoming, and justifiably so. I think most Americans welcome legal immigrants, it’s the illegal, the drugs, the crime, the dependence on welfare, and the gangs. The increasing numbers of innocent people killed by illegals because Democrats want open borders because illegals can be urged to vote is infuriating. But our immigration laws need some serious reform. As I understand the law, if an illegal can manage to set foot in the United States, they can, and do, appeal immediately for asylum, and thus they are here until they have their court hearing to see whether asylum will be granted. But once in the country, they may vanish, in spite of any requirement to appear.

The largest single group of asylum seekers ever to cross into the U.S. tunneled beneath the border wall near San Luis, Arizona, on Monday, voluntarily turning themselves into Customs and Border Protection, according to the agency.

Migrants can be seen marching toward Border Patrol agents by the hundreds, according to video obtained by ABC News. Smugglers dug a series of seven holes, only a few feet long beneath the steel border fence, with hundreds going beneath the wall and a smaller number clambering over it, according to CBP. …

The agency says 179 of the record 376 people who crossed were children, including over 30 unaccompanied minors — children under 18 traveling on their own.

Eighty percent of the apprehensions of those crossing the border with Mexico are currently parents with children. The majority of them, including the group tunneling in near Yuma, surrender immediately or seek out Border Patrol agents in order to begin the asylum process. CBP Yuma Border Sector Chief Anthony Porvaznik said his unit needs better barriers, but it more urgently needs funding to provide for families. Their number one challenge is the humanitarian problem.

Congress is the problem, while America is being invaded.

On Thursday,  Border Patrol Agents seized 700 lbs. of Cocaine, brought across the border in an area with no barrier.

And from Claudia Rosett: “The United Nations is trying to grab control of worldwide immigration policies.”

While President Donald Trump seeks funding for a border wall, the United Nations is seeking control of migration policies worldwide, with a campaign configured to undermine America’s sovereignty and control over its own borders. And, yes, if the U.N. has its way, America will help pay for it.

As with many of the U.N.’s turf grabs, this campaign to co-opt national migration policy has been years in the making. Incremental in its origins, and swaddled in U.N. jargon and procedure, it has largely escaped the U.S. headlines. But it’s now reached the stage of becoming dangerous.

The spearhead of this U.N. campaign is an international agreement with the high-minded name of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. That’s not remotely what this document boils down to. While proclaiming a utopian “unity of purpose” among the 193 highly diverse member states, this Global Compact would have the U.N.’s largely unaccountable, self-aggrandizing and often opaque bureaucracy, operating in service of its despot-infested collective of governments, set the terms for all.

Do read the whole thing.



Here’s Obama’s Border Patrol Chief, Who Supports Trump’s Wall by The Elephant's Child

You may have noticed that not many politicians seem to be interested in talking to the people who actually are responsible for manning the border, and keeping those who are not obeying the law out. Odd, but fairly typical. It might also be interesting to see how many of our very vocal politicians have actually been to the border, talked to the Border Patrol and to the people who live and work along the border.

I don’t think that the Angel Moms who have lost children to illegals had any more luck in meeting with Senator Schumer than they did with Speaker Pelosi. I suspect that neither Pelosi nor Schumer have ever been to the border. Our Border with Canada is more of a problem for Canadians, as our illegal aliens try to move on North, and the Canadians don’t like it. 



Nancy Pelosi and Today’s News, Such As It Is! by The Elephant's Child

Nancy Pelosi, newly installed as Speaker of the House of Representatives wrote to the president today to rescind her January 3 invitation for him to address Congress on January 29th, as has been traditional for the State of the Union speech to the Congress and the nation. Her excuse for her embarrassing action was that the partial government shutdown meant a lack of available security for the occasion.

“This requires hundreds of people working on the logistics and security of it. Most of those people are either furloughed or victims of the shutdown. The president’s shutdown. But that isn’t the point. The point is security,… [It’s] a security decision which is completely out of my hands.”

Ooops. Multiple reports indicated that the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security both rejected Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s stated reason.

Peter Alexander responded:

Secret Service is fully ready to offer full protection during the , a sr. law enforcement official tells @petewilliamsnbc.
“It’s a no-fail mission,” the official says.
Though USSS personnel are not being paid, the intelligence & protection functions are fully staffed.

We’ve been planning for this for months, as we always do. It didn’t start up 29 days ago,” the official said.

Speaker Pelosi may have noticed that the speech promises to be a little testy. A Large group of Angel Moms, mothers who have lost children to illegal aliens attempted to address Speaker Pelosi at her office this morning, but were turned away as she doesn’t want to hear them or talk to them. And she has just refused to give the President a single dime for any border wall.

After ignoring the Angel Moms, the Senate Democrats held a rally on the Capitol steps with poster-size pictures of (not those killed by illegal aliens) but government workers who are suffering unknown tragedy and deprivation because of the government shutdown (the longest shutdown ever, as soon as it extended for a day longer than the last one — Obama’s when he shut down national parks and all the monuments in Washington D.C., you probably remember the elderly vets flown to the Capitol to get a look at the World War II memorial that celebrated their service in the war, many old and infirm.

From today’s news:

Eight-Time Deportee Accused of Trafficking $850,000 in Meth, Cocaine”

“Border rancher; “We’ve found prayer rugs out here. It’s unreal”

“The remains of 127 dead migrants were found in Southern Arizona in 2018”

“Largest Group of Illegal Aliens (400) Enters Yuma Sector”

“Accidental Opioid Deaths Top Car Accident Deaths For the First Time”

and that’s just today….



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

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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.



The 2020 Electoral Campaign Has Already Started! Way too Early. by The Elephant's Child

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Now that Michael Avenatti has dropped out of the race for the 2020 presidential nomination, due to people learning a little more about him, all sorts of other Democrats have started their campaigns. It’s more than a little early, but the determination to take on the despised Donald Trump rages. There seems to be some element of the idea that if someone like Donald Trump who was never a governor, nor had experience in Congress, or served in the Military can win an election, then surely they  can run and win too.

With the success in office of the nation’s governors, one wonders why that is a special qualification. Governor Cuomo was just inaugurated for a third term. Washington State Governor Jay Inslee is running for the presidency, but the Cato Institute recently evaluated the nation’s governors for their fiscal management of their states. Jay Inslee came in deal last, with a resounding F, followed closely by Oregon Governor Kate Brown, who also got an F. Even Jerry Brown got a low D. Nobody seemed to notice that Jay Inslee said he was running, for the entrance of Elizabeth Warren took over the news.

Beto O’Rourke is creating a solo road trip, outside of Texas, to see if he can stir up some interest (in a pickup, of course). His qualification seems to be ‘boyish good looks’ or ‘looking like Jack Kennedy’.  Julian Castro (Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary) plans to announce on Saturday, Kamala Harris is due to start a book tour tomorrow, so she must have written something, there’s Bernie Sanders who has never given up,  Senator Cory Booker (NJ ), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY). Amy Klobuchar (MI) and Sherrod Brown (Ohio) are all interested in running.

If Joe Biden (age 76), former Vice-President, chooses not to run (though he has a lead in early polls in Iowa and nationwide),  he said that family considerations will be an aspect of his decision. This does not count all the notable non politicians  like Tom Steyer, the billionaire loon who has been running his “need to impeach” campaign all over the country, or the former president of Starbucks, Howard Schultz, and there are probably a whole bunch more. Alexandria Ocassio-Cortez expressed some interest until someone explained that a basic Constitutional qualification was that you had to be at least 35 years old.

Can you list the number of Democrat Presidents who were elected on the basis of their outstanding ideas? Their specific experience that demonstrated their outstanding abilities? Candidates have always been qualified on the basis of gender, race, color, class, or general good looks. Pretty – is a big qualification for the Left.

A number of pundits have said that Joe Biden is too old, and the nomination will go to Kamala Harris, former Attorney General of California, who is a woman, and part Black.

The Constitution requires the President to be a natural-born citizen, age at least 35 years, and be 14 years a resident. George Washington had some pretty extensive qualifications. Did an outstanding job, and when he was done, packed his bags and went on home. The qualifications have not changed, but our expectations have.

The rage and viciousness of the Democrats has reached new extremes. There’s a major element of the power of — what? Imitation? Propaganda? Wanting to be one of the crowd?  I thought that “Comedienne” Kathy Griffin’s photograph of herself holding up what purported to be a severed head of President Trump — said to Democrats still stunned that Hillary was not to be president as they had expected — that any excrescence, any insult, any outrage was permitted, and they were free to do whatever they chose to express their horror and angst.

That certainly brought out all the crazies. But they have only continued to get crazier.  While pondering the limits of nationhood and the reaction to unwanted and unwelcome migrants from the Middle East and Africa in Europe and the terrorism they have brought, and our own rejection of the illegal immigrants that are using our weak immigration laws to get into the country, use our taxpayer funded welfare and medical care, and flood the country with drugs and gangs. Every major city is suffering from drugs, addiction and gang violence from organizations like MS-13. Criminals who have been previously deported are forcing their way back in, to commit more crimes. Way too many Americans have been murdered by the Democrats weak immigration laws, their desire for open borders to enhance their electoral potential, and their desire to remake the  make-up of the House of Representatives and thus increase their control of the government.  The Goal is control. Absolute control, and eliminating the Republican Party as an opposing party. They can no longer tolerate opposition.




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