American Elephants

Immigration and Climate, Oh My. by The Elephant's Child
January 13, 2021, 5:57 pm
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President-Elect Joe Biden said he will ensure there is a “thorough investigation” by the Justice Department into officials of President Donald Trump’s administration who crafted and carried out the “Zero Tolerance” policy at the United States-Mexico border to deter illegal immigration.

During a press conference on January 8, Biden committed to having the Justice Department open an investigation into Trump officials who carried out the Zero Tolerance policy through which adult border-crossers entered separate custody from the children they arrived at the southern border with.

This is remarkably odd. This program was started under the Obama administration, because children were being trafficked from Central American countries with adults who were not their parents, and sold into sexual slavery. Sometimes they were said to belong to relatives already in the U.S. but that proved not to be true. The program was designed to save the kids. Democrats loved the visuals of “children in cages”. You may remember AOC’s trip to the border where she was photographed clinging to a chain link fence and weeping, presumably over the mistreated children, but what turned out to be an empty parking lot. Obama even had his picture printed inside the new sneakers the kids got so they would know who gave them their first sneakers. The entire program was designed to protect the children. Sorry, the Border Patrol people are doing a hard and thankless job, most of them are parents, and not given to abusing children.

The Democrats want lots of illegal aliens admitted, apparently not just for cheap yard care. They expect them to be Democrat voters grateful to those who let them in. Mr. Biden apparently thinks he has powerful issues here to influence voters, but he’s telling false stories. Children are separated from illegals who are using them to get across the border, who are not their real parents, and the children are separated for their own welfare. Democrats also seem not to have noticed that President Trump has wide support among Hispanics.

Mr. Biden is also attempting to make a big deal of a non-existent climate crisis. There is NO climate crisis, it is an effort to eliminate capitalism, as Christiana Figueres, General Secretary of the IPCC, admitted at a press conference in 2015. The climate is just fine, but some countries despise America’s free market capitalism, which has made the United States free, prosperous, and powerful. Nobody is keeping them from trying a bit of free market capitalism, in fact, we encourage it, but the ruling classes are loath to give up any of their power. Mr. Biden does not seem to do his homework, nor know what he is talking about. Do read the whole article.

Guess Who is Keeping the Border Patrol from Doing Their Job? by The Elephant's Child

On March 27, Arizona rancher Robert Krentz was murdered by an unknown gunman who entered and exited the U.S. illegally in an area where border agents are widely prohibited from using motorized vehicles, constructing roads or installing surveillance structures.

Four Republican congressmen introduced legislation on Wednesday that bans the Interior Department from using environmental regulation to forestall Border Patrol access.  The congressmen say that their bill will address environmental degradation of federal lands and help to close national security gaps along the border.

Securing the borders against illegal entry is a matter of national security, and the illegals who cross the border do considerable damage to the environment as has been shown on videos of the area. Internal documents show that the Interior Department and the U.S. Forest Service have actively prevented Border Patrol agents from securing U.S. borders by requiring Department of Homeland Security officials to complete lengthy environmental analyses, and even blocking agents from entering some areas.

And DHS has paid  the Department of the Interior more than $9 million since 2007 to “mitigate the environmental damage” of protecting the border.  That would be the areas where the Border Patrol is restricted from using motorized vehicles, building roads or installing surveillance.  A 2009 memorandum of agreement agrees that DHS will pay DOI an additional $50 million for mitigation funds, but DOI officials have not revealed how those funds will be used.

This is typical of Big Government.  Congress has passed their regulatory tasks off to governmental agencies, and the right hand seldom knows what the left hand is doing.  Not that Congress does a good job of regulation, but at least there is some oversight, and they are responsible ultimately to the voters.  But government money is easily shuffled around.   If we could track the useless and unnecessary expenditures, hold a lot of official feet to the fire, perhaps tax day wouldn’t be so painful.

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