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Fourth of July Observed! by The Elephant's Child
July 5, 2021, 2:15 pm
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Today is apparently the “Fourth of July Observed”. I believe that means that if you didn’t get a special holiday because the real 4th was on Sunday, you get to take today off to compensate. Gets confusing. Don’t know if everything that is normally open on a Monday — is. Weather here is cloudy, 60 degrees. After our heat wave, normality is very welcome.

President Biden’s approval ratings are down. Only 33% approve of his actions on immigration. Even among Democrats, only 63% approve. “Activists” demand priority action on climate. These are the folks who think the earth is about to be destroyed in some fashion because of an excess of CO2. Fortunately the sane people out there have read that carbon dioxide is simply a natural fertilizer for plants and is greening a hungry world and increasing crop yields.

Homicides are up 38% in Atlanta, 33% in Portland, 37% in Philadelphia. Shootings up 54% in New York City, 51% in Los Angeles, and 18% in Chicago. There were 88 weekend shootings in Chicago. At the Southern Border, illegal immigration is the highest in 70 years. That should take care of the bad news for the day, so go enjoy observing.



One Million Legal Immigrants Was the Congressional Limit! by The Elephant's Child
June 30, 2021, 6:56 pm
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Congress declared some time ago that we could probably accept about one million immigrants a year. I don’t think they specified “legal” immigrants. They just set the number at one million. Well, July is the beginning of the second half of the year, and reportedly, from CNN, one million have already crossed the border since last October. A Panamanian official warns that there are terrorists among those seeking to cross the border. In June, more than 6,300 people on average have been encountered crossing the border every day, citing the 21 day average.

So naturally, in response, Joe Biden says he’s going to invite back all the illegals that Trump deported. ,These Southern Border numbers do not include the annual steady stream of roughly one million legal immigrants, the 800,000 temporary visa workers, or the people who overstay their legal visas. Joe Biden seems to have an obsession with undoing whatever Trump did, without the slightest consideration of whether the thing Trump did was a good accomplishment or a mistake. If Trump did it, it was, to Biden, clearly wrong. This is not healthy thinking. He seems to have no understanding of the whole idea of “illegal immigration,”

In May, 230.000 migrants crossed the border , 120,000 got through the border, including 100,000 job seekers. DHS Secretary Mayorkas is trying to expand migration across the border by widening many side doors in the nations migration laws, and his is expanding opportunities for illegal and legal migrants to get green cards from Americans. Overall migration legal, illegal, temporary and permanent may hit 2.5 million in Biden’s first year in office.

Good luck to the roughly four million young Americans who will enter the labor force in 2021. Migration ups the competition for jobs and housing that our own kids need. Migration damages American’s career opportunities, cuts their wages, raises their rents and curbs their productivity, and shrinks their political clout. It’s really not just a matter of being nice to young folks that want to come to America. Even GOP leaders have characterized this all as a chaotic border crisis, cruel to migrants, and useful to the drug cartels. Federal agents say they have seen a 4,000 percent increase in Fentanyl coming over the border in the last three years.



Democrats’ Crime Problem Is Serious! by The Elephant's Child
June 24, 2021, 11:48 pm
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The most devastating headline of the day was in the Wall Street Journal, for an article by Karl Rove: When Does the Actual Governing Start? Ouch! Democrats, he says , are chasing left wing fantasies instead of dealing with the necessities of policy. That sounds about right.

The American people are concerned about crime, an influx of illegal aliens that are causing a lot of the crime. Drugs are flowing across the Southern Border from Mexican Drug Cartels, and igniting crime in this country. Joe Biden seems to believe that if he just takes away everybody’s guns, then there won’t be any more crime. It’s a little more complicated than that. “Defund the Police” is clearly not working. In New York’s election, crime was clearly the dominant issue.

Joe Biden has made a concerted effort to open the borders to vast numbers of illegal aliens from Central America. He prefers to refer to them as “refugees” but the Central American problems are not wars nor corruption, but the ability to earn more in the United States than they could at home. Not to mention free schools for the kids, and potentially, the ability to become citizens.

Many Americans welcome new citizens, legal immigrants who come here by applying at the nearest U.S. consulate and waiting their turn. Congress has suggested that about a million immigrants a year are welcome to apply for citizenship. We’re way over that now. The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS.org) is a Washington D.C. Think Tank devoted to immigration and its problems and regulation. The border states are having a bad time withe the influx of illegals. Joe Biden, in his rush to undo anything and everything done by President Donald Trump has made a colossal mess of it. But apparently Kamala Harris is actually going to visit the border.

About two million illegal immigrants have been issued Social Security numbers, including those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and applicants for adjustment of status, suspension of deportation, and asylum, as well as parolees and those granted withholding of removal. All of the above individuals are in the country illegally and could be required to leave. Yet, under the current system, they are still given work authorization and Social Security numbers, allowing them to receive the EITC and ACTC.

There are, of course, a lot of people in this country who welcome cheap labor. Farmers need a lot of stoop labor in harvesting their crops, and it’s hard to find cheap. The well-to-do want their lawns mowed and their scut work done cheaply. Schools have a hard time dealing with large numbers of non-English speaking kids. When it is done legally, it’s one thing, illegally — something quite different. And some people believe that we were once all immigrants, and shouldn’t turn anyone away. The numbers of Americans murdered by illegal aliens keeps growing. And not all the illegals are from Central America, they are coming from all over the world and using the Southern Border to get in. Including a lot on the inadmissible list.

I would urge you to visit CIS.org occasionally to have a better grasp of the problems. They even offer border tours for those who are interested. Unfortunately, the press doesn’t always do their homework. Democrats are apt to believe that if you just throw some money at a problem, that solves it. Doesn’t work that way. They have already done too much of that. Inflation is clearly showing up. Keep an eye on the price of gas. Lumber has pretty much returned to normal, but we’ll be seeing more inflation at the grocery store.



Texas is Just Going to Build Their Own Border Walls! by The Elephant's Child
June 13, 2021, 9:59 pm
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Texas has had enough of the Biden Border policies. Texas is a big state, and they have a lot of border with Mexico, and had quite a few wars over it as well. Texas Governor Gregg Abbott has announced that since Biden is so busy trying to eliminate the immigration controls that President Trump established, Texas will just build their own border walls. What a truly odd state of affairs. Take a good look at a map of Texas to see just how much border they have with Mexico, and you will see their problem. That’s the Alamo above.

I really do not understand just why Joe Biden wants to invite Central America to come in as illegal aliens. Does he assume that because they manage to sneak across the border they will, when they become voters, be so grateful to him that they will automatically vote Democrat? Is he trying to assure that because of “la invatacion” they will naturally be Democrat voters? Congress, I thought, said that we could at a maximum, handle one million immigrants a year, and I think we are way over that already. Does he believe that admitting illegals and offering citizenship just around the corner that makes him a good and compassionate person? I do not understand the motivation.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton reminded that Texas was the first state to bring a lawsuit against the Biden Administration, which they won. Within 6 days of Biden’s inauguration, Texas had HALTED his illegal deportation freeze.

It’s going to get interesting when the schools re-open this fall. (They will re-open this fall won’t they?) when many schools are filled with Spanish-speaking kids, with teachers who don’t necessarily speak Spanish. I had Spanish classes all the way through school, but never any spoken Spanish. I still have a lot of Spanish vocabulary, but do not speak the language. Never had a fluent Spanish speaker around.



The Westernmost Edge of the Border between San Diego and Tijuana. by The Elephant's Child
February 27, 2021, 8:14 pm
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Joe Biden is still a new president for many of us, and we are still trying to learn just what he has in mind and what he plans to accomplish. It is, of course, clear that the Democratic Party wants to fully control the American government, but so do the Republicans, that’s how our government is currently set up. We have other parties off and on, but they have not caught on.

Democrat’s passionate demand to be in control has been very much in evidence during the past four years. They have used every trick or lie or falsehood to demonize the recent Republican president. Every day of Trump’s four years he was under one attack or another from Hillary’s pretend Communist influence to the recent “impeachment.” They cannot stand to have a Republican in charge. And apparently they are completely unaware of all that Trump accomplished for the American people. That mindset has carried over to Joe Biden, who is trying his best to eliminate every trace of the previous four Trump years, and he’s still working hard at it. Many of his efforts are absurd, and clearly just an effort to remove anything Trump, in case some mentally disturbed citizens should actually approve of the despised past president.

President Biden has clearly emphasized his desire to open the borders to as many migrants as want to come to America. He has halted all construction on the border wall, pretty much shut down ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), made them release the prisoners they had for deportation (usually because they had committed serious crimes). He is releasing hundreds of Illegal Aliens into American towns, untested for Coronavirus, untested for past criminality. Presumably into selected towns where the newcomers will influence the vote numbers, or the census allotment of members of Congress. Democrats think that way.

You remember, I’m sure, the outcry about “kids in cages” when President Trump kept the children accompanying migrants who seemed to be unrelated to the kids who accompanied them, to keep them safe. Well, never mind. It’s no longer “kids in cages” they are now in “shelters” or “migrant facilities at the border”, subtle changes in language by the Washington Post and CBS that are meant to influence your mind into a different direction.

The border with Mexico is not a nice place. If you follow the news of the border, they keep finding mass graves of opposing groups on the Mexican side. These are not peaceful communities, there are drug cartels trying to ship drugs into the United States, and they dig tunnels and use every means of getting their goods across the border. There are immense profits available in the drug trade, and in many cases their compatriots are already in this country. The Border Patrol and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) have a difficult and dangerous job. President Biden is trying to open the borders and eliminate ICE, in the assumption that more illegal immigrants will become Democrat voters.

The Democrats urge to be in complete control of the government is insatiable. The real interests of the American people for a better economy, fewer problems with drugs, more jobs, fewer homeless, less crime, are not really a matter of concern for them. If they were, they would have had some appreciation for President Trump’s accomplishments. Instead it was a battle for four years starting with Hillary’s phony claims of Russian influence and culminating in a phony impeachment for a capitol invasion that he neither caused nor advocated.

Our current level of immigration is roughly about 1 million a year. In the midst of a devastating pandemic, an economic slowdown then the Biden administration made a big show of proposing sweeping legislation that would legalize almost all illegal aliens. enact measures that would weaken immigration enforcement and increase legal immigration to new levels. Congressional staff received a 59 page section be section summary of the bill. The White House made it clear that it’s top priority is amnesty for illegal aliens. Why?

The bill, however has not yet been introduced in Congress, and may never be. In an evenly divided Congress, it has no chance of of passage. It was proposed on the president’s first day in office to satisfy a campaign pledge and as a gesture of solidarity with the party’s most radical anti-borders activists. The administration and congressional Democrats confessed that a series of smaller measures is more likely. But the “downsized” amnesties are not small. They would give legal status to three to five million illegal aliens, more than were amnestied by the 1986 law that was supposed to be a one-time measure.

I’m inclined to support plain old legal immigration. You want to come to America and become an American, so you apply formally at a consulate, wait your turn, and come legally. Take the courses in citizenship, and in time get sworn in and welcomed as new citizens. There are “temporary” or repeatedly renewed statuses granted to people already here illegally when some sort of natural or man-made disaster strikes their home countries.

Biden has also lifted the so-called “Muslim ban” which was a qualified prohibition on issuing visas to citizens of countries whose governments are unable or unwilling to provide us with the information to allow the visa applicants to be vetted. We will probably see a lot more executive action in that line. I fail to understand the need for it, nor the reason why they regard it as a good thing.

The photo is of the westernmost edge of the border between Tijuana and San Diego. Apparently most illegal aliens did not enter through the Southern border. I guess, overstayed visas, overstayed work permits, overstayed visitors permits. Our tech industry has a lot of temporary workers.

If you are curious about immigration, go to CIS.org, the Center for Immigration Studies, a think-tank dedicated to all matters about immigration, and an excellent source for good information.

Addendum: President Joe Biden in an interview with Univision on Friday, stated that “he hopes and expects the migrant facility in Texas that was used during the Trump administration”won’t stay open very long,” and that what his administration is doing is “much different” from kids in cages because there are people helping the children. Our hope and expectation is that they won’t stay open very long, and that we’ll be able to provide for every kid who comes across the border safely to be housed in a facility that is licensed. And what we’re trying to do, and we have literally hundreds of people doing it now, connect them with families in this country, get them the families that they came to see or they are looking for, and we;v e already connected thousands of them that way. And so, that’s what — that our hope, is to unite these children with families while they wait to have a hearing.” He also added that what he’s doing is “much different” from ids in cages because “we have people there helping them.” Oh, like the people who took the kids to parks and playgrounds under the Trump administration? Now the illegals coming across the border will get free taxi rides to wherever they want to go, courtesy of the taxpayers. That will solve the border crisis.



Here’s Michelle Malkin On Illegal Immigration by The Elephant's Child

This is a hard problem for Democrats. They want open borders, at least until we get through the next census count. If they can add enough illegals to get counted in the census in all the sanctuary cities and states, they can add more representatives in the House of Representatives which is organized on the basis of population. The Senate is organized on the basis that each state will have two Senators, no matter what the population, so that all states are represented equally.

Unfortunately for the Democrats, Conservatives believe that immigrants should enter the United States legally. Apply at the U.S. Consulate in their own country, or apply for asylum at the border. Democrats like to believe that letting immigrants just cross the border wherever is because “America is a nation of immigrants”— actually it’s a nation of citizens, and if you want to become a citizen, do it legally, because America is a nation of laws. The Left likes to believe that they are morally superior because they care about the unfortunate or the downtrodden, like illegal aliens.

There’s a big cost to illegal immigration. The State of Idaho spelled out the cost of illegal immigration for their state, that falls on Idaho’s taxpayers. As I keep reminding, governments have no money of their own. Whatever they spend comes out of the pockets of the taxpayers.



At Least 5,800 “Fake Families” Have Been Found at the Border. by The Elephant's Child

We have an interesting disconnect here. Illegal immigration is a major concern for the American people, according to polls. Democrats, uniformly, seem to believe in open borders, Sanctuary Cities and states, and seem to believe that AOC’s  (always on camera) description of “concentration camps” for kids is quite accurate, or even if not accurate, — useful. They believe that ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) is a terrorist organization  and should be abolished. Democrats feature pictures of children in cages, left from the Obama administration as propaganda to show how awful the Border Patrol and anyone who dares to oppose illegal immigrants just flowing over the border is. This suggests that they believe the American people outside the hallowed halls of the nation’s capitol are so stupid they will believe any propaganda the Democrats choose to present.

On Tuesday, Mark Morgan, Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) told a Senate Committee that 5,800 “fake families” have been discovered trying to enter the U.S. illegally this year.

“Our laws prevent us from holding people more than 20 days and because we can’t get the information we’re probably releasing them even sooner than that in many cases, correct?” Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) asked Morgan during a Senate Homeland Security hearing on the border crisis.

“With respect to family units, since March of this year, United States Border Patrol has been releasing family units directly so in some cases they’re being released in under 48 hours into the interior of the United States,” Morgan said.

Johnson replied, “Because it really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to try and find facilities to hold them for 20 days with this overwhelming flow so instead of border patrol turning them over to ICE for a more thorough vetting process and then ICE releasing them, border patrol is doing it directly?”

We’ve written before about kids being circulated back and forth over the border to create a “family” out of illegals who have no kids. There’s a hefty charge for renting kids. Then there are children forced into the task and threatened to keep them obedient.

Democrats are anxious to make all things about the border an emotional affair, you are supposed to pity the poor children, care for the poor adults who just want to get into the country to make more money than they can make at home. Children are separated from their “parents” because the law does not allow children to be detained with their parents. They are required to be cared for separately, and they are well cared for.

The Border Patrol began testing DNA on April 30. They really don’t have time to determine if children are with their real parents or are victims of human trafficking.

AOC’s visit to the border and weeping photograph over an empty parking lot on the other side of the chain link fence, and her claims of “concentration camps” are meant to elicit pity and emotion. Congress needs to change some bad laws to help the Border Patrol deal with a monumental problem, but Democrats find the current situation much more useful.

ADDENDUM: Elizabeth Warren apparently claimed last night that there are “cages of babies” being held at the U.S.-Mexico border – despite there being no evidence whatsoever, no photos, no confirmation from others.

“What we can’t do is not live our values,” Warren said. “I’ve been down to the border, I have seen the mothers, I have seen the cages of babies. We must be a country that every day lives our values. And that means we cannot make it a crime when somebody comes here.”

While visiting a federal immigration facility in Los Fresnos, Texas, Warren spoke about adult border crossers being held in detention without the children they arrived with but did not mention seeing cages of babies.

They keep explaining and explaining that the law requires that children cannot be put in detention with their parents. They are place in non-detention facilities, treated well, taken to parks and entertained. If Democrats want children to remain with their (?) parents, they will have to change the law which they refuse to do. All pictures of children in cages are from the Obama administration, which did put them in cages.



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.



Democrats Favor Illegal Immigration Because It’s All About Power by The Elephant's Child



Immigration: Legal or Illegal? It Makes a Difference. by The Elephant's Child

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The Caravans have apparently gotten rides and around 7,000 to 10,000 of them are at the border in Tijuana. The residents of that city are up in arms with thousands of unwanted migrants on their streets. The Migrants are admitting that they are not after asylum, but just want American jobs. President Trump asked why are they waving flags of their native countries? They do not want asylum, they do not want to become Americans, they want jobs and the benefits our generous aid systems provide.

The military has been busy setting out razor wire all along the border. Tijuana has appealed to the Mexican military for help. The migrants know they are not eligible for asylum. They apparently intend to mass at the border and see what President Trump will do about it.

Homeland Security claims there are at least 500 criminals traveling with the caravans. Authorities have closed four lanes of traffic at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa crossings in response to intelligence that groups of migrants planned to rush the border through automotive lanes. That led to closure of eight more lanes at the busy border crossings. There were already many Mexicans camped near the border waiting their turn to apply for asylum. The asylum rules are complex, but as I understand it, they have to apply in the first country they come to, which for the Hondurans, Guatemalans, and Salvadorians was Mexico – who offered jobs, but only 1,800 or so took them up on it.

Australia’s Prime Minister has promised a major cut in their migrant intake. Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the country’s major cities have buses, trains and schools that “are full.” The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Mr. Morrison will ask state leaders to create their own population plans and will address the issue at the next Council of Australian Governments meeting on December 12.

His plan is to move away from top-down discussions about population to set specific migration caps to how many can enter. In Sydney, Mr. Morrison said, that migrants accounted for about 70% of the population growth last year. Australians want an end to mass migration.

And then there is Europe. Angela Merkel has, for whatever reason, perhaps German guilt, encouraged the European Union to welcome refugees, and they have come from all the troubled countries of the Middle East and Africa. But swallowing this massive influx is something else again. Initially they were greeted with flowers and food and song. (Really) But the immigrants have had a habit of burning cars, complaining about the housing arranged for them, raping women and girls, and killing innocent Europeans.

Some of the Eastern Europeans, more familiar with being invaded by violent armies, have built walls or fences to keep the migrants out, and are castigated for it. In England, it was reported that the most popular baby’s name was Mohammed. It is hard for the Europeans who also believe in Freedom of Religion, having had a reformation and many wars over religion, to accept criticism of the Moslem religion. There is, however. a major problem in that religious Muslims believe that infidels (us) must discard our religion and submit fully to Allah, which is a different matter.

Canada is helped immeasurably by their geographic location. On three sides they have ocean – the Pacific, the Arctic, and the Atlantic – and you can’t get there easily unless you have a boat and crew. Their southern border with America, the world’s leading economy, has been a magnet for immigration rather than the reverse. At some times in their history they worried more about the volume of emigrants from Canada to the U.S. to such an extent that Canadians feared for the future of their country. Generally, the movement of people into Canada has been law abiding and orderly. Most arrivals come through the front door. Canadians have a high commitment to policing, and you could call their fifth border “bureaucratic”. Visitors have to apply in advance for a visa, and if they are coming from a place that has recently sent more than a certain number of asylum applicants (or vacation overstayers) they are not admitted. Canada has some of the world’s most restrictive visa rules. Most applicants from countries such as Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan and Syria are turned down. And since the U.S. is not considered a threat, claiming asylum in Canada doesn’t work.

Illegal aliens often demonstrate here, bearing signs that say things like “No human is illegal” but dictionaries explain that “Illegal” simply means not according to the law. An alien is a person who owes allegiance to a country other than this. The Left favors massive immigration because new immigrants are likely to vote Democrat, and they are happy to sign up illegals to vote, as in California where anyone can get a driver’s license, and along with the driver’s license, you register to vote. and then they have sanctuary cities and states as well.

Then you have the inflow of various categories of temporary tech workers, who are apparently cheaper to hire than our own tech graduates. Farm workers, exchange students, and some foreign students sent here to learn our technology to take back home again, and just plain old tourists who overstay. It’s a very complicated mess even without migrants clamoring at the border and climbing the walls.  The Center for Immigration Studies has told us that a wall would actually pay for itself in the reduced cost of welfare and emergency health care and policing that are involved with illegal immigration. So there you are.



How Will Trump Deal With The Migrant Caravans? by The Elephant's Child

With three or more “caravans” of migrants from Central America heading up the west coast of Mexico towards our southern border, there are lots of questions about immigration. President Trump wants to eliminate birthright citizenship for those who are not born to citizens.

A few years back, more than five but I can’t remember how many, a Russian oligarch arrived in New York harbor in his gigantic yacht, anchored and shortly rushed to a New York hospital so his mistress could have an American citizen baby. Somehow that just didn’t seem right.

This election has made it clear just why the Left is so determined to favor any and all illegal aliens who arrive, and want them to become citizens. The issue of vote fraud has been very clear in California, Florida and quite a few other states, with non-citizens illegally voting. For the current crop of Democrats, being in control is all important, and they are willing to go to any lengths to make sure they are.

Migrant family apprehensions in October are up 378 percent over last year. That’s before any caravan has reached the border. The Left has insisted on portraying the caravans as peaceful migrants, but a hundred migrants have disappeared from the march. Someone rolled a truck up, told the migrants they could get a free ride, and no one has seen them since. The kids can become a “family unit” for traffickers, the women cn go to a brothel and the men may end up as drug mules or in mass graves. Massive numbers do not necessarily promote safety.

So President Trump has sent troops to the border, wants to end “birthright citizenship”, wants to build a wall to make it harder for illegals to get in. What can he do? What are his legal powers? Dan Cadman at the Center For Immigration Studies has spelled out the President’s powers: The Background, The Use of the Military, the Enforcement Powers, The Use of Force, and Border Agent Force Multipliers and other Executive Powers of the President. He can close the border.  This is a very useful view of the President’s Executive Power. Do read the whole thing. It will serve you well, as Democrats start trying to eliminate ICE, (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) the border police, and change the nation’s laws because they want to assure their own power. This is a very troubling period.



Our Broken Immigration System by The Elephant's Child

Papers. As a native born American, I have to show my driver’s license or other picture ID when I go to the doctor, cash a check, enter the courthouse, or board a bus or a plane, and maybe even go through a metal detector. When Americans arrive back in this country from abroad, they have to have passports or birth certificates before being allowed to enter. How come unidentified people arriving at the border, or being apprehended having crossed the border illegally, are taken in and provided for until they can have a hearing and an immigration attorney or whatever. We are now trying to find suitable residences for those people and their children so that the children will not be ripped away from their mothers. Why are they not just turned away at the border and told they must go back to where they came from, and they cannot come in? Because we have a long, long wait list of people who have obeyed all the rules and applied correctly to come to America. The folks who have done it right may wait for years as the positions  among the one million immigrants that we accept each year are used up by the relatives of recent immigrants. Clearly there is something wrong with this system.

Nevertheless, there are people who are assumed to be rational who are demanding that we open our country’s borders to an increasing flow of unidentified people who may have little or no education, speak no English, have no particular skills and an unknown history. And this is assumed to be a correct and compassionate idea. Does no one recall that the need for papers and history is a matter of national security and there is a risk factor involved? If you point this out, you are called a racist. Seems like there’s some ordinary logic missing here.

ADDENDUM: So now the Democrats want to run on abolishing ICE, a federal agency, trying to protect American citizens from illegal aliens, illegal gang members, and ISIS, among others. Swell idea.




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