American Elephants

Does A Nation Have A Right To Decide Who They Will Admit as Immigrants? by The Elephant's Child

Oh my, Hollywood has erupted in fury. President Trump is ending the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), an illegal program created by executive action by former president Barack Obama, in defiance of the United States Immigration Laws. Former president Obama has remained in Washington DC ostensibly to let their younger daughter finish school at Sidwell Friends, but clearly he wants to remain active in politics.

One of the most contentious subjects arises with immigration. Democrats believe that a larger percentage of immigrants will vote for Democrat candidates, so they are anxious to increase immigration to help them to control America. Many line up with George Soros’ Open Borders position. You have undoubtedly noticed that Democrats violently oppose a border wall, refuse to call illegal aliens ‘illegal’ and have worked to change the nomenclature to “undocumented immigrants.” Changing the language is a long time leftist tactic.

Obama had asked Congress to create a law allowing “childhood arrivals” to remain in the country. Congress refused. So in June 2012, Obama issued an executive order — overriding Congress —because he disagreed with the Congressional decision. The youngest “children” who were included in the program at age 15, are now 20. They are not children, but adults, and unvetted adults as well.  2,139 DACA recipients have already been convicted or accused of crimes against Americans. Obama issued an 800 word statement  high on emotion, low on common sense, suggesting that these are our “best and brightest”  because “they want to start new businesses, staff our lavs, serve in our military and otherwise contribute to the country we love.” As usual from Obama — flowery words with no facts whatsoever  behind them.  Angela Merkel opened the borders of Europe with a welcome to “refugees“.

Germany is making trouble again. This time it is not sending young men in uniform swarming across its borders to conquer Europe. Instead, it is using its position of economic dominance to cause young Muslim men from outside Europe to swarm across Europe’s borders. In World War II, Germany’s conquest of Europe and subsequent defeat left the continent in ruins. This time, however, Germany’s actions seem designed to bring about Europe’s destruction by inviting conquest rather than by initiating it.

Nations have a right to decide about immigrants. They have a duty to protect their workers and their citizens. So if we have to be nice to this crop of young illegal aliens, what about the next ones? We have something like 4.4 million people across the world who have applied legally to immigrate to America and become citizens. They are waiting patiently on a wait list. What about them? Every “amnesty” we allow suggests that those wanting in should just hang on a bit and we’ll do amnesty again.

Immigration is complicated, and our immigration program badly needs to be overhauled. Silicon Valley imports foreign workers because they can be paid less and more easily controlled. The American people favor a border wall, because walls work to keep illegal aliens out, if imperfectly. Building a wall does not mean prejudice against immigrants or foreign workers. Most Americans are happy to welcome people from other nations, but they want them to come legally, according to American law. “Sanctuary Cities” while pretending to be ‘nice’ turn out to be magnets for illegals, gangs, drug dealers and sex traffickers as well as potential terrorists.


Obama Criticizes Arizona Immigration Law While Ignoring Federal Incompetence. by The Elephant's Child

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has said that she will sign Arizona’s new illegal immigrant law.  Screams of “Racism,” “Unfair,” “Gestapo,” all the usual.  Governor Brewer said “We in Arizona have been more than patient, waiting for Washington to act.  Decades of inaction and misguided policy have created a dangerous and unacceptable situation.”

We do have immigration laws.  They govern the rights of someone to enter our country.  People who live or work  on the border between Arizona and Mexico feel that they are living in a war zone.  Rancher Robert Krentz was killed on his own property 35 miles outside the border town of Douglas, Arizona.   The family has been ranching in southern Arizona since 1907.  Krentz was gunned down on late March, by an illegal immigrant, while out  on his ATV tending fences on the family’s 34,000 acre ranch.

Smuggling, drugs and illegal immigration have become huge problems on the border.  Mexican drug cartels are literally at war.  Not all illegals are Mexican, and the nature of illegal immigrants is no longer simply poor Mexicans searching for a better opportunity.  The Arizona border gets the most illegals because of two sparsely monitored National Parks, but California gets the most border patrol agents.

Obama spoke out indignantly about “recent efforts in Arizona, which threaten to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans,” before heading out for a short vacation.  Basic notions of fairness? Beleaguered Arizonans simply want the immigration laws to be upheld.

Since the federal government chooses to ignore the law in hopes that more immigrants will vote Democrat,  the issue of “fairness” seems a little disingenuous.  What is it that sparks such outrage?  Police are authorized to ask anyone for identification if there is reason to suspect that they are illegal.  (Not including brown skin or Spanish language, ethnic profiling is not allowed).  I suspect that the new Arizona law conforms with the much ignored federal immigration  laws.

What Does It Mean to Be an American Citizen? by The Elephant's Child
March 17, 2010, 7:30 am
Filed under: Economy, Education, Law, Politics | Tags: , ,

Not long ago, I was getting my hair cut, and my hair-guy had just returned from a trip to Tucson, for a golf vacation.  His brother, a Tucson resident,  had told him about a local hospital advertising for affluent Mexican women to give birth in their hospital.  Posh surroundings, latest medical equipment, comfortable delivery.  The marketing materials don’t mention the big draw — automatic citizenship for the newborn.

Mexican families do the same thing at many U.S. hospitals, but Tucson Medical Center is the only one that advertises.  It is a practice that has been going on for years.  Some of the packages offered include a stay at a local resort and a shopping excursion. Affluent families want to give their children the best, and U.S. citizenship — including the right to live, work, or study in the U.S. is a nice extra.  Many children of such arrangements grow up in Mexico, but come to the U.S. as adults for schooling.

There is Korean birth tourism, where pregnant Korean women will come to the U.S. as tourists in order to ensure their babies were U.S. citizens.  Baggy overalls to hide their condition, a long visit, and a newly minted American citizen to take home.  Those who can cough up the $20,000 or so that it costs, are coming to the United States by the thousands.  Their reasons range from a desire to enroll their offspring in American schools to avoiding South Korean Military service.   The practice is also believed to be popular in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Consular officers are not allowed to turn down a visa applicant simply because she will soon give birth.

The Center for Immigration Studies has analyzed birth records:

  • In 2002, 23 percent of all births in the United States were to immigrant mothers (legal or illegal), compared to 15 percent in 1990, 9 percent in 1980, and 6 percent in 1970.
  • Our best estimate is that 383,000 or 42 percent of births to immigrants are to illegal alien mothers. Births to illegals now account for nearly one out of every 10 births in the United States.

And now, birth tourism is on the rise for Turkish parents. Tourism companies are starting to offer “birth tourism” packages to U.S. cities. According to Gürkan Boztepe, a tourism expert and media sources, 12,000 Turkish children have been born in the U.S. since 2003.

I don’t think this is quite what was intended by “a natural born citizen.” We have regulations about citizenship and naturalization that apparently need some clarification. I don’t think that cheaper tuition and avoiding military service were part of the intent.

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