"Administrationâ??s Creation of Public Advocate Position Undermines American Citizens and Mo cks Lawful Immigrants"

Hi Gang:
Today my commentary for CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization) addresses the incredible decision to create a position within the administration that addresses the concerns of alien, including illegal aliens and has elevated their concerns by referring to them as “stakeholders!”
It is important to make certain that there is no misunderstanding in what I am saying- this is not about vilifying immigrants but about drawing a clear distinction between lawful immigrants and illegal aliens.  As I have noted on ever so many instances in the past, the difference between an immigrant and an illegal alien is comparable to the difference between a houseguest and a burglar!
Anyone who stands accused of violating our laws should be treated fairly and in accordance with important standards.  There are already laws and bureacratic mechanisms in place to address these concerns.  This is not to be disputed, but the tone of the press release issued by the administration and the fact that illegal aliens are being referred to as “stakeholders” imbues them with a sort of quasi-legal status and must, undoubtedly create an expectation of entitlement on the part of aliens whose presence in our country represents a violation of our laws.  The goals of the new initiative is, in my judgement, sugar coated to create the illusion of reasonableness.  To illustrate this point, let us consider an excerpt from the ICE news release:

In his new role as Public Advocate, Lorenzen-Strait will report directly to ERO Director Gary Mead and will be responsible for:

  • Assisting individuals and community stakeholders in addressing and
    resolving complaints and concerns in accordance with agency policies
    and operations, particularly concerns related to ICE enforcement actions
    involving U.S. citizens;
  • Informing stakeholders on ERO policies, programs and initiatives, and enhance understanding of ERO’s mission and core values;
  • Engaging stakeholders and building partnerships to facilitate
    communication, foster collaboration and solicit input on immigration
    enforcement initiatives and operations; and
  • Advising ICE leadership on stakeholder findings, concerns,
    recommendations and priorities as they relate to improving immigration
    enforcement efforts and activities.

The creation of the Public Advocate position is another milestone is
ICE’s ongoing work to enact significant policy changes and improvements
to focus the agency’s immigration enforcement resources on sensible
priorities that promote public safety, border security and the integrity
of the immigration system. In addition to implementing policies and
processes that ensure discretion is used in deciding the types of
individuals ICE prioritizes for removal from the country, the agency has
also embarked upon a long-term detention reform initiative. These
reform efforts are focused on prioritizing the health and safety of
detainees in our custody while increasing federal oversight and
improving the conditions of confinement within the detention system.

In discussing the first of the four listed areas of responsibility- the concerns related to ICE enforcement activities involving U.S. citizens can be interpreter in a number of ways, but first and foremost, my concern is that illegal aliens who are subject to deportation may find that if they have a connection with citizens of the United States that this may cause this administration to enforce the immigration laws.  This is not a baseless concern when you consider how often the chain of command at the DHS has issued statements about how certain aliens would not be removed if they would have been provided with authority to remain in the United States if the DREAM Act or other such legislation had been enacted! This is truly a wrong-headed approach, to discuss what would have been done if a piece of legislation would have passed when, in the real world, the legislation failed to pass the legislative process!  It is beyond belief that policies would be promulgated that are based on failed legislation- yet this has been the approach of this administration.
I am also concerned that the paragraph below the four areas of responsibility notes:
“The creation of the Public Advocate position is another milestone is ICE’s ongoing work to enact significant policy changes and improvements to focus the agency’s immigration enforcement resources on sensible priorities that promote public safety, border security and the integrity of the immigration system.  In addition to implementing policies and processes that ensure discretion is used in deciding the types of individuals ICE prioritizes for removal from the country…”

Again, we see where policies are established that have the force of law when, in fact, there are no laws that justify such policies! 
Certainly all law enforcement activities should involved the prioritization of those whose actions should become the focus of the law enforcement agency that enforces those laws and prosecutorial discretion is a valuable tool, however, when our nation has arguably tens of millions of illegal aliens in our country and there is no quick or reliable way of knowing the true identities of these aliens and consequently, no way of knowing anything about their backgrounds in their home countries or in other countries or their potential affiliation with criminal or terrorist organizations, these aliens present a serious problem to community safety and national security.  Additionally, with so many Americans suffering the affects of long-term unemployment, the fastest way of getting these United States citizens and lawful immigrants back to work as quickly as possible is to remove illegal aliens from the workforce and not providing illegal aliens with employment authorization which makes them equally entitled to work in the United States even as lawful immigrants and law abiding United States citizens are losing their homes to foreclosure and are losing their thins sliver of the American Dream that membership in the dwindling Middle Class represents.
Again I am compelled to make the point that while the politicians for all sorts of elected positions head out to attempt to woe voters, they promise to create jobs, but just about none of them discuss how it would make even more sense to liberate jobs by making certain that immigration laws are effectively enforced.  Creating jobs can take an investment of time and money as factoring and other manufacturing facilities are funded, designed and built, while jobs that are liberated can be taken as quickly as illegal aliens are removed from the workplace!  This requires no expenditure of money and there is no lag time, whatsoever!  All that this would take is the political will to get the job done!  
If the Obama administration wants to create jobs for Americans he should work with Congress to have money appropriated to hire more enforcement personnel for ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and more attorneys and Immigration Judges to speed the process by which illegal aliens are removed from the workplace and send a clear and unequivocal message to aspiring illegal aliens across this planet- if you come to the United States illegally or if you enter via the lawful process with the intentions of working illegally once you gain entry, you will be sought and if found, arrested.  This would go a long way to discourage the continuing influx of illegal aliens into the United States.  Today, with our porous borders and with an absolute dearth of enforcement personnel and political will to enforce the immigration laws, illegal aliens are more likely to purchase a winning lottery ticket than they are to be arrested and deported for their violations of our borders and our immigration laws!
As for the costs associated with hiring enforcement personnel and others to enforce the immigration laws and seek the removal (deportation) of aliens who are illegally present in the United States- these costs would be more than offset by getting Americans back to work and off of unemployment benefits and various subsidies.  Additionally, each year tens of billions of dollars are being wired from the United States to the countries that send us their citizens who work in the United States.  Still more money is moved in more covert fashions.  This is why the leaders of so many foreign countries ranging from Mexico to Ireland to India want their citizens to be able to freely enter the United States and take jobs and send as much of their paychecks back home!
(This also includes aliens doing the “hi-tech” work such as engineers and computer programmers!)
On January 9, 2012 I was a guest on Neil Cavuto’s program on the Fox Business Network.  Neil and I got into a discussion about how the President was apparently attempting to protect his base- an issue that I disagreed with since I don’t accept the premise that Latino Americans don’t really want open borders.  Finally I noted that just as we, as Americans, say a pledge of allegiance to the American Flag, perhaps the time had come for politicians say a pledge of allegiance to the citizens they were elected to represent.

Obama Using Immigration to Bolster 2012 Campaign?

Michael Cutler, retired
INS Senior Special Agent, weighs in on the Obama Administration’s recent
tangle with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Here is a link to the transcript of that discussion:
Here is a link to the video of that discussion:
It is absolutely impossible to comprehend how, given all of these facts, that there is even a debate about whether or not our borders should be secured and our immigration laws be enforced in such a way as to deprive terrorists the opportunity to enter our country and embed themselves in our country.

It is similarly impossible to comprehend why there is any controversy to be found in enforcing immigration laws to make certain that Americans are able to be provided with jobs at a time of record levels of unemployment and at a time of record levels of foreclosures on American homes!

Show me a politician who refuses to enforce the immigration laws or attempts to trivialize these laws, and I will show you a politician who needs to find out what it is like to stand on the unemployment line!

Benjamin Franklin, in discussing our then fledgeling nation, said that they had given us a republic if we could keep it!


What he was making clear was that this democratic republic required that its citizens take their citizenship seriously and keep the political leaders accountable.

It is time for the citizens of our nation to make certain that our nation’s leaders, on all levels, to come to terms with the fundamental fact that the purpose of our immigration laws is to protect our nation and our citizens from aliens whose presence has the potential to have a serious adverse impact.  Ignoring those laws exposes our nation and our citizens to a variety of serious threats and challenges ranging from national security and criminal justice and public safety to the economy, the environment, healthcare and education!

A country without secure borders can no more stand than can a house without walls!

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our country is to survive and if our children and their children are to get their share of the “American Dream” the citizens of this nation must take their citizenship seriously!

We the People must be the best citizens we can be, citizens who are worthy of the gallantry demonstrated by our valiant men and women in the military, law enforcement and firefighters, who routinely go in harm’s way in defense of this nation and our citizens.  
My goal in writing this and other commentaries is to point out our nations many failings before more victims pay the ultimate price for the incompetence and ineptitude of our government.
The first step in problem-solving is to first identify the problems and vulnerabilities and then devise strategies to overcome them.

If you find yourself to be in agreement with this commentary, I ask that you forward it to as many of your friends and family members as possible and encourage them to do the same.  We need to create a “Bucket Brigade of Truth!”

The practice of good citizenship does not end in the voting booth, it only begins there.

For far too long our citizens demonstrated apathy which emboldened elected representatives to all but ignore the needs of the average American citizen in a quest for massive campaign funds and the promises of votes to be ostensibly delivered by special interest groups. 

It is therefore understandable that the politicians of both parties, are greatly concerned about the demonstrations currently sweeping our nation just as did the creation of the Tea Party.  Clearly  more and more of our fellow Americans are demonstrating that they are not as dumb as the politicians from both parties had expected us to be!

I am encouraged that more and more of us, We the People, are not willing to simply sit on the sidelines anymore!


I believe our nation’s is greatly benefited by the rich diversity of our people which is why I could never imagine living anywhere except New York City, arguably the most diverse city in our nation if not, in fact, the world.  However, my idea of diversity most certainly does not include members of MS-13, the Mexican drug cartels or members of other transnational gangs or members of al-Qaeda!

I also believe that the original purpose of our nation’s immigration laws need to be be brought “front and center” to make certain that our nation does not permit the entry of aliens into our country whose presence in our country is problematic for the citizens of our nation and that if such aliens do succeed in entering our country that our nation have the resources, integrity and dedication to do everything possible to make it impossible for such aliens to function within our country so that even if they are not apprehended, they will find it pointless to remain in the United States.
As I have noted on a number of occasions, “No one would break into the amusement park if they could not get to go on the rides and no one remains in the amusement park at the end of the day when they turn shut down the rides and turn off the lights!” 

If our government’s failures to secure our nation’s borders and effectively enforce our immigration laws concerns you or especially if it angers you, I ask you to call your Senators and Congressional “Representative. This is not only your right- it is your obligation! 

All I ask is that you make it clear to our politicians that we are not as dumb as they hope we are!

We live in a perilous world and in a perilous era. The survival of our nation and the lives of our citizens hang in the balance.

This is neither a Conservative issue, nor is it a Liberal issue- simply stated, this is most certainly an AMERICAN issue!

You are either part of the solution or you are a part of the problem!

Democracy is not a spectator sport!

Lead, follow or get out of the way!


-michael cutler- 

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Administration’s Creation of Public Advocate Position Undermines American Citizens and Mocks Lawful Immigrants

On February 7, 2012, the Obama administration announced
that it had created the position of a “Public Advocate” for illegal
aliens who are described as “stakeholders!”  Not surprisingly this
action has been decried by several important leaders in Washington: 
Rep. Lamar Smith, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Steve
King a current member of the House Immigration Subcommittee and former
Ranking Member of that subcommittee have decried this as has the
president of the National Border Patrol Council, Shawn Moran, whose
organization represents the estimated 17,000 members of the United
States Border Patrol.

On February 8, 2012 the Washington Times published an article entitled: Border Patrol union decries hiring of immigrant ‘public advocate’

As you might anticipate, I share their consternation at this latest,
of a long list of other assaults, on the immigration system that is
supposed to enforce and administer our nation’s immigration laws. 
Before we go any further, I want you understand just how important those
immigration laws are.  I believe that this is important because if you
listen to the President, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano
and a laundry list of politicians from both political parties in
Washington and on the local level in many cities and states, you would
likely think that immigration laws are a mere formality and an
impediment to the flow of people into the United States who are
essential to the profit of our companies and the expansion of our
faltering economy.

I hope to dispel those myths in short order.

Our immigration laws were promulgated to protect our nation and our
citizens from a wide array of aliens whose presence in our country would
be harmful or even dangerous.  Simply stated, the goal of these laws is
to protect American lives and American jobs.  Each year our nation
admits more than 1.1 million lawful immigrants who, on the day that they
are admitted are immediately placed on a pathway to United States
citizenship.  This is a level of lawful immigration that eclipses any
other nation on the face of the planet- and this “lawful” system is
beset by fraud that permeates the system and goes unchecked.

“Immigration Anarchists” insist that illegal aliens are doing the
work Americans won’t do.  Meanwhile, each and every day, Americans who
are fortunate enough to have jobs, trudge off to work in coal mines,
steel foundries, construction sites and other places where the work they
do is dangerous, filthy and back-breaking.  My dad was one of those
hard working construction workers who helped to build this country back
then and those tradesmen of the construction industries continue to
build this country to this very day!  They embody the “Can-do spirit”
that was seen as the embodiment of the American work ethic where no
challenge was too great!

Some time ago when Doris Meissner was the Commissioner of the old INS
(Immigration and Naturalization Service) and I was an INS Special
Agent, Doris repeated told us that we needed to be “customer oriented.” 
I actually agreed that we needed to be customer oriented; however, we
disagreed as to who the “customer” was!  She thought that our customers
were illegal aliens and, believe it or not, I naively thought that our
customers were the citizens of the United States.  (Wasn’t that what
President Abraham Lincoln had in mind when he so eloquently said that
ours was a government “of the people, by the people and for the
people?”)

Now the Obama administration is focused on addressing the concerns of
illegal aliens and is providing a public advocate, at public expense,
declaring these illegal aliens to be “stakeholders” while his
administration goes after states that dare to promulgate and enforce
their own immigration laws that parallel federal immigration laws that
the federal government refuses to enforce.  Any such state, can, in
fact, expect a visit from Attorney General Holder or at least one of his
attorneys in conjunction with a lawsuit!  When did American citizens
stop being “stakeholders” where the effective enforcement of our
immigration laws is concerned?

The President and member of Congress, on both sides of the political
aisle, have openly advocated that illegal aliens who violate the
inspections process and immigration laws that are intended to protect
our nation should be granted a pathway to United States citizenship! 
Does this not undermine the lawful immigration system and make a mockery
of it?

If so much concern is being espoused by the President of the United
States to provide all sorts of benefits to illegal aliens, why should
any foreign national seek to enter the United States legally?  What is
the point to having a legal pathway to entry into our country and a
legal mechanism to provide aliens who seek to immigrate to the United
States when illegal aliens are likely to be treated as well, if not
better, than aliens who abide by our nation’s laws?

The President, many politicians and many of the “talking head”
political pundits are quick to talk about the “Hispanic Vote” and how
the only way to win that vote is to provide pathways to citizenship for
illegal aliens, as though Americans of Hispanic origins favor
lawlessness!  What an insult to our fellow Americans!  If you want to
talk about profiling and bigotry, this is about as bad as it gets!

Why on earth would any American, of any race, religion or ethnicity
want to see lawless conduct rewarded?  Not only is this an affront to
their morals but an affront to their intelligence!

Every alien who is provided with employment authorization represents a
competitor for an American job, which so many Americans desperately
need to support themselves and prevent their homes from being lost to
foreclosure!  In point of fact, American minorities are the most likely
to lose their jobs to aliens!  The most likely victims of transnational
gang members are, in fact the members of America’s immigrant
communities!

These assertions about the way to win the mythical “Hispanic vote” is
as false as are the claims that Americans come in two categories-
Americans who are too lazy to do the hard, physically demanding jobs and
too stupid to do the “hi-tech” jobs!

Title 8, United States Code, Section 1324,
is contained within the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), that in
part, deems it a felony to aid, abet, encourage or induce aliens to
enter our country illegally or remain in our country illegally.

Consider this excerpt from that section of law:

(iii) knowing or in reckless
disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in
the United States in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields
from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from
detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means
of transportation;

(iv) encourages or induces an alien
to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in
reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence
is or will be in violation of law…

Certainly any person in our country who is subject to arrest should
be treated appropriately and fairly, however, the time has come for our
government to recognize its obligations to the citizens of the United
States.  The divisive rhetorical and assertions by our “leaders” and
supposed journalists must end and be replaced by an understanding that
immigration laws are among the most essential for the protection of our
nation and our citizens.  The fact that states that seek to enforce
immigration laws get sued by the federal government while states that
show open contempt for these vital immigration laws and create
“sanctuary” policies that clearly violate the above-noted law
nevertheless, face no consequences for obstructing the enforcement of
these law turns logic and reason on its head, and this must, for once
and for all stop- for the good of America and for the good of all Americans!

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