"Border Spillover Violence is a National Reality"

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I was contacted by Fox News Latino for my perspectives on the wounding of a woman this past Tuesday, February 21st who was pushing a stroller in downtown El Paso, Texas when she was struck by a bullet that had apparently been fired in Mexico during a gunfight.  My Op-Ed concerning that incident is attached below.


Here is a link to the Fox News account of the incident:

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/02/22/mexico-bullet-strikes-woman-in-texas/

That report began with the following excerpt:

Cross-border violence has taken on a whole new meaning.

On Tuesday, a woman who was shopping in El Paso, Texas became the
first person to be struck by bullets that flew across the border from
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

The woman, who is 48 and was pushing a stroller on a busy downtown EL
Paso street when the bullets flew over, was hit in the calf and
wounded, authorities said.

Her name has not been released.

Gregg Allen, El Paso’s chief of police, said the wound was caused by a
“full metal jacket hard-nosed bullet” like those used in assault
rifles. She was struck at the same time Juarez police were battling
alleged carjackers a few hundred feet from the U.S. border. Allen said
reports indicate up to 50 shots were fired in that gunfight.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was treated and released.



What is astonishing is how the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano is unable or, perhaps, unwilling to deal with just how serious the situation is- not only in Mexico but in the United States as well.  The first step in problem-solving is to acknowledge that there is a problem in the first place!

On November 10, 2011 I wrote a commentary for CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization) that was entitled, “Victims of Illegal Immigration.”  Here is a link to my article:


The point is that a number of the millions of illegal aliens who enter our country each year are criminals who ply their “trades” in our nation- often killing or injuring people living in the United States- both citizens and aliens alike!

While Ms Napolitano downplays the violence spilling across our borders, she conveniently ignores how a United States Border Patrol Agent, Brian Terry was gunned down by smugglers who were wielding a gun that was put in the hands of the Mexican drug cartels under the aegis of the ATF screw-up known as “Operation Fast and Furious!”

She also seems to have forgotten about rancher Rob Krenz who was shot in the back by apparent smugglers who trespassed on Mr. Krenz’s property!

The late radio talk show host, Terry Anderson- a man I was proud to consider a friend, often said, “If you ain’t mad, you ain’t paying attention!”

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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Michael W. Cutler: Border Spillover Violence is a National Reality

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    (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte) (AP2011)

Headlines were made Tuesday, February 21st when a 48 year old
woman pushing her baby’s stroller in downtown El Paso, Texas was struck
in the leg by a bullet that was apparently fired in Ciudad Juárez,
arguably one of  the most violent cities in the Western Hemisphere. Some
described this random occurrence as the first time violence has flowed
across our border.

But this is not the first time a bullet has flown across the border
into El Paso. On June 30, 2010 the El Paso Times published a news report
that was entitled, “Shots apparently fired from Juárez pelt City Hall, enter office.

The issue of violence spilling across our nation’s borders is far greater than either of these two isolated incidents, however.

In recent years Phoenix, Arizona has witnessed a surge in the number
of kidnappings and home invasions, primarily within the immigrant
community that have been, for the most part, linked to the Mexican drug
trade and to human smuggling.  Such crimes prompted state officials to
promulgate their own immigration laws, including SB 1070, that resulted
in a lawsuit being filed by the United States Department of Justice in
an effort to prevent law enforcement officials in Arizona from enforcing
immigration laws that the federal government has failed to enforce on
the national level.

For years a myth has been propagated that America only has four border states:   California, New Mexico,
Arizona and Texas.  In fact, during one of the early GOP Presidential
debate of the current campaign, former Utah Governor and then candidate Jon Huntsman
answered a question about immigration by beginning his response by
saying, that as President, he would meet with the governors of the four
border states.

‘Narco Tanks’ Added to Drug Cartel Arsenal

What is almost always ignored is that the U.S. shares its northern border with Canada
that is nearly twice as long as is our southern border.  Additionally,
our nation has an estimated 95,000 miles of coastal region with numerous
bustling seaports and numerous international airports through which
millions of people, including foreign nationals (aliens) enter our
country each  year, along with a wide variety of cargo from virtually
every country on this planet.

Any state that has a seaport or an international airport must be considered a border state.

It is estimated that there are more than 5 million people currently
present illegally in the United States who did not run our nation’s
borders but were admitted into the United States through ports of entry,
including international airports, and who have overstayed their
authorized period of admission or otherwise violated the terms of their
admission into our country.  In point of fact, the terrorists who so
savagely attacked our nation on September 11, 2001 entered the United
States through international airports.

Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano,
who often repeats the mantra that our borders are secure, was quoted on
Tuesday, February 21st as saying that the United States does not suffer
from “spillover violence” from Mexico.  Yet on previous occasions, she
has stated that members of the extremely violent Mexican drug cartels
are present in cities across this vast nation, while additional
transnational gangs from the four corners of our planet have also
established a significant presence.

Many crimes in the United States is directly or indirectly linked to
drug trafficking and drug use. Most of the illicit drugs are smuggled
into the U.S.  Narcotics certainly flow into our country across the
Mexican border- but tons of narcotics also enter our nation each and
every day on board ships and in the cargo holds of airliners, bringing
with it the destruction of the lives of those addicted to those poisons
and the destruction of the lives of those who fall victim to the crimes
associated with the trafficking and use of those drugs.

I would love to know Ms. Napolitano’s definition of the term “Secure!”

Catapult Used to Fling Drugs Across Border

In the late 1980’s to early 1990’s, when I was assigned to the
Unified Intelligence Division of the New York Field Office of the DEA in
NYC, I conducted an analysis of the individuals who were being arrested
by the DEA and the DEA Task Force in NYC and found that some 60% of the
defendants who were arrested for drug-related crimes were identified as
“foreign born.”  For decades, our nation has been suffering from a
flood of foreign criminals and narcotics that inundate our nation every
day. The proceeds from the drug trade enrich the coffers of drug
trafficking organizations and terrorist organizations to the tune of
tens of billions of dollars each and every year.

It is extremely fortunate that the woman who was struck by that
bullet on Tuesday did not suffer a serious injury- but she was hardly
the first person in the United States to suffer from violence in Mexico
and tragically, she won’t be the last.

Michael W. Cutler, Senior Special Agent, INS (Ret.)  Mr. Cutler’s
career spanned some 30 years.  He provided testimony to the 9/11
Commission and has testified before some 15 Congressional hearings as
well as numerous state legislative hearings on the nexus between
immigration and national security and other critical challenges
confronting our nation.

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