Gaming the Immigration System

Hi Gang:
Here is my latest commentary for CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization).
While there are those who are quick to portray illegal aliens as being victims, few journalists and politicians are willing to discuss how the violations of our nation’s borders and immigration laws victimize our nation and our citizens.
Make no mistake about it, the reason that the vast majority of employers who intentionally hire illegal aliens do so in order to exploit them and reduce labor and other costs so that they can maximize their profits.  I understand the desire to maximize profits but not when it involves exploitation of vulnerable people and not when it costs Americans their jobs!
The news report upon which I focused for my commentary for CAPS illustrates the flip side of illegal immigration, how aliens are able to easily commit fraud and game the system.  This ability to game the system costs money and lives.  The terrorists who attacked our nation on September 11, 2001 all gamed the immigration and / or visa processes in order to enter our country and embed themselves in communities around our country.  Other terror suspects have similarly taken advantage of gaping holes in the system.
Not all aliens who make a mockery of our laws are terrorists however.  Criminals of all sorts also avail themselves of opportunities that our nation’s incompetence, ineptitude and lack of integrity provide them with.
The news report to which I refer focused on a woman who gamed the system for nearly a decade by (obviously) fraudulently claiming to have at least 20 children- all of whom having purportedly born on the same date!  If her claim was to be believed, could you imagine what the delivery room would have looked like when she gave birth?!
I have this image, in my mind’s eye, of the VolksWagen at the circus.  As calliope music plays in the background, a long parade of clowns emerges from that tiny car, to the gales of laughter of the audience!
There is, however, no humor to be found When the sort of incompetence we are considering enabled an illegal alien to game the system for nearly a decade!  it is additionally disturbing that this deceit went undiscovered  after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 which should have hammered home the importance of identifying and combatting fraud in all governmental systems in all agencies.
Perception becomes reality.  Today there is a perception that our government is stupendously inept.  That perception is, unfortunately largely justified.  This encourages and  emboldens individuals to game the system.  The consequence of this reverberates throughout our nation and, indeed, around the world.  We are as good as our reputation!  When that reputation convinces the world that the United States is conducting itself like the “Not Ready For Prime-Time Players” we truly have a crisis on our hands!
At a time when the threats posed by transnational gangs and international terrorists continue to increase across our nation, the effective enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws and the development of strategies to really secure our nation’s borders could not be more essential for the security of our nation and the wellbeing of our citizens!
Just as only a minuscule percentage of the number of law violators get caught (think of how rarely speeders get pulled over by police officers) it must be presumed that similar scams are being perpetrated by many other illegal aliens each day across this vast nation.  There is a listen being taught as a result of this- America is still the “Land of Opportunity!”  The opportunity to violate our borders, the opportunity to violate our immigration laws, and apparently the opportunity to violate other laws- all without fear of being discovered, arrested or punished! 
If you doubt this- think about the case we are discussing- an illegal alien became confident that she could send false tax returns to the IRS!  Clearly she became convinced that being an illegal alien in the United States is not a big deal!  Who could blame her?  Haven’t our political leaders including the President of the United States and members of his administration as well as members of Congress in both houses and from both political parties openly advocated placing unknown millions of illegal aliens on a pathway to United States citizenship?
Haven’t mayors and governors declared their cities and states to be “Sanctuaries” for illegal aliens?  Haven’t colleges provided illegal aliens with instate tuition?
If anything, being an illegal alien in the United States has, in many communities and especially in our nation’s Capitol something that provides a certain sense of entitlement!  I am surprised that the Norma Coronel, the woman who was ultimately arrested for her unbelievable crimes, did not scream about her right to “The American Dream!”
 It is time for 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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Gaming the Immigration System

There is a wonderful Yiddish term that has become a part of the American lexicon- that term is “Chutzpah!”

The classic example of chutzpah is the young man who kills both
parents and, upon conviction for his heinous crimes, pleads for mercy
because he is an orphan!

Today I will provide you with an example of chutzpah that is at least
comparable in audacity to that “orphaned” murderer.  It is the story
about a woman who is reportedly an illegal alien from Mexico who for
nearly a decade, received deductions for 20 nonexistent children she had
obtained Social Security Numbers for.

The report about this incredible case is entitled: “Woman Claims 19 Non-Existant Children on Tax Returns, Now Facing 143 Years in Prison

The amazing part of this story is that for nearly 10 years she
managed to swindle our government out of tens of thousands of dollars. 
What is also incredible is that the woman was not as shrewd as you might
think- she claimed that all of the 20 fictitious children were all born
on the same exact day- December 11, 2002!

To think people got excited about “Octomom!”

Here is an excerpt from that report:

A former Los Angeles resident was sentenced this
afternoon to 18 months in federal prison for filing fraudulent federal
income tax returns that claimed deductions for 20 non-existent children
who were supposedly all born on the same day.

Norma Coronel, 40, of Livermore, California, an undocumented
immigrant from Mexico, was sentenced today by United Stated District
Judge Manuel Real. In addition to the prison term, Judge Real ordered
Coronel to pay $302,186 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

Coronel pleaded guilty in September to three felony counts –
aiding and assisting in the preparation of fraudulent federal income tax
returns, fraudulently using Social Security numbers obtained with false
information, and theft of government property.

In my experience as an INS Special Agent, it was not uncommon to find
that illegal aliens used multiple false identities to enable them to
hide in plain sight as they gamed the system in every way imaginable and
in ways you might not be able to imagine!  The fact that this woman
could produce numerous false identities for numerous “children” she
claimed to have given birth to and to game the system where people she
knew or was related to is extremely disturbing.  Not only does this
demonstrate that the system was unable to detect this massive fraud
scheme for nearly ten years, but that this was done after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001!

Criminals and terrorists use false identities as a means of embedding
themselves in our country in communities from coast to coast and border
to border.  While certainly there is no mention and no apparent
suspicion that the defendant in this case, Norma Coronel, had any
involvement, whatsoever with terrorism, the point is that she was able
to create, at will, numerous fictitious identities and not just for
employment purposes but to game the federal tax system- the system you
would imagine would be among the most effective and efficient at
detecting fraud!

The soft underbelly of the United States can be found in the multiple
bureaucracies at the federal, state and local levels.  Every day these
agencies spend unknown billions of dollars providing benefits to people
who are not entitled to those benefits and enabling malevolent
individuals with ample opportunities to rob our government of
hard-earned tax payer dollars.

The notorious bank robber Willy Sutton was once asked why he robbed banks.  His laconic answer, “That’s where the money is!”

When Willy Sutton robbed a bank he ran the risk of getting shot. 
When individuals rob tax payer money they run the risk of prosecution
but it would appear that the odds are not with the house!  While the
headline blared that Coronel faced a possible 143 years in prison, she
was sentenced to just 18 months!

What is also interesting in the above noted case is that there was
absolutely no mention as to how Ms Coronel entered the United States in
the first place or how she was able to acquire a Social Security Number
for herself if she was illegally present in our country.

I have often made the point- and it is indeed a point worth
repeating, that you only get one opportunity to make a first
impression.  For most aliens the first impression that they have of our
country is created with how we enforce (or fail to enforce) our
immigration laws and secure our borders.  We have the entire world
convinced that if you run our borders and violate our immigration laws,
you can not only expect to get away with it- you should expect to be
rewarded for it!  This is the message that is delivered nearly daily by
none other than the President of the United States, many members of
Congress and a number of the present GOP candidates for the Presidency. 
This is the message that is delivered by those governors and mayors who
clearly state that they want to place illegal aliens on a pathway to
United States citizenship.  This is the message that is delivered when
political “leaders” call for implementing the DREAM Act.  This is the
message when they declare their cities to be “Sanctuary Cities” and that
they won’t even notify ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) when
illegal aliens are released from prison!

The City of Los Angeles enacted Rule 40 that prohibited police
officers from notifying immigration authorities about illegal aliens and
the State of California has made it clear that illegal aliens are
welcome!  Clearly Norma Coronel accepted the invitation that was
provided to illegal aliens by the City of Los Angeles and the State of
California to “Come on down!”

My dad used to say that we teach people how they should treat us by
demonstrating what we would accept.  Today our nation encourages illegal
aliens to violate our borders and our laws and only a fool could be
surprised at the consequences this may lead to.

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