"How Do You Get to the Border?"

Hi Gang:
Earlier today, Californians for Population Stabilization posted my most recent commentary on their website.  In it I once again sought to go after the false impression that they have created that the only component of the immigration system that needs to be addressed to insure America’s safety is the securing of the border that is supposed to separate the United States from Mexico.  It is unfathomable that any political leader would make the issue of border security a “bargaining chip” for purposes of pushing Comprehensive Immigration Reform down our throats, but this is precisely what such “leaders” as Schumer, the other seven gangsters and the administration have actually done!
Furthermore, there is no immigration law enforcement of consequence from within the interior of the United States.  Applications for the DACA (Deferred Action- Childhood Arrivals)  aka the “DREAMERS” are being processed without so much as a face-to-face interview.  Yet we are told to only consider whether or not the southern border of the United States is secure.
For the record, that border is as secure as a sieve is water-tight!
The consequence is not simply that we wind up with lots of illegal aliens who want to mow our lawns, bag our groceries and wash dirty dishes in diners, but that transnational criminals and international terrorists have easy access to the United States.  The reality is that American workers are being displaced by illegal aliens and that the wages of all workers is being suppressed.
I have quoted Senator Sessions before but I would truly urge you to read what he had to say when he stood before his colleagues in the United States Senate shortly before they cast their votes on the legislative disaster known as S.744.
Here is the link to his statement as posted in The National Review Online:
He minced no words and made it crystal clear to everyone who and what We the People are up against!

Here is how Senator Sessions began his remarks as he stood before his colleagues in the United States Senate on June 27, 2013:

The bill before us rides here on a high ideal, but is nowhere close to what it promises. It is fatally flawed. If passed, it will not work.

This flawed bill did not come about because of inadvertence, chance, error, ignorance, or mistake. It came about as a direct result of the fact that the forces that shaped it all had goals that were important to them, but these goals are not coterminous with the interests of the nation as a whole. The Realpolitik Gang seemed fine with that. They openly reported for weeks that these interests were working through the legislation and their differences, and soon the Gang would have a bill that, having been blessed by the powerful interests they had invited to the meetings, would be delivered to the Senate for adoption.


Here are a few other important excerpts (but I would urge you to read his statement in its entirety):

You must know friends that, when the Gang of Eight said there was a delicate balance — a fragile agreement — they weren’t talking primarily about the agreement among themselves — that was secondary. They were referring to the special-interest forces that were in the room writing the bill. Those interests, those forces, had signed in blood. The Gang then signed in blood to fight off any serious ideas that would violate the secret pact.

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Oh, one more important thing. The money. There would be money to run campaign-like ads all over America to promote the bill, to promote senators, to protect senators. And, who knows, maybe to provide political contributions to those who vote right.

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The promises of an open and fair process have been as hollow as the promises that this bill is the toughest ever and will end the lawlessness in the future. It’s amnesty first and plainly lacks any mechanism, any commitment, to enforcement. Yes, money has been promised for the border in the distant future, but:

 The E-Verify workplace enforcement system is terribly flawed;

 The entry/exit visa is much weaker than current law;

 Interior enforcement is much weaker (I would encourage everyone to read the passionate letters of our federal and local law-enforcement officers, pleading with us not to pass this bill which they say will hurt enforcement and undermine national security);

 The method of processing those given legal status will not work;

 Far from having fines pay for the cost of the amnesty, it is a huge budget buster;

 The Obamacare provision means that it is thousands of dollars cheaper to hire RPI workers than citizens; earmarks have been added to attract votes.

In the middle of the preceding paragraph, Senator Sessions encourage everyone to read the passionate letters of law enforcement officers pleading with the members of the Senate to not pass S-744.  I am compelled to note that I was most recently called to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 20th of this year on the topic:
“Building an Immigration System Worthy of American Values”

Here is the link to my prepared testimony as it appears on the Senate Judiciary Committee website:
Here is the link that provides a video of the hearing as well as the prepared testimony of the witnesses: 

http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/hearings/hearing.cfm?id=4ae0f157daabd58f7f272bb3dd306743

Here is my prepared testimony for last week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing (I am providing it in two formats for your convenience):

   

At the conclusion of the hearing the witnesses were invited to provide closing statements.
Here is my closing statement in two formats to hopefully enable you to open them:

  

Several days after the hearing I was contacted by the Senate Judiciary Committee and was provided with questions that Senator Grassley wanted me to answer in conjunction with my appearance as a witness at that hearing.
Here are my responses:

   

The senators who voted for S.744 cannot lie about how they voted- it is public record.  They voted for a piece of legislative detritus that would have a profound negative impact on national security, community safety and the lives and livelihoods of American workers and their families.
They have gone on record and that record is a public one-  It is irrefutable!
Those who voted for S. 744 have made their loyalties and disloyalties crystal clear.  We are told about the jobs American won’t do.  I am hear to tell you about a job you and all Americans must do- review that list of senators who, by voting for S. 744 voted many American workers out of their jobs should, God forbid, the provisions of S.744 be enacted into law.   On the day that each and every one of those senators is up for election make certain that we return the “favor!”  They have demonstrated an abject disregard for the jobs Americans desperately need and want to be able to support themselves and their families- we should do no less for them!
There is another job We the People must do, reach out to our representatives in the House of Representatives and remind them about their oaths of office and obligations to live up to the lofty ideals as President Abraham Lincoln so eloquently noted in his Gettysburg Address when he spoke of our government as being “Of the people, by the people and for the people!” 
Immigration is not a single issue but a singular issue that impacts nearly every challenge and threat confronting the United States today!  

Our armed forces are charged with securing America’s borders externally while the DHS is supposed to secure those same borders from within.  The failures of the DHS to live up to its half of the equation are undermining the efforts, valor and incredible sacrifices of Americas men and women who serve in our military!The immigration laws are supposed to achieve two primary goals- to protect American lives and protect Americans’ jobs. 

Our nation 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 or other terrorist organizations!

It is also vital that American workers never be made to compete with foreign workers for their jobs!  (This requirement is a component of the Immigration Laws that are not being enforced today!)

If our government’s failures to secure our nation’s borders and effectively enforce our immigration laws that are intended to protect our nation and our citizens 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! 

I also ask that you pass this e-mail along to your friends and neighbors- I am attempting to create a “Bucket Brigade of Truth!”

We the People must 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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http://www.michaelcutler.net/

       

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How Do You Get to the Border?

There’s an old riddle that asks, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” The answer is simple—practice, practice, practice!

Last week, the debate that raged before the United States Senate voted on that legislative disaster, S. 744 (the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act) was whether the border should be secured before or after millions of illegal aliens were granted lawful status. It is inconceivable that any responsible political leader would consider supposed border security a bargaining chip in a political debate. Border security should be a given, especially as the United States faces the  threats posed by international terrorists and transnational gangs from the four corners of the earth.

America’s borders and immigration laws are supposed to prevent the entry of aliens whose presence would threaten the United States’ safety and security or put American jobs at risk.

The border security debate created the false illusion that America only has one border, the border that should separate the United States from Mexico. By that reasoning, there are only four “border states:” California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas.

The reality is far different. Today there are at least five million illegal aliens present in the United States who did not run our borders but were admitted through ports of entry. They did not get to the U.S. Border by traveling to Mexico in the hopes of and surviving encounters with the banditos and coyotes, rattlesnakes and scorpions. They did not worry about dying in the meteorological oven that is the desert to be found along sections of the border or drowning in the Rio Grande. They didn’t devise a strategy to evade the Border Patrol.

Some simply hopped on an airline flight that brought them to one of dozens of international airports found in virtually every state and answered a couple of cursory questions posed by a beleaguered CBP Inspector who is expected to keep the line of arriving foreign visitors moving. Because of the Visa Waiver Program, the great majority of alien nonimmigrant visitors don’t even apply for a visa.Today the citizens of some 37 countries are exempt  from the visa requirement. The list of exempt countries is growing continuously growing longer.

When aliens overstay their visas, no one looks for them- this is a game of “Hide and Seek” where the illegal aliens hide but DHS don’t seek, unless, it would seem, to provide illegal aliens with employment authorization.

There are also aliens who evade the inspections process by running the border between the United States and Canada. While the extreme economic pressures that exists along the U.S./Mexican border don’t exist along the norther border, aliens do, in fact, cross from the north. Nevertheless, there are precious few Border Patrol agents assigned to securing the northern border even though it is far longer than the souther border.

Finally, aliens also enter the United States by sea. America has 95,000 miles of coastline. Illegal aliens who take a boat to Puerto Rico and acquire false ID may be able to board a flight to the U.S. mainland. Crew members of ocean going vessels including cargo ships, tanker ships and ocean liners have historically jumped ship as have those who stow away on such vessels. Yet ICE rarely seeks to identify these illegal aliens and certainly S.744 would do nothing to provide mandates or resources to track them down.

There is no shortage of ways for an alien to enter the United States and violate the laws designed to protect us, yet those senators who voted for Comprehensive Immigration Reform lack the integrity to want this threat to national security and the well being of Americans effectively addressed.


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