"Immigration â?? No Questions Asked!"

The immigration issue is more than a single issue- it is a major factor in nearly every challenge and threat that confronts America and Americans.
It is impossible to comprehend that there should even be a debate about the need to secure the borders of the United States and enforce and administer the immigration laws when you realize that the reason for the immigration laws is simply to protect lives and the jobs of American and lawful immigrant workers.
How on earth could those goals be controversial?
Today my commentary is predicated on my most recently posted article that appears on the CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization Website) which can be found at www.capsweb.org.  The commentary focuses on the true importance of the inspections process by which aliens are admitted into the United States and the inherent dangers posed by aliens who circumvent that process but are now being rewarded for their violations of this process by the DHS under the orders issued by President Obama who has justified this lunacy as being a matter of ‘Prosecutorial Discretion.”
The point to the inspections is not the mere formality that the open border advocates would have you believe it is.  Customs and Border Protection Inspectors are not the equivalent of toll collectors at bridges, tunnels and toll roads.   These inspectors need to be seen for what they are, a component of national security and an adjunct to the work done by our valiant members of the Armed Forces.  

That was why last year I wrote a commentary for CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization) about the issue of the nexus between the mission of border security, immigration law enforcement and our military:
The inspections process that these inspectors conduct and that all aliens who seek to enter the United States must be subject to, is supposed to prevent the entry of aliens into the United States whose presence would be problematic.  
I am intimately familiar with the inspections process, for the first four years of my career with the INS, I was an Immigration Inspector and was assigned to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. 
The inspections process is absolutely essential even if it is, in my judgement, too perfunctory, especially given the fact that the Visa Waiver Program enables the majority of nonimmigrant alien visitors to enter the United States without first applying for and securing a visa.  Today some 36 countries participate in the Visa Waiver Program and, if I had a “magic wand” I would eliminate the Visa Waiver Program altogether because it removes and important layer of security and other benefits that an effectively administered visa program could provide.
In fact, the 9/11 Commission was highly critical about how visas had been issued prior to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
It must be presumed that when an alien seeks to enter the United States by violating the inspections process that he (she) does so because he would be excludible for one or more reasons defined by the immigration laws. 
The reason may be as mundane as an alien who simply wants a job- still a violation of law and one that creates unfair competition of American workers.  The reason may, however be far more sinister- the alien in question may be a fugitive from justice in another country where committed heinous violent crimes and is seeking to evade law enforcement authorities in his home country, is a member of a transnational criminal organization such as the Mexican drug cartels or other such criminal organization or may be a member of a terrorist organization seeking to enter the United States to commit crimes in support of terrorism or even carry out a terrorist attack in the United States.
No one can argue that these are serious issues possibilities indeed.
Yet today the immigration issue has evolved into one of the most controversial and contentious issues- largely because of false perceptions created by those who stand to make lots of money and garner political influence and power.
Now that the elections are over and President Obama has been reelected, the pundits and politicians are saying that in order to capture the “Latino Vote” somehow rewarding millions of illegal aliens who cannot or, perhaps more accurately, for a number of reasons,  provide documentation to attest to their true identities, with lawful status under what names they claim relate to them, will convince Americans of Latino ethnicity to vote for them.
The most likely victims of crimes carried out by transnational criminals and gang members are the members of the various ethnic immigrant communities.
The American workers who are most likely to be displaced in the workforce by illegal aliens are members of American minority communities. 
Any massive amnesty program, such as the current alleged use of “Prosecutorial Discretion” by DHS at the behest of President Obama actually provides illegal aliens with the golden opportunity to circumvent the inspections process and acquire the authority to work in the United States under names that may not relate to them.  This is the sort of situation that is, even as you read this, creating a national security nightmare for the United States.
Fox News Latino provided me with the opportunity to write a couple of commentaries for their website that addressed my concerns about the administration’s policies concerning immigration.


The first was published by Fox News Latino on June 17, 2012:
The second was published on July 28, 2012:




Here is another hearing on an immigration issue at which I testified on the nexus between an aspect of immigration and terrorism. This hearing was conducted before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on International Relations on May 11, 2006 on the topic
VISA OVERSTAYS:
CAN WE BAR THE TERRORIST DOOR?

Here is the link to the transcript of this hearing:

On July 27, 2006 I testified before the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims at a hearing that was entitled:

WHETHER THE ATTEMPTED IMPLEMENTATION OF THE REID-KENNEDY IMMIGRATION BILL WILL RESULT IN AN ADMINISTRATIVE AND NATIONAL SECURITY NIGHTMARE

Here is a link to the transcript of that hearing, in its entirety:

http://commdocs.house.gov/committees/judiciary/hju30548.000/hju30548_0f.htm

Here is a link to a video of a segment of my remarks at that hearing:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4127670560538123883&ei=FlKLSq-4LYLrlQentKnDCw&q=michael+cutle&hl=en&client=firefox-a

Clearly the issue of sleeper agents is not new, yet by not enforcing our nation’s immigration laws and not securing our nation’s borders, our government has, in my judgement, increased our nation’s vulnerability exponentially and all the while we have been assured by both the Bush administration as well as the current administration that our borders are secure!

Immigration is not a single issue but a singular issue that impacts nearly every challenge and threat confronting the United States today!

If our government’s failures to protect American jobs by securing our nation’s borders and effectively enforcing 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!

If you like this commentary, kindly forward it to as many folks as you can and ask them to do the same- I am attempting to create a “Bucket Brigade of Truth!”

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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Immigration — No Questions Asked!

Immigration is one of the most hotly debated issues in America today.  However, most of the debates are not being held in the public media but among Americans.  The media, for a number of reasons, is extremely reluctant to hold debates or even conduct an honest discussion about the ramifications of the ways our immigration laws are enforced or fail to be enforced.

Going back to the administration of President Jimmy Carter, efforts have been made to strike the term “Illegal Alien” from the vernacular.  That term is a legal term that defines an alien as being any person not a citizen or national of the United States.  That term doesn’t insult anyone- it provides clarity about immigration.  The apparent goal was to obfuscate the true importance of the immigration laws.  Simply stated, our immigration laws were enacted to accomplish two vital and fundamental goals, to protect American lives and protect the jobs of American workers.

When the immigration anarchists make light of the distinction between aliens who have been lawfully admitted into the United States and those aliens who have evaded the inspections process and ran our nation’s borders, it is obvious that they are failing to acknowledge the importance of the inspections process that aliens are supposed to  undergo before they can be admitted into the United States.

Title 8, United States Code, Section 1182 enumerates the various categories of aliens who are to be excluded from the United States. A review of those categories makes the intention and importance of our immigration laws, our borders and the inspections process crystal clear. Among the classes of aliens who are supposed to be excluded from the United States are those who suffer from dangerous communicable diseases and aliens who suffer extreme mental illness and are prone to violence or are sex offenders (rapists and pedophiles).  Additional categories of excludible aliens include convicted felons, drug traffickers, human traffickers, money launderers, human rights  violators, war criminals, terrorists and spies.  Finally, aliens who would seek to work illegally or become public charges are also supposed to be kept out of the United States.

I began my career with the INS as an Immigration Inspector at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.  I spent approximately four years in this position before I became an INS Criminal Investigator / Special Agent and am intimately familiar with the inspections process.  While far from perfect, we could spend hours discussing how this vital process could be better conducted to improve national security and other areas of extreme importance to the United States, nevertheless, the inspections process is not inconsequential!  Today the CBP (Customs and Border Protection) is responsible for securing America’s borders and conducting those inspections.

Part of that process requires the inspector to review the passport and other documents of the alien seeking entry into the United States, reviewing databases to check for information concerning aliens who are to be excluded from the United States because they have criminal histories, were previously deported or pose a threat to national security.

Another part of the inspections process requires that the CBP Inspector to ask relevant questions of the arriving alien.  (This is not unlike the homeowner asking a stranger who knocks on his door, “Who’s there, what do you want?”)

Aliens who run the borders are not inspected.  No record of their entry is created.  Their fingerprints are not taken.  They are not asked any questions.

It is presumed that they entered the United States surreptitiously because they belong to one or more classes of aliens who, under the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act, should be kept from entering the United States.

I often engage in public speaking events where I discuss various aspects of the immigration crisis that confronts the United States today.  During one such presentation I was confronted by a member of the audience who expressed hostility towards my position, asking why I was so opposed to foreign nationals entering the United States.

I explained that I did not want to prevent all foreign visitors from entering the United States only those who would run our borders or violate our laws.  To make my point I told her that the United States spends billions of dollars each year to conduct the inspections program at ports of entry.  The DHS maintains inspections facilities, staffs those facilities with personnel, maintains computers and does other things consistent with that important mission.  I asked her if she would feel secure if, in order to save money, the federal government stopped conducting the inspections process at ports of entry so that airliners arriving from foreign countries would simply pull into gates next to flights arriving from domestic airports in the United States, permitting the passengers arriving from overseas to simply gather up their suitcases and other belongings and head for destinations unknown and for purposes known only to them without speaking to a single government official and without being asked a single question.

She looked irritated and said that she certainly would not be comfortable with that situation.

I pointed out the obvious disconnect in her thinking- how could someone on the one hand want passengers arriving on airliners from foreign countries be inspected while ignoring aliens entering the United States without being inspected or questioned?

She suddenly got the point!  The question is, especially after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the growing presence of transnational gangs in cities across the United States, why have so many of our political leaders and fellow Americans not been able to see this issue for what it truly is?

What will it take?

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