April 13, 2015 | Michael Cutler
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It is important to understand that although some politicians such as Senator Rand Paul, are claiming, that all that our nation needs to do is to “First secure the border before dealing with a population of unknown millions of illegal aliens with lawful status” is not only not a solution but would provide opportunities and camouflage for international terrorists, transnational criminals and the acceleration of the undermining of American workers by dramatically increasing the number of foreign worker in the United States, especially high-tech workers.
I addressed the many components of the dysfunctional immigration system that go well beyond the obvious failure of the administration to secure the border that is supposed to separate the United States from Mexico in my July 7, 2014 article for FrontPage Magazine:
On February 17, 2015 CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization) posted my most recent commentary:
Having recently become a contributor to Progressives For Immigration Reform (PFIR) I believe it is important to know that as the name of the organization implies, they are a politically “Liberal” organization. It is vital to understand that contrary to the propaganda being spewed by the “open borders immigration anarchists” concerns about the many failures of the immigration system is not limited to those who possess a politically “Conservative” perspective but is an issue that should be of great concern to all Americans irrespective of political orientation. Immigration is not about “left” or “right” but about right or wrong.
I recommend you review Senator Session’s statement on June 27, 2007 from the floor of the U.S. Senate on the Immigration Bill in which the Senator made reference to my suggested new name to that disastrous legislation in my Washington Times Op-Ed. His impassioned pleas to his colleagues averted a catastrophe and that legislation was defeated. However, not unlike Freddy Krueger, Comprehensive Immigration Reform has been brought back to life through the unilateral actions of President Obama and his proposed executive actions. Furthermore, there are politicians from both parties willing to give this legislative betrayal of America and Americans CPR!
My Op-Ed was entitled:
The importance of our borders and our immigration laws cannot be overemphasized. In the war on terror and transnational gangs, they are our first line of defense and our last line of defense against international terrorists and transnational criminals. They are equally important to American workers who are facing unfair competition from foreign workers, aided and abetted by the administration and advocates for “Sanctuary Cities” and Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
The starting point for any conversation or legislation concerning immigration must be the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission which determined that a lack of border security, including the visa process. and fraud in the immigration benefits program enabled terrorists to enter and embed themselves in the United States, as they went about their deadly preparations.
In his historic speech before the 3rd Army on May 31, 1944, General George S. Patton said, on the strategy of holding a position:
“We’re not holding anything, we’ll let the Hun do that. We are advancing constantly, and we’re not interested in holding onto anything except the enemy.”
Pushing back against Comprehensive Immigration Reform is the same as holding position. The time has come for us to advance by demanding that our borders be made truly secure and our immigration laws be effectively administered and enforced.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform violates all of the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission but no one is willing to even consider how the lack of real border security and the lack of real integrity to the various components of the immigration system imperil national security and public safety.
Immigration is not a single issue but a singular issue that impacts nearly every challenge and threat confronting the United States today! Simply stated, the immigration laws were enacted to save lives and protect the jobs of American workers.
It is not “Anti-Immigrant” to be “Pro-American!”
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!
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!
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!
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From 1965 until 1970, a very successful television series entertained millions of viewers. The show was “Get Smart” and featured a bumbling secret agent, Maxwell Smart aka “Agent 86” and his competent female partner “Agent 99.” Their mission and that of their secret U.S. government agency known as “Control” was to combat an evil global adversary known as “KAOS” (pronounced the same as ‘chaos’) and its leader.
For decades politicians from both political parties have, not unexpectedly, played politics with our borders and our immigration laws. However, no administration would have dared to do what the Obama administration has done – ignore the will of the great majority of our citizens, ignore the findings and recommendations and findings of the 9/11 Commission, and ignore the Constitution.
Today the immigration system is hardly a system at all and chaos reigns supreme at the DHS (Department of Homeland “Surrender”).
The consequences of the policies of this administration are severe and may ultimately prove to be catastrophic. Currently millions of aliens from nearly every country of the world have entered the United States without inspection and live in every state. There is no way of readily identifying them or determining their true identities, their countries of citizenship, or when, where, or how they entered the country. This not only represents a violation of our laws but a threat to national security and public safety.
Additionally, the administration has promulgated policies and executive orders to provide individuals whose very presence in the United States represents a violation of our laws, with lawful status and official identity documents to signify their having been accorded temporary lawful status. Recently the administration has offered employment authorization, giving them as much right to a job in the United States as lawful immigrants and even United States citizens. Indeed, for a number of reasons, such aliens may well be more attractive employees than Americans.
Fraud in the immigration benefits program was identified by the 9/11 Commission as being the method of choice for the majority of terrorists to enter the United States and embed themselves. Many of the aliens who enter in this way have not been interviewed in person by immigration officials, and few resources are available for routine field investigations to be conducted to attempt to weed out those applications that involve fraudulent information.
On March 11, 2015 The David Horowitz Freedom Center’s FrontPage Magazine published my article,
Ignoring the 9/11 Commission’s Warnings (even as terrorists expand operations in Europe.) Scarcely a day goes by that the Obama administration does not find some incredible way to exacerbate the immigration crisis. Most recently the administration has decided to provide free transportation for the children of aliens who are present in the United States. Of course “free” only reflects the fact that these children and their parents will not have to pay for the airline tickets- American taxpayers are picking up the tab.
On April 1, 2015 Judicial Watch’s Blog- “Corruption Chronicles” posted the report, “DHS Launches ‘Family Reunification,’Refugee Program for Central Americans” that ended with this statement:
The State Department official assured that applicants [seeking to enter the U.S.] need not express or document a credible fear to qualify . . . because “‘we want to make sure this program is open to as many people as possible.’”
Our laws require that for an alien to be eligible for political asylum the applicant must articulate “credible fear” that if returned to their home country they would face persecution or worse.
The administration has once again changed U.S. immigration law without legislation. It is obvious that the goal is to open up the program to as many people as possible even though there is absolutely no precedent for this kind of program or action.
The administration’s program is illogical and illegal and will come at great expense to America and Americans, potentially bringing in millions of additional lawful immigrants that will overwhelm an immigration system that has long since exceeded its capacity. The economic cost of this program will also be huge.
It has been said that you only get one opportunity to make a first impression. Once again the administration clearly seeks to convince aspiring aliens from around the world that all they must do is arrive in the United States in order to remain. The message to people around the world is clear- America continues to be the “land of opportunity” even to those who violate and disobey our laws to get here.
City and state governments across the United States have picked up on the administration’s mindset and now view our immigration laws and borders as impediments. The number of “Sanctuary Cities” and “Sanctuary States” has grown and we now have cities hiring non-citizens as police officers. That concept should give us all “cause for pause!” On April 1, 2015 Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) posted my article, “The U.S. Unraveling – Some Cities Are Hiring Alien Police Officers.”
Once again we must ask the obvious question, “What will the Congress do?” If past performance is any indication “leaders” of the House of Representatives and Senate will likely issue strongly worded press releases, seize the opportunity for yet another photo-op and then roll over and play dead!
The one promise Mr. Obama made and has kept was his statement upon being elected, that “Change has come to America.” His idea of change can be found entering the United States across our southern border, across our northern border, at seaports on both coasts and at international airports in every state.
If anyone is in touch with Maxwell Smart or Agent 99, you can tell them that the leader of “KAOS” can be found at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
 The administration has also seen fit to permit tens of thousands of refugees from countries associated with terrorism to enter the United States- most of these aliens have not been effectively vetted. There are no resources to conduct investigation and it is all but impossible to conduct such investigations in their respective countries of citizenship. The 9/11 Commission expressed particular concern about aliens who were granted political asylum and/or were admitted as refugees the reasons noted above.
Michael W. Cutler is a former Special Agent with the INS, where his career spanned nearly 30 years. Mr. Cutler has provided expert witness testimony at more than a dozen Congressional hearings. He has testified before the 9/11 Commission and regularly provides expert testimony at state legislative hearings and in trials where immigration is at issue. Michael Cutler can be reached through his website, www.michaelcutler.net that contains his commentaries, Congressional testimony and links to his appearances on national television news programs and other public venues.