"Leveling the Playing Field for American Workers"

Hi Gang:
The election campaigns are in the home stretch!
Just about every candidate for elected office on the local, state and federal level is trying to attract voters by promising, in one way or another, to create jobs.  Unemployment statistics that are generally cited in news reports are not even close to telling the true story about the actual magnitude of the unemployment and underemployment crisis in the United States today. 
It is now estimated that one in six Americans has fallen below the “poverty line” and that today one in four American children are living in poverty- inside the United States of America!
Could you imagine a candidate who would be dumb enough to stand before microphones and television cameras and proclaim that he/she was determined to not protect the lives of the voters or their families?  Could you imagine a candidate for office saying that he/she was eager to provide unfair competition for jobs that American citizens of every race, religion and ethnicity desperately want and need?
You might wonder why I would ask such a foolish question.  In point of fact, that question if hardly foolish.  The immigration laws of the United States were enacted to achieve two primary goals- to protect American lives and to protect the jobs of American workers.
Now I ask that you think about how many politicians talk about how eager they are to provide illegal aliens with “pathways to United States citizenship” even though there is no reliable way to know the true identities of these millions or, perhaps, tens of millions of illegal aliens.
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 how failures to secure America’s borders and enforce America’s immigration laws are creating a nightmare scenario of American workers that not unlike cascading dominos, is having a profound impact on nearly every sector of the American economy.


On June 17, 2012, just two days after President Obama stood before the microphones and cameras in a White House Rose Garden press conference and declared that he would, under the guise of “Prosecutorial Discretion” provide hundreds of thousands, or more likely, millions of illegal aliens with employment authorization, Fox News Latino posted my commentary in which I took on the claims made by the President.  My Op-Ed was entitled:
Here is an excerpt from my article:

Additionally, it is unfathomable how providing employment authorization to hundreds of thousands if not millions of heretofore illegal aliens is helpful to millions of American workers who are unemployed or underemployed and seeking gainful employment so that they can support themselves and their families.

This is especially impossible to understand given the fact that record numbers of homes have been lost to foreclosure and record numbers of Americans now live below the poverty line. Providing employment authorization to these huge numbers of illegal aliens is the equivalent of having lots more kids enter a room where the game of “Musical Chairs” is being played, but without providing more chairs for the players.

Where joblessness is concerned, however, we are not talking about a childhood game but the life and death challenges being confronted by millions of American families of every race, religion and ethnicity.

We are often told that the President’s action will be favored by Latino voters. It is remarkable that so many journalists claim to be concerned about “racial profiling.” Yet these same journalists are quick to talk about the mythical “Latino voters.” Anyone who believes that any group of ethnic voters such as “Latino voters,” “Black voters” or  “Jewish voters” will vote the same way as others of the same ethnicity or religion is, in my opinion, guilty of an insidious form of profiling.

My commentary from which I provided a couple of paragraphs above, focused on the “DREAMERS” who are now lining up to have their applications processed.  There will be no integrity to this program.  Face to face interviews will not be conducted!  Meanwhile these illegal aliens who may be as old as 31 years of age and who may well lie about how long they have been in the United States or even what their true identities are, will be granted official identity documents that will immediately en able them to obtain driver’s licenses in most states.  It will also enable them to obtain Social Security Cards, library card, credit cards and secure employment in a wide variety of industries including industries that may have national security and/or critical infrastructure implications.  You should also know that they will be as legally entitled to work in the United States as are United States citizens and lawful immigrants.
It would certainly appear that there are a significant number of politicians who want to see all illegal aliens treated the same way- making an utter mockery of the legal immigration process by which, incidentally, more than 1.1 million aliens are granted lawful immigrant status each and every year!
Imagine how lawful immigrants who waited their turn must feel to see a human tsunami of illegal aliens now have as much right to work in the United States as they do under the Obama program!  Think of what a monumental betrayal this is to American workers!
Capitalism is all about competition.  But the competition is supposed to be fair!  This is one of the reasons that “Anti-Trust” laws were enacted.  Where immigration is concerned, for far too many politicians and especially this administration, immigration laws are pesky “speed bumps” that are to be ignored and vilified wherever and whenever possible! 
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!

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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Leveling the Playing Field for American Workers

In nearly all officially sanctioned endeavors that involve competition, referees or other such officials are employed to make certain that all competitors are given a “level playing field” to create a fair environment.  In baseball, umpires provide this vital component to the integrity of the sport.

Where government is concerned, laws and law enforcement officers are supposed to provide that same sort of fairness.  Civil Rights laws have been enacted in the United States in an effort to provide equal treatment.  In fact, the terms “just” and “fair” are often used in conjunction with one another.  Among the duties of law enforcement officers is the role they are supposed to play as societal referees when they enforce the laws that are intended to protect lives and rights of those who live within their jurisdiction.

Today, competition can be found in many aspects of the lives of our citizens.  Competition is especially keen where the search for jobs is concerned.  Today many millions of American workers are either unemployed or underemployed.  This has resulted in many Americans falling below the poverty line and many American families losing their homes to foreclosure because their “breadwinners” have lost their jobs.

The impact of this can be felt as it ripples throughout the economy of the United States where a glut of foreclosed houses have depressed real estate values in nearly every city and fewer Americans have the money to spend on nonessential items, thus creating a vicious downward cycle.

The immigration laws of the United States are supposed to prevent the entry and continued presence in the United States of aliens whose presence is harmful.  Aliens who are engaged in criminal or terrorist activities are supposed to be prevented from entering the United States and removed (deported) from the United States when they found present in the United States.  Aliens who are convicted of committing felonies are also supposed to be deported from the United States when they complete serving their prison sentences.

Aliens who would seek unauthorized employment to be prevented from entering the United States and are supposed to be arrested deported from the United States if such aliens succeed in entering the United States and seek employment.  This is to prevent foreign workers from creating unfair and illegal competition for jobs Americans desperately need, especially in this era of economic hardship confronting all too many American workers and their families.  This component of the immigration laws is nothing new.  In fact, prior to the Second World War, the enforcement and administration of the immigration laws was the responsibility of the United States Department of Labor.  Prior to World War II, where immigration was concerned, was the harm that unfettered immigration would do to American workers.

During the Second World War it became clear that the government needed to be concerned about the threats posed by aliens who would enter the United States to engage in espionage and acts of sabotage.  On August 6, 2011 CAPS posted my commentary about the national security components of border security and immigration law enforcement, which was entitled, Do We Still Need Our Armed Forces When We Don’t Secure Our Own Borders?

Within the commentary I referenced an important article that appears on the FBI website about how, during WW II, the U.S. Coast Guard and the FBI worked cooperatively to thwart a Nazi plot to enable Nazi saboteurs to enter the United States to destroy factories that were producing weapons and other key products to assist the Allies.

Today, in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and with increasing presence of transnational gangs and drug trafficking cartel members in the United States, America’s borders have never been more important and the failures to secure those borders and effectively enforce and administer the immigration laws have never been of greater importance, yet the current administration is failing at securing the borders and has done nothing to enhance the integrity to the system by which applications for immigration benefits and, in fact, has made an utter mockery of that entire system by providing employment authorization to potentially millions of illegal alien “DREAMERS.”

A couple of months ago Fox News Latino posted my Op-Ed about my opposition to the administration’s claimed use of “prosecutorial discretion.”  My piece was entitled: Obama Invokes Prosecutorial Discretion to Circumvent Constitution and Congress.

In addition to creating a national security nightmare by providing terrorists with an opportunity to game this program and acquire brand new “clean” identities, these failures are also creating unfair and illegal competition for American workers of every race, religion and ethnicity.  Indeed, the unemployment and poverty rates are highest among American minorities!

American workers are not only facing unfair and illegal competition from illegal aliens who evade the inspections process but by aliens who successfully game the visa process.

On April 30, 2009 the U.S. Senate’s Subcommittee on Immigration, conducted a hearing on the topic: “Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2009, Can We Do It and How?” Among the witnesses called to testify before that hearing was Alan Greenspan, arguably one of the key architects of the economic crisis, who stated:

“…The second bonus (in accelerating the influx of skilled immigrant workers) would address the increasing concentration of income in this country. Greatly expanding our quotas for the highly skilled would lower wage premiums of skilled over lesser skilled. Skill shortages in America exist because we are shielding our skilled labor force from world competition. Quotas have been substituted for the wage pricing mechanism. In the process, we have created a privileged elite whose incomes are being supported at non-competitively high levels by immigration quotas on skilled professionals. Eliminating such restrictions would reduce at least some of our income inequality.”

Clearly Greenspan demonstrated unmitigated chutzpah, referring to skilled Americans as the “privileged elite!”  His infuriating goal of reducing skill-based income inequality is nothing short of anti-American in both ways of interpreting that statement.  It flies in the face of the American dream and would serve to pull the floor out from under American middle class workers and their families!

When the fans watching a baseball game disagree with the call of an umpire they are likely to yell, “Throw the bum out!”

Think of that simple, yet direct four word phrase on Election Day if you determine that the candidate for office for whom you are voting has failed to be fair to American workers and their families.

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