Link to my debate on CNN- whether terror attacks in Boston should put Comprehensive Immigration Reform on "hold"

Hi Gang:

This morning, Saturday, April 27th, CNN’s program, “Your Money” hosted by CNN Anchor Christine Romans, aired a segment in which I debated a CNN contributor, Anna Navarro on the issue of whether the terror bombing of the Boston Marathon and additional crimes committed by the two Russian-born terrorists should lead to a reconsideration of the proposed legislation known as Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
Needless to say, I have been consistently opposed to this sort of massive amnesty program for a list of reasons, but first and foremost my concerns have centered on the way that such program would undermine America’s national security.  It is outrageous that not only has Congress come up with the iill-conceived plan but that even in the wake of the terrorist attack in Boston by aliens who gamed the immigration system and were hardly “hiding in the shadows” that the “Eight Gangsters” continue to not only push for providing unknown millions of illegal aliens whose identities, backgrounds and intentions are unknown and unverifiable, but that they are actually attempting to use the bombing as justification for accelerating the push for this legislative nightmare and betrayal of American citizens and lawful immigrants!
It is outrageous that the advocates for “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” are ignoring the fact that each year the United States admits more than 1.1 million lawful immigrants into the United States and that these lawful immigrants are, upon the day of their admission into the United States or on the day that they are granted lawful immigrant status that they are immediately placed on the pathway to United States citizenship.
The number of lawful immigrants that the United States admits each year is greater than the total number of immigrants admitted by all of the other countries of the world combined!
The advocates are also forgetting that the immigration laws that these unknown millions of illegal aliens violated were enacted to achieve two primary goals- protect innocent lives and the jobs of American workers.  Sight unseen, advocates would provide these illegal aliens with lawful status, official identity documents and a pathway to United States citizenship!
In case you missed Christine’s program this morning, it will again air tomorrow, Sunday, April 28th at 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time or you can check it out online.  Here is the link:
The lack of integrity to the immigration system, as I have documented in numerous commentaries and have  provided testimony to numerous Congressional hearings and in my testimony for the 9/11 Commission prompted me, in 2007, to write an Op-Ed for the Washington Times in which I stated that Comprehensive Immigration Reform should be given  a new and more accurate and honest name.  I recommended that it be called the “Terrorist Assistance and Facilitation Act!”
Senator Sessions showed his agreement with my position and concerns by quoting me from the floor of the United States Senate during the contentious floor debates back then, on three separate days.
Today’s “new and improved” version of “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” would provide many more aliens with lawful status- without even face-to-face interviews and with no resources to investigate suspected immigration fraud.
The 9/11 Commission cited immigration fraud and visa fraud as being essential tools of terrorists- and not only the terrorists who attacked the United States on September 11, 2001, but on prior instances as well.
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.
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!


-michael cutler- 



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