"Meet Michael Cutler, standing tall against illegal immigration"

Hi Gang:
I have been interviewed by a number of reporters over the years but this time a reporter who interviewed me decided to make the interview into something of a profile about me.  I was, as you might imagine, pleasantly surprised that he decided to take this approach.
My goal is to attempt to get as many of our fellow citizens and our political leaders to understand just how important our nation’s borders and immigration laws are to protect our nation and our citizens.
I was happy to provide the reporter, Brian McElwee with my perspectives and wanted to share his article with you.

The securing of our nation’s borders and the effective enforcement and administration of our nation’s immigration laws are, arguably, among the most important of all missions that are supposed to be carried out by our federal government.  

Nothing less than the security of our nation and safety of our citizens hang in the balance!
A country without secure borders can no more stand than can a house without walls!

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our country is to survive and if our children and their children are to get their share of the “American Dream” the citizens of this nation must take their citizenship seriously!

We the People must be the best citizens we can be, citizens who are worthy of the gallantry demonstrated by our valiant men and women in the military, law enforcement and firefighters, who routinely go in harm’s way in defense of this nation and our citizens.  
My goal in writing this and other commentaries is to point out our nations many failings before more victims pay the ultimate price for the incompetence and ineptitude of our government.
The first step in problem-solving is to first identify the problems and vulnerabilities and then devise strategies to overcome them.
If you find yourself to be in agreement with this commentary, I ask that you forward it to as many of your friends and family members as possible and encourage them to do the same.  We need to create a “Bucket Brigade of Truth!”

The practice of good citizenship does not end in the voting booth, it only begins there.

The large scale apathy demonstrated by citizens of this nation has emboldened elected representatives to all but ignore the needs of the average American citizen in a quest for massive campaign funds and the promises of votes to be ostensibly delivered by special interest groups. There is much that we cannot do but there is one thing that We the People absolutely must do- we must stop sitting on the sidelines!


The collective failure of We the People to get involved in make our concerns known to our politicians have nearly made the concerns of the great majority of the citizens of this nation all but irrelevant to the politicians.  
I believe our nation’s 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!

If this situation 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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Meet Michael Cutler, standing tall against illegal immigration

May 9th, 2011 7:23 pm MT


By Brian McElwee
Scranton Immigration Policy Examiner

Former INS agent Michael Cutler continues to educate about the dangers of illegal immigration
Former INS agent Michael Cutler continues to educate about the dangers of illegal immigration

Credits: 
photo courtesy of Michael Cutler and Fox News


If you were watching Fox and Friends Saturday morning around 8:45, you witnessed Michael Cutler debating immigration attorney Francisco Hernandez. The topic of their discussion was the famously liberal city of San Francisco, which recently announced they will begin releasing illegal aliens who have been arrested, even if federal authorities want the aliens held. Such an announcement assures San Francisco, one of the nation’s first sanctuary cities, of remaining on the cutting edge of ignoring our nation’s immigration laws.

The two participants in Saturday’s discussion are a microcosm of the national debate over how to handle the vast numbers of illegal aliens residing in our country. Their positions are distinct and unquestionably opposed. On one side are citizens concerned with the sizable illegal component of our current immigration trend as well as the implication it has to our economy, culture and national security. To be sure, some are hiding their racist and xenophobic attitudes behind a façade of legitimate concern but the vast majority are reasonable people with valid concerns.

On the other side of the argument are those who are seemingly unconcerned about our national borders, who or how many cross them. This side of the debate usually displays sympathy for illegal aliens and support for the sanctuary cities which invite and encourage them. While his personal feelings were never stated, Attorney Hernandez appeared on Fox as a counter to Cutler, not a complement, and Cutler will never be mistaken as an illegal alien sympathizer. Hernandez states on his web site that he maintains dual citizenship in both Mexico and the United States. While the dapper legal eagle simply stated his contention that I.C.E. doesn’t have the resources to be investigating and deporting every illegal alien detained for minor infractions, he also wasn’t showing any signs of concern over San Francisco’s continuing to thumb it’s municipal nose at federal immigration law.

As the subject of the Saturday’s debate was sanctuary cities, let’s try to apply a definition to that term. Then we’ll attempt to define Michael Cutler, which is considerably more challenging.

There is no one universally accepted definition of a sanctuary city. Commonly, it means a city which takes an accepting, even accommodating stance toward illegal aliens. One such city would be New Haven, Connecticut, where Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. is so welcoming that he issues the aliens identification cards. More troubling than sanctuary cities that open their arms to illegal aliens are those which make it a matter of policy to not cooperate with federal immigration agents seeking to enforce our nation’s laws. One such city would be San Francisco. While the bay city may be among the first and most famous sanctuary cities, she is not alone, being one of only hundreds in the country, some confirmed (read admitted), others not.That was the easy part. Now let’s look at Mr. Cutler. I spoke with him a few days ago and found him to be an exceedingly open, friendly and passionate man, generous with both his time and insight.

Actually, Michael Cutler possesses insight from both sides of the immigration debate. He spent 30 years as an agent with the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service), now known as I.C.E.(Immigration and Customs Enforcement). Now retired, he spends his time raising awareness of the dangers he witnessed first hand while investigating and enforcing our nation’s immigration and customs laws. His experience makes his opinion quite sought after and he has gained a certain degree of notoriety through his appearances on television shows such as Lou Dobbs and the O’Reilly Factor as well as participating in countless radio programs. Cementing his credibility would be the Congressional committees he’s testified before.

Cutler also knows a thing or two about persecution, as his mother emigrated to the United States just ahead of the Holocaust. His maternal grandmother wasn’t quite so fortunate and fell victim to genocide at the hands of the Nazi’s. He’s a tough man tempered by his experience. He’s also a gentle man brought to the brink of tears by the mere mention of the great loves (and losses) of his life, his parents and first wife, all of whom were taken from him by cancer.

In other words, Michael Cutler is real. He knows the importance of immigration, legal immigration that is, to our country and traces his own American lineage to only one generation ago. He watched and learned from his own parents as they struggled to build a life here in the states, enduring hardships and persecutions of their own, always persevering and always thankful to be here, always knowing some of their loved ones never made it here. They passed their love for this country on to him and he guards it as a precious treasure, protecting it from elements that might destroy it, knowingly or not.

More about Michael Cutler and his opinions in the next installment.

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