"Obama targets Republicans for blocking Dream Act"

Hi Gang:
Today’s commentary is predicated on a Washington Times report that was published yesterday, September 14, 2011 and reported on how President Obama is criticizing Congressional Republicans for blocking passage of the DREAM act!
How many more times will the administration attempt to ram this legislative betrayal down the throats of our beleaguered citizens?
When a young man refuses to take “no” for an answer when he is on a date, he may be accused of date rape- certainly 

We the People 

have made it crystal clear that we oppose this legislation.  What part of “NO” does the President not get?

What is absolutely mind boggling is that the DREAM Act would create opportunities for for millions of illegal aliens to acquire lawful immigrant status and be granted financial assistance to attend college at a time that every politician, including the President, himself, hammers away at the need to create more jobs for millions of unemployed American workers.  The DREAM act has disingenuously been sold as a bill to help young aliens would, in fact, provide lawful status and a pathway to United Stats citizenship to aliens who had not attained their 35th birthday.  While I concede that as someone on the wrong side of 60 that 35 sound young to me, it is, in fact the age most consider to be “middle age!” 
The issue of providing lawful status to millions of illegal aliens who have no reliable or authoritative documentation to prove who they are creates a serious national security crisis for our nation at a time that we are still waging a war against terrorists.  Furthermore, because the DREAM Act would require that the aliens who would participate in this program would have to establish when they entered the United States would not have an easy way of providing that evidence and the adjudications officers who would have to process those millions of applications would likely be ordered to accept any sort of documentation that these aliens provide.  The water becomes even muddier when illegal aliens who create no record of their entry when they run our borders, use multiple false names.
Providing illegal aliens with lawful status under names that may be utterly fictitious would also create a national security nightmare for our nation and our citizens.
Several years ago I wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Times that Senator Sessions quoted from the floor of the United States Senate on several separate occasions when “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” was being debated.  One of my concerns about “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” was that terrorists would be easily able to game that program and acquire lawful status in false names that would enable them to circumvent terror watch lists and “No Fly” lists.  I suggested that a more honest name for that legislative disaster would be the “Terrorist Assistance and Facilitation Act!”
This potential risk to national security also applies to the DREAM Act.
Here is a link to Washington Times article:
I participated in a number of televised debates about the DREAM Act over the past several years.  Here is a link to one of those debagets in which I participated on MSNBC November 2010: 
I also wrote a commentary about my concerns about the DREAM Act that appeared on my website- here is the link to that commentary:

http://www.michaelcutler.net/2010/09/13/the-nightmare-act/

There are also a few points that I raised during the debates concerning how it is wrong-headed to provide illegal aliens with opportunities to serve in our military.

Before we go any further I want to make an important point- I know that there are a number of aliens who served with great valor and integrity in our military and I certainly honor their service, however, the idea of providing illegal aliens with access to our training and our military services also gives me great “cause for pause!”
It is illegal for an illegal alien to possess firearms and/or ammunition.  Furthermore, there is a growing concern about the increasing numbers of gang members who have enlisted in the military.  I have attached a troubling news report that appeared on a website that focuses on our military.  The article was published last year and addressed the extreme dangers that our military and our nation faces because members of violent gangs such as MS-13 have been well trained in the use of weapons and military tactics.
Here is a link to that article:
Here is an excerpt from that article:
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Why Do Gang Members Join the Military?

The FBI believes that gang members may enlist in the military to escape their current environment or gang lifestyle. Some gang members may also enlist to receive weapons, combat, and convoy support training; to obtain access to weapons and explosives; or as an alternative to incarceration. Upon discharge, they may employ their military training against law enforcement officials and rival gang members. Such military training could ultimately result in more organized, sophisticated, and deadly gangs, as well as an increase in deadly assaults on law enforcement officers.

  • In May 2005 an Army recruit and suspected Crip member was assigned to the US Army Finance Battalion where he engaged in drug distribution. He was eventually discharged from the Army for misconduct.

  • According to open source reporting and multiple law enforcement reporting, soldiers—including gang members—are currently being taught urban warfare for combat in Iraq, including how to encounter hostile gunfire.

  • The Defense Criminal Investigative Service reported in 2006 that gang members, particularly MS-13 members, are increasing their presence on or near US military installations.

  • Even though the policy violates Military recruiting regulations, US criminal courts have allowed gang members to enter the service as an alternative to incarceration. Several instances wherein gang members have been recruited into the armed services while facing criminal charges or on probation or parole have been documented. In many instances, a gang member facing criminal charges may be provided the option to join the military or serve a jail sentence. Furthermore, some army recruiters have been known to conceal recruits’ gang affiliation to help boost their enlistment numbers.
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From a personal perspective, in the late 1970’s I worked closely with members of the NYPD and an agency then known as ONI (Office of Naval Intelligence) to track down and arrest illegal aliens, mostly from the Caribbean who had lied about their identities in order to join the United States Marine Corps to acquire the sort of military training I noted above.  A number of them went AWOL and then with weapons that they stole from their bases, they carried out extremely violent bank robberies in which a number of people were wounded or killed.
Consider the issue of Los Zetas, arguably the most violent of the Mexican drug cartels.  These violent thugs were initially members of the Mexican law enforcement agencies and military and were trained by our military officers to enlist their aid in dismantling the drug cartels in Mexico. They were offered far more money by the cartels and decided to switch sides.  Eventually they tired of working for the cartels as their enforcers and took control of the turf that had been controlled by the cartels that had employed them. 
We have seen where this sort of effort is likely to lead and it is not a good place!
Additionally, it is important to consider a couple of the statements that, according to the news Washington Times report President Obama made when he addressed the  annual Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s gala at the Washington Convention Center:
“I wish I could wave my magic wand,” Mr. Obama said. “Until Nancy Pelosi is speaker again…  At the end of the day, I can’t do this all by myself. We’re going to have to get Congress to act. I know Nancy Pelosi’s ready to act. It’s time to stop playing politics.”
It would appear that Obama does have a “magic wand” it is the pen with which he writes policy and executive orders to stop ICE agents from enforcing the immigration laws and terminating deportation hearings that have been inititiated for some 300,000 illegal aliens!
Consider the final sentence in that news report that offered yet another quote from the President:

“In this country there is no ‘us’ or ‘them,’ there is only us — one nation, under God, indivisible, and immigrants are part of that American family,” Mr. Obama said.

In point of fact, there actually is an “us” or “them!”  The difference is not about race, ethnicity or religion- but it is about citizenship!
Of course lawful immigrants are part of the “American family” but lawful immigrants are not the issue- this is about providing illegal aliens with benefits that the laws never intended for them to have!
The difference between an immigrant and an illegal alien is equivalent to the difference between a houseguest and a burglar!
That infuriating statement is the equivalent of telling that a homeowner must adopt the burglar who broke into his house and also provide lodging for that burglar’s family!
With so many Americans of all races, religions and ethnicities struggling to pay their bills, especially given the findings of the most recent census that 15.1% of all Americans now live below the poverty line, it has never been more important to make certain that our nation’s immigration laws are enforced to protect one of the most endangered species to be found in our country today- America’s Middle Class!
A final thought- prior to the Second World War, the enforcement and administration of our nation’s immigration laws was the responsibility of the United States Department of Labor out of a concern that an influx of foreign workers would have a harmful impact on the jobs, wages and working conditions of the American worker.
To this day the United States Labor Department is responsible for issuing labor certificates to attest to the fact that foreign workers are not taking jobs that Americans would take.  of course the level of fraud is stratospheric and the result is that so many American workers across all ethnic lines and in jobs that range from the lowest paying to those that involve college education and advanced degrees are being displaced in the labor market- by foreign workers who work for lower wages and worse working conditions.
By making that statement about “immigrants” when he is really speaking about illegal aliens is outrageous!
Each year our nation admits more than 1.1 million lawful immigrants.  These immigrants are entitled to work in the United States and they are on the pathway to United States citizenship.
Now the administration is seeking to add millions of more foreign workers into an already overflowing labor pool.  This is betrayal is nothing short of a prescription for a disaster for all Americans.
Perhaps the cruelest irony of all is that America’s minorities are now suffering the highest levels of unemployment!
If Mr. Obama was really concerned about American Latinos, and American Blacks, he would seek to enforce the immigration laws and rather than try to provide opportunities for college education for illegal aliens, he would seek to provide American children, of every race, religion and ethnicity with greater opportunities to acquire college educations and then have jobs that they can go to when they graduate that make use of those degrees!

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 implore you to get involved!

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 our government’s failures to secure our nation’s borders and effectively enforce 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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Obama targets Republicans for blocking Dream Act


         By Dave Boyer

President Obama told an Hispanic audience Wednesday night he will do “everything in my power” to enact the Dream Act, which would prevent the deportation of illegal immigrants studying at American colleges or having served in the military.

The legislation has faced strong opposition for nearly a decade. But in his remarks to the annual Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s gala at the Washington Convention Center, Mr. Obama targeted Republicans in the current Congress for playing politics with the bill.

“Last year, we saw the Dream Act passed in the House, only to be blocked by Senate Republicans,” Mr. Obama said. “And now for the first time in a decade, the bill doesn’t have a single Republican co-sponsor, not one. Nothing about the language of the legislation changed. The only thing that changed was politics in Washington.”

He added, “It’s heartbreaking, to see innocent young people denied the right to earn an education, or serve in the military, because of their parents’ action, and because of the actions of a few politicians in Washington.”

The administration has begun to bypass Congress this year and relax deportation standards. In June, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton said agents should exercise discretion in deciding who should be deported.

“How we enforce those laws is also important,” Mr. Obama said. “That’s why the Department of Homeland Security is applying common-sense standards for immigration enforcement. And we’ve made progress so that our enforcement policies prioritize criminals who endanger our communities, not students trying to achieve the American dream.”

The Hispanic vote is crucial to Mr. Obama’s reelection chances in 2012, and he has been courting the community tirelessly, including a trip to Puerto Rico this summer. The White House is in the midst of month-long participation in various events marking Hispanic Heritage Month.

The president said he longed for the day when House Minority Leader Nancy E. Pelosi, California Democrat, would become Speaker again to support legislation such as the Dream Act.

“I wish I could wave my magic wand,” Mr. Obama said. “Until Nancy Pelosi is speaker again…  At the end of the day, I can’t do this all by myself. We’re going to have to get Congress to act. I know Nancy Pelosi’s ready to act. It’s time to stop playing politics.”

He urged the crowd to lobby Congress for “an immigration policy that works.”

“In this country there is no ‘us’ or ‘them,’ there is only us — one nation, under God, indivisible, and immigrants are part of that American family,” Mr. Obama said.

 

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Gang Activity in the U.S. Military

By About.com Guide


Mar 18 2010

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According to a recently released FBI report, Gang-related activity in the US military is increasing and poses a threat to law enforcement officials and national security.

An unidentified military member flashes gang signs.

FBI Investigative Photo

The report, Gang Activity in the U.S. Armed Forces Increasing, dated January 12, states that members of nearly every major street gang have been identified on both domestic and international military installations. Members of nearly every major street gang, including the Bloods, Crips, Black Disciples, Gangster Disciples, Hells Angels, Latin Kings, The 18th Street Gang, Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), Mexican Mafia, Nortenos, Surenos, Vice Lords, and various white supremacist groups, have been documented on military installations. Although most prevalent in the Army, the Army Reserves, and the National Guard, gang activity is pervasive throughout all branches of the military and across most ranks, but is most common among the junior enlisted ranks, according to the report. The extent of gang presence in the armed services is often difficult to determine since many enlisted gang members conceal their gang affiliation and military authorities may not recognize gang affiliation or may be inclined not to report such incidences.

  • Since 2004, the FBI and El Paso Police Department have identified over 40 military-affiliated Folk Nation gang members stationed at the Fort Bliss Army Installation in Texas who have been involved in drug distribution, robberies, assaults, weapons offenses, and a homicide, both on and off the installation.

  • Fort Hood, Texas, Army Installation officials have identified nearly 40 gang members on base since 2003. Military-affiliated Gangster Disciple members at Fort Hood have been responsible for robberies, assaults, theft, and burglaries on and off base.

  • Nearly 130 gang and extremist group members have been identified on the Fort Lewis, Washington, Army Installation since 2005. These gang members are believed to be responsible for many of the criminal misconduct instances reported on base.

The FBI reports that accurate data reflecting gang-related instances occurring on military installations is limited, since the military is not required to report criminal offense statistics occurring on post to the FBI. Consequently, military data reflecting criminal instances are not incorporated into the Uniform Crime Report (UCR).

Why Do Gang Members Join the Military?

The FBI believes that gang members may enlist in the military to escape their current environment or gang lifestyle. Some gang members may also enlist to receive weapons, combat, and convoy support training; to obtain access to weapons and explosives; or as an alternative to incarceration. Upon discharge, they may employ their military training against law enforcement officials and rival gang members. Such military training could ultimately result in more organized, sophisticated, and deadly gangs, as well as an increase in deadly assaults on law enforcement officers.

  • In May 2005 an Army recruit and suspected Crip member was assigned to the US Army Finance Battalion where he engaged in drug distribution. He was eventually discharged from the Army for misconduct.

  • According to open source reporting and multiple law enforcement reporting, soldiers—including gang members—are currently being taught urban warfare for combat in Iraq, including how to encounter hostile gunfire.

  • The Defense Criminal Investigative Service reported in 2006 that gang members, particularly MS-13 members, are increasing their presence on or near US military installations.

  • Even though the policy violates Military recruiting regulations, US criminal courts have allowed gang members to enter the service as an alternative to incarceration. Several instances wherein gang members have been recruited into the armed services while facing criminal charges or on probation or parole have been documented. In many instances, a gang member facing criminal charges may be provided the option to join the military or serve a jail sentence. Furthermore, some army recruiters have been known to conceal recruits’ gang affiliation to help boost their enlistment numbers.

Increased Crime

Gang membership in the armed forces can disrupt good order and discipline, increase criminal activity on and off military installations, and compromise installation security and force protection. Gang incidents involving active-duty personnel on or near US military bases nationwide include drive-by shootings, assaults, robberies, drug distribution, weapons violations, domestic disturbances, vandalism, extortion, and money laundering. Gangs have also been known to use active-duty service members to distribute their drugs.

  • The Aurora Police Department reports that in July 2006 a Marine reservist and Maniac Latin Disciple gang member who had served in Iraq was charged with attempted murder in the shooting of three teenagers in Aurora, Illinois.

  • According to FBI investigative data, in April 2006 a Blood member and active duty soldier at Fort Lewis allegedly robbed a bowling alley on base and is a suspect in a home invasion robbery in Olympia, Washington.

  • In January 2005 a Fort Hood soldier and Gangster Disciple leader was convicted of two aggravated robberies in Killeen, Texas.22 According to open-source reporting, he allegedly directed 30 to 40 Fort Hood Gangster Disciple members to commit illegal activities including drug dealing, identity theft, and armed robberies.

                                                                                             

Two female Soldiers flash gang signs while brandishing weapons.FBI Investigative Photo


Dangerous Situation

Military-trained gang members also present an emerging threat to law enforcement officers patrolling the streets of US cities. Both current and former gang-affiliated soldiers transfer their acquired military training and knowledge back to the community and employ them against law enforcement officers, who are typically not trained to engage gangsters with military expertise. Gang members in the military are commonly assigned to military support units where they have access to weapons and explosives. Military personnel may steal items by improperly documenting supply orders or by falsifying paperwork. Law enforcement officials throughout the United States have recovered military-issued weapons and explosives-such as machine guns and grenades-from criminals and gang members while conducting search warrants and routine traffic stops.

  • In June 2006 an incarcerated US Army soldier and active gang member identified 60 to 70 gang-affiliated military personnel in his unit allegedly involved in the theft and sale of military equipment and weapons. The solider reported that many of the military personnel in charge of ammunition and grenade distribution are sergeants who are active gang members.

  • A May 2006 interview with a former Marine and Gangster Disciple member incarcerated in Colorado detailed how easily soldiers-many of whom were gang members-stole military weapons and equipment and used them on the streets of US cities or sold them to civilian gang members.

  • In December 2005 a National Guard soldier allegedly smuggled several machine guns back from Iraq and sold them to a gun dealer in Georgia, according to open-source information.

  • In a May 2006 interview with the Colorado Department of Corrections, an incarcerated Gangster Disciple member and former Marine discussed the advantages of military training and how it assists gang members in bank robberies, home invasions, and confrontations with police.

  • A 2006 news interview revealed that a Marine, who was a King Cobra member, stationed at MCAS Camp Pendleton, taught members of his gang how to engage in military-style ambushes and how to position themselves for tactical advantage. He further admitted that he joined the Marines “to learn how to shoot guns.”

Threat to Dependents

Gang members commonly target dependent children of military personnel for recruitment. Military children are considered potential candidates for gang membership because the transient nature of their families often makes them feel isolated, vulnerable, and in need of companionship. Dependents of service members may be involved in drug distribution and assaults both on and off of military bases. Lax security at open installations may facilitate recruitment by allowing civilian gang members to access the base and interact with military personnel and their children.

  • Fort Bragg officials report that a number of violent instances occurring on post often involve gang members and transpire at on-post nightclubs.

  • In May 2005 the Fort Bragg Provost Marshall (PM) closed the Fort Bragg Fair early because of multiple fights prompted by youths flashing gang signs. The PM remarked that similar instances had also occurred at the prior year’s fair.

  • A retired Special Forces soldier and President of the Hells Angels Fayetteville, North Carolina, chapter regularly visits Fort Bragg.

  • US Department of Defense (DoD) youth program staff have acknowledged that military children are heavily influenced by gangs. However, many military spokespersons have dismissed these children as “wannabe gang members.”

  • According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, military facilities in the continental United States as well as overseas military facilities have all experienced gang activity committed by dependents of service members.

Getting in the Military

Gang members have been known to enlist in the military by failing to report past criminal convictions or by using fraudulent documents. Some applicants enter the criminal justice system as juveniles and their criminal records are sealed and unavailable to recruiters performing criminal background investigations. Many military recruiters are not properly trained to recognize gang affiliation and unknowingly recruit gang members, particularly if the applicant has no criminal record or visible tattoos.

  • In August 2006 a Latin King member from Milwaukee joined the Marines while under federal indictment for racketeering. The recruiter reported that despite the gang member’s indictment, he was still eligible for military service because he had not yet been convicted. He was, however, ultimately denied enlistment from service before reporting for duty.

  • In 2006 an MS-13 member stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington reported that he and several other MS-13 members joined the military after their clique’s leader was incarcerated. The soldier claimed that he was candid about his gang membership when recruited.

  • In 2005 a Latin King member was allegedly recruited into the Army at a Brooklyn, New York, courthouse while awaiting trial for assaulting a New York police officer with a razor. He was reportedly instructed by the recruiter to conceal his gang affiliation.

  • In 2005 a California probation officer reported that they were lobbied by Army recruiters to support early probation terminations for gang-affiliated probationers to facilitate their military recruitment.

The FBI report concludes that while allowing gang members to serve in the military may temporarily increase recruiting numbers, US communities may ultimately have to contend with disruption and violence resulting from military-trained gang members on the streets of US cities. Furthermore, most gang members have been pre-indoctrinated into the gang lifestyle and maintain an allegiance to their gang. This could ultimately jeopardize the safety of other military members and impede gang-affiliated soldiers’ ability to act in the best interest of their country.

Army Disagrees

In sharp contrast to the FBI report, an Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID), Gang Activity Threat Accessment for FY 2006, calls the threat of gang activity in the Army LOW. Their report concludes:

  • Overall, the assessment of the threat of gang activity in the Army is considered LOW.

  • There are indicators that gangs remain active in some military communities. During FY 2006, the CID initiated 16 gang investigations and reported 44 gang related incidents which occurred on Army installations or in Army communities.

  • Reports indicated there is a small number of Soldiers involved in gangs or gang related activity. However, there has been an increase in violent gang related investigations in FY06. Gang related violence in FY06 resulted in the loss of life of one US Army Soldier.

  • The majority of subjects in gang related investigations are junior enlisted (E-1-E-4) and/or youthful civilian dependent family members. During the period of October 2003 to September 2006, a total of 35 CID investigations were identified as felony crimes with gang related activity There have been no Senior NCOs or Officers identified in any gang related incidents or investigations.

  • Military communities continue to be a more stable, secure and lawful environment than their civilian counterparts, especially given recent access control and other security enhancements.

  • Much of the gan growth across the US can be attributed to the influence of the gang subculture rather than actual gang migration. Many communities are experiencing gan emulation of nationally recognized gangs.

  • Forming multi-agency task forces and joint community groups is an effective way to combat the problem. However, decreases in funding and staffing to many task forces have created new challenges for civilian communities. Limitations on recourses for authorized spaces, especially criminal intelligence spaces, have had a similar effect on CID’s ability to be proactive in this area.

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