Several days ago I interviewed a retired NYC police officer, Thomas Machate for my website www.TalkBorder.com. I consider Tom to be a good friend but I am sorry I came to know him. The reason we came to meet is that his older brother Robert E. Machate was also a New York City police officer. On March 3, 1989 Police Officer Robert Machate was involved in an encounter with an illegal alien from Panama, Reynaldo Rayside on the streets of Brooklyn, New York. Rayside grabbed for Officer Machate’s service weapon and shots rang out. When it was over, Police Officer Machate was dead. He was just 24 years old and his wife was pregnant with a daughter he would never see or hold.
Here is a link to the video of my conversation with Tom Machate:
Here are two links to the NY Times report of Officer Robert Machate’s murder- the first link is to the news report of the murder while the second link relates to the news account of the trial and notes Thomas Machate’s reaction to the “Not Guilty” verdict on the top charge of Murder One.
A couple of years before that tragedy played out in a Brooklyn neighborhood, I had been assigned to execute a Warrant of Deportation issued by an Immigration Judge against Rayside. Rayside had been granted lawful immigrant status and was issued an Alien Registration Receipt Card also known as a “Green Card” to signify the fact that he was a lawful immigrant who had been placed on the pathway to United States citizenship. He had been handed an opportunity that so many people would desperately want to have and then he blew it! He was subsequently convicted of committing felonies which resulted in his being ordered deported from the United States.
Incredibly Rayside had been arrested by members of the NYPD on two separate occasions after he was deported from the United States and unlawfully reentered the United States. He was not only illegally present in our country at that time but was apparently guilty of a felony- unlawfully reentering the United States after having been deported. Yet the NYPD apparently never notified the INS about Rayside being encountered and arrested by members of that police department. Had the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) taken him into custody and prosecuted him for unlawful re-entry, Rayside would not have been at large on that fateful day that Officer Machate died. Illegal immigration is not a “victimless crime!”
Because of my involvement with Rayside, I was called upon to provide testimony at the murder trial at which he stood accused of murdering Police Officer Machate. It was at that trial that I first met Tom Machate and his family.
While many newspaper accounts and television news programs are focused on how illegal aliens suffer we almost never hear about how Americans suffer because of crimes committed by illegal aliens. Many times newspaper accounts don’t even address the fact that a criminal who was arrested for a heinous crime was, in fact, an illegal alien.
In November of last year I wrote a commentary for CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization) that I entitled, “Victims of Illegal Immigration.”
Here is a link to that commentary:
Please take a moment to read the contents of the First Amendment of our Constitution
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
The Founding Fathers understood that in order for our nation to have a true democratic process, the citizens had to be guaranteed the right of conducting debates, discussions and, if need be, arguments, provided that all such encounters were done “peaceably.” This is why the right of the people to peaceably assemble is noted in the First Amendment. Back then the only way to have those discussions was face to face.
Today we suffer from a form of censorship that is imposed by various groups who take the position that if anyone disagrees with them, they are the enemy!
Nothing could be further from the truth! The discourse called for in the First Amendment is literally “As American as Apple Pie!”
This is one of the primary reasons I have created my program on AND Magazine to provide information that is all too often not being provided by traditional news programs.
It is my goal, as the Senior Immigration Editor for AND Magazine, to provide perspectives and information about the immigration crisis and related areas of concern, that are not being provided anywhere else.
The first step in problem solving is to acknowledge that a problem exists.
If you like what you find at my website, I ask that you forward the link to as many folks as possible and ask them to do the same- I am attempting to create a “Bucket Brigade of Truth!”
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!
Please check also out my website:
On Friday evenings from 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM Eastern Time, I host my show, “The Michael Cutler Hour” on the USA Talk Radio Network on Blog Talk Radio.
I hope you will be listening! (Please tell your friends and neighbors!)
Here is a link to the program:
The Michael Cutler Hour
Archived shows here:
USA Talk Radio
The call-in number for a live show is 310-982-4145
Call in via Skype for free here
(while show is Live)