"All ‘Immigrants’ Are Not Equal" – My latest article for Progressives For Immigration Reform

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Here is the link to my newest commentary- additionally, I have attached this commentary, in its entirety, to the bottom of this e-mail:

All ‘Immigrants’ Are Not Equal

July 23, 2015 | Michael Cutler

If you wish to see more of my materials that I have furnished to Progressives for Immigration Reform, check out the link:  PFIR archives for Michael Cutler’s articles, policy brief and video.  

It is important to understand that as some politicians are claiming, that all that our nation needs to do is to “First secure the border before dealing with a population of unknown millions of illegal aliens with lawful status” is not only not a solution but provides camouflage for continuing more of the same and, perhaps, even accelerate the undermining of American workers by dramatically increasing the number of high-tech workers.

I addressed this outrageous false assertion and “solution” in my article for the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s FrontPage:

 The ‘Secure Our Border First Act’ Deception » Why it’s no solution to the immigration crisis.

 by  February 5 2015 / Read More »

I addressed the many components of the dysfunctional immigration system that go well beyond the obvious failure of the administration to secure the border that is supposed to separate the United States from Mexico in my July 7, 2014 article for FrontPage Magazine:

Border Security and the Immigration Colander

On February 17, 2015 CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization) posted my most recent commentary:

Effective Immigration Law Enforcement is ‘Pro-Immigrant,’ Compassionate

The Winter Edition of The Social Contract published my article:
This was also the underlying theme of my recent article for Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS):

For America to Do Well, Americans Must Do Well

Having recently become a contributor to Progressives For Immigration Reform (PFIR) I believe it is important to know that as the name of the organization implies, they are a politically “Liberal” organization.  It is vital to understand that contrary to the propaganda being spewed by the “open borders immigration anarchists” concerns about the many failures of the immigration system is not limited to those who possess a politically “Conservative” perspective but is an issue that should be of great concern to all Americans irrespective of political orientation.   Immigration is not about “left” or “right” but about right or wrong.

On November 15th I was honored to join three true leaders in the United States Congress in a panel discussion on immigration- Senator Jeff Sessions and Congressmen Louis Gohmert and John Fleming.  A video of this panel discussion has been posted on the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s website under the title, 

“Immigration Wars”

The perspectives of these true leaders are well worth listening to.
During my remarks at the panel discussion,  I referenced an Op-Ed I had written for the Washington Times in which I articulated my concerns about the previous attempt to enact Comprehensive Immigration Reform in my Op-Ed that the Washington Times published on June 22, 2007 and that Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama quoted from, on three separate dates, from the floor of the U.S. during the contentious floor debates.  In my piece I recommended that Comprehensive Immigration Reform be given a more honest and descriptive title, I suggested that it be renamed the “Terrorist Assistance and Facilitation Act!”  

I recommend you review Senator Session’s statement on June 27, 2007 from the floor of the U.S. Senate on the Immigration Bill in which the Senator made reference to my suggested new name to that disastrous legislation in my Washington Times Op-Ed.  His impassioned pleas to his colleagues averted a catastrophe and that legislation was defeated.  However, not unlike Freddy Krueger, Comprehensive Immigration Reform has been brought back to life through the unilateral actions of President Obama and his proposed executive actions.  Furthermore, there are politicians from both parties willing to give this legislative betrayal of America and Americans CPR!

My Op-Ed was entitled:

Immigration bill a ‘No Go’

During my remarks I also made note of the excellent documentary produced by the Tea Party Patriots in which Senator Sessions and Congressmen Louis Gohmert and Steve King were interviewed.  I am proud to also appear in this film that is entitled,  “The Border States of America.”  The subtitle of this film makes the importance and relevance of the immigration crisis clear to all Americans:  “Every State is Now a Border State.”  I am also proud to have been interviewed with for this important film.
On November 10, 2014 Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) posted my commentary:
On October 30, 2014 FrontPage Magazine published my article:
One of the issues I raised in that article was how Chuck Schumer, one of the “Eight Gangsters” who concocted “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” legislation (S 744) had recently stood before the television cameras and forest of radio and TV microphones and railed about how there had been a series of trespassers who took down the American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge, hung a Palestinian flag on the Manhattan bridge and carried out a base jump from the World Trade Center.  Schumer declared that the way to deter trespassing is to increase the maximum punishment for the crime of trespassing from the current one year in prison to a maximum of five years in prison.  He said that if trespassers were arrested they should face the maximum penalty because trespassing poses a threat to public safety.
As I noted in my article, Schumer, and former Mayor Bloomberg who also demanded that trespassers who trespassed into public housing projects be prosecuted to deter that crime, both demonstrated an acute lack of mouth/ear coordination.  Their own ears cannot hear what comes out of their won mouths!  They are not stupid but apparently expect Americans to be stupid!  The solution to aliens who trespass on the United States is to deter that form of trespassing the very same way- arrest those who violate the laws and punish them!  This is not hard to figure out- the issue is that these “leaders” don’t want to stop illegal immigration but make remove the distinction between legal immigration as compared with legal immigration!

The importance of our borders and our immigration laws cannot be overemphasized.  In the war on terror and transnational gangs, they are our first line of defense and our last line of defense against international terrorists and transnational criminals.  They are equally important to American workers who are facing unfair competition from foreign workers, aided and abetted by the administration and advocates for “Sanctuary Cities” and Comprehensive Immigration Reform.  

The starting point for any conversation or legislation concerning immigration must be the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission which determined that a lack of border security, including the visa process. and fraud in the immigration benefits program enabled terrorists to enter and embed themselves in the United States, as they went about their deadly preparations.

In his historic speech before the 3rd Army on May 31, 1944, General George S. Patton said, on the strategy of holding a position:

We’re not holding anything, we’ll let the Hun do that. We are advancing constantly, and we’re not interested in holding onto anything except the enemy.”

Pushing back against Comprehensive Immigration Reform is the same as holding position. The time has come for us to advance by demanding that our borders be made truly secure and our immigration laws be effectively administered and enforced.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform violates all of the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission but no one is willing to even consider how the lack of real border security and the lack of real integrity to the various components of the immigration system imperil national security and public safety.

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.

It is not “Anti-Immigrant” to be “Pro-American!”

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!

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Jimmy Carter was the first politician to engage in “Immigration Orwellian Newspeak” by referring to illegal aliens as “Undocumented Immigrants.” Carter intentionally created the misleading perception that all foreign nationals should be given equal standing through misuse of the term “immigrant.”

This is as false as referring to burglars as “residents” of a home they have broken into and devalues the lawful system by which aliens are lawfully admitted into the United States. Simply stated, this is anarchistic. Use of such language also devalues lawful immigrant status as well as United States citizenship.

Carter also mandated that during the census that Immigration and Naturalization Service agents not arrest illegal aliens until and unless they got clearance from the chain of command that stretched all the way to Washington. Essentially, enforcement operations were all but suspended during the census. No other law enforcement agencies were similarly encumbered and the motivation behind this is significant. The obvious goal was to make certain that illegal aliens were counted during the census which is conducted every decade to determine the apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives and consequently, in the Electoral College. This not only impacts control of the House of Representatives but the Presidency as well.

At the time most illegal aliens were concentrated in major population centers which tended to vote for Democratic candidates. If more Congressional seats and more electoral votes could be shifted to those population centers, the Democratic Party would pick up seats in the House of Representatives and votes in the Electoral College. Simply stated, immigration was being used as a gerrymandering tactic.

While non-citizens are not supposed to vote, aliens – including aliens illegally present in the United States gained political representation through those orders given by Carter to have INS agents “stand down.” States that attracted more illegal aliens would have a louder voice in congress.

Certainly no one should be surprised that a politician would “play politics” with any issue. However, it must be remembered that America’s immigration laws are among our most significant and fundamental laws. They were enacted to prevent the entry of foreign nationals who have no inherent right to enter the United States or remain in the United States and whose presence would be harmful or even dangerous to the country.

Carter placed politics above his oath of office and the safety and security of the United States and the well-being of Americans and others present in the United States.

Carter’s wrong-headed tactic set a precedent that has impacted immigration policies established by every subsequent administration. Of course the current administration has amped up Carter’s principles, or more accurately, unprincipled tactics to unparalleled levels.

Ronald Reagan, following on the heels of the Carter administration, enacted the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) which, for the first time created a spectrum of penalties for employers who knowingly hired illegal aliens but never hire enough INS agents to deter employers from hiring illegal aliens that the employer sanctions provisions of the law were supposed to achieve.

Now honest discussions about immigration have become all but impossible because of the deceptive tactics employed by the “Immigration Anarchists” and the politicians who do their bidding to get their legalized bribes known as “campaign contributions.” Anyone who expresses the desire to secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws is quickly branded “anti-immigrant” or worse, when in fact they are simply taking a “pro-enforcement” position. Our immigration laws enable more than one million aliens each year to legally immigrate the United States and provide more than one half-million lawful immigrants with citizenship. It is a contradiction in terms to declare advocacy for those very same laws, by which aliens legally immigrate to be “anti-immigrant.”

Politicians also voice concern about “ethnic votes.” On July 2, 2015 FrontPage Magazine published my commentary, “Immigration and Political Racial ‘Profiling’ – The stereotyping of ‘Latino voters’ and what it distracts us from.” The focus of my article was how this form of profiling ignores the fact that there are millions of illegal aliens present in the United States who did not run our borders and who are not of Latino ethnicity. This lunacy about mythical “Latino Voters” is insulting to many millions of American citizens who are of Latino ethnicity and may well oppose the anarchy of the administration immigration policies. In point of fact, our immigration laws make no distinction about race, religion or ethnicity. It may also cause folks to potentially look askance at their fellow Americans leading to wrong-headed misconceptions and prejudice.

On June 18, 2015 FrontPage Magazine published my article, “Theft By Deception: The Immigration Con Game » How politicians are robbing citizens of access to the American Dream.” My February 5, 2015 FrontPage Magazine article, “The ‘Secure Our Border First Act’ Deception »

Why it’s no solution to the immigration crisis” provided perspectives on how the political “game” concerning immigration is being played. Fortunately that deceptive legislation was stopped dead in its tracks, primarily by outraged Americans who called their members of Congress to express their opposition, proving that a concerted effort by citizens can be effective, if only our fellow Americans are willing to divert their attention from various distractions we find in great abundance these days.

The Daily Caller published my article, “Sanctuary Cities: No Peace And No Justice” on July 10, 2015 and on July 16, 2015 Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) posted my commentary, “Sanctuary Cities and Collateral Damage.” My articles were predicated on the senseless death of Kathryn Steinle who was killed by a five times deported illegal alien, Francisco Sanchez who had seven prior felony convictions. In both of those articles I highlighted sanctuary policies create magnets for criminal aliens and fugitives who seek to hide in plain sight. In point of fact, the ability to hide in plain sight was referred to as embedding by the 9/11 Commission. These policies are illegal and violate Title 8 USC § 1324 – Bringing in and harboring certain aliens, a section of law that is comprehended within the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), that deems it is a felony to aid, abet, encourage or induce aliens to enter our country illegally or remain in our country illegally.

Our immigration laws are supposed to protect national security, public safety and the lives and livelihoods of American workers. These issues are not about “left” or “right” but about right or wrong. It is time for commonsense and integrity to prevail, especially in these challenging and perilous times. American lives matter!


Michael W. Cutler is a former Special Agent with the INS, where his career spanned nearly 30 years. Mr. Cutler has provided expert witness testimony at more than a dozen Congressional hearings. He has testified before the 9/11 Commission and regularly provides expert testimony at state legislative hearings and in trials where immigration is at issue. Michael Cutler can be reached through his website, www.michaelcutler.net that contains his commentaries, Congressional testimony and links to his appearances on national television news programs and other public venues.

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