“Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Undermining National Security and Public Safety for Political Expedience”

Hi Gang:

I have attached my most recent article for the CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization) website to the bottom of this e-mail.
The title should be self-explanatory, but when dealing with immigration it seems that commonsense and reasonableness have no relevance.
Our immigration laws were enacted to protect innocent lives and the jobs of American workers.  You would think that such laws could not be controversial, but these laws are openly ignored by “Sanctuary Cities” and several “Sanctuary States” and yet the federal government under the current administration as well as the previous administration not only fails to act to prevent such outrageous violations of federal law, it encourages such violations of federal law.  

Consider that under 8 USC § 1324 – Bringing in and harboring certain aliens, a section of law that is comprehended within the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), it is a felony to aid, abet, encourage or induce aliens to enter our country illegally or remain in our country illegally.

Here is an excerpt from that section of law:

Title 8, U.S.C. § 1324(a) Offenses

Title 8, U.S.C. § 1324(a) defines several distinct offenses related to aliens. Subsection 1324(a)(1)(i)-(v) prohibits alien smuggling, domestic transportation of unauthorized aliens, concealing or harboring unauthorized aliens, encouraging or inducing unauthorized aliens to enter the United States, and engaging in a conspiracy or aiding and abetting any of the preceding acts. Subsection 1324(a)(2) prohibits bringing or attempting to bring unauthorized aliens to the United States in any manner whatsoever, even at a designated port of entry. Subsection 1324(a)(3).
Harboring — Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(iii) makes it an offense for any person who — knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals harbors, shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation.
Encouraging/Inducing — Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv) makes it an offense for any person who — encourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law.
Conspiracy/Aiding or Abetting — Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(v) expressly makes it an offense to engage in a conspiracy to commit or aid or abet the commission of the foregoing offenses.
The bottom line is that for various reasons, mostly dealing with perceived political gain by those politicians who are willing to play politics with America’s national security and the safety and well-being of Americans that these politicians were elected to represent, there are politicians who are betraying their oaths of office and their promises to their constituents.
Perhaps those who favor Comprehensive Immigration Reform should be made to answer a simple question, “Would you be willing to terminate efforts at border security and the inspections process that is conducted by the CBP inspectors at ports of entry?  The point is that if the U.S. government is willing to provide lawful status to unknown millions of illegal aliens who whose very presence in the United States represents a violation of our immigration laws then why should any alien seeking to enter the United States be inspected?
Why should the United States spend money to run facilities and pay the salaries of the Border Patrol Agents and CBP Inspectors at ports of entry along with support personnel if these laws are not really important?
Would you feel safe if airliners arriving from other countries would be permitted to pull into gates at our airports next to arriving domestic flights and simply permit the passengers from Japan, Colombia, Thailand, England, Jamaica, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Russia and elsewhere simply gather up their belongings and head for any place they wish without speaking to anyone except, perhaps a taxi driver to tell him where they want to go?
If this makes no sense to you, then it should make no sense that aliens who evade the inspections process that is intended to prevent the entry of criminals, terrorists and others who would pose a threat to our national security, safety and well-being be provided with lawful status and identity documents when there is no way of knowing with reasonable certainty what their true identities are or why they actually entered the United States.
A review of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1182, which codifies the various categories of aliens who are to be excluded from the United States, should make the true importance of the inspections process and the need for secure borders abundantly clear.

On July 3, 2013 the Washington Times published my Op-Ed:

I suggest you take the time to read my article.
Our immigration laws were enacted to achieve two primary goals, protect innocent lives and the jobs of American workers.  Any program that undermines the effective enforcement and administration of our immigration laws undermines these two critical goals.

Immigration is not a single issue but a singular issue that impacts nearly every challenge and threat confronting the United States today!  

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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“Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Undermining National Security and Public Safety for Political Expedience”

Michael W. Cutler, Senior Special Agent, INS (Ret.)

Senior Fellow, Californians for Population Stabilization

The 9/11 Commission was created, in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to determine what vulnerabilities contributed to the worst terrorist attack ever carried out on American soil to prevent future attacks. This is not unlike the commission that was convened after the Space Shuttle Challenger was lost to a devastating explosion 72 seconds after liftoff. This is not unlike the way that the NTSB investigates every airplane crash- to do everything within reason, to prevent a similar tragedy by determining the cause(s) of a plane crash and making certain that appropriate remedies are found and implemented.

Once the NTSB and other agencies and experts establish what remedies are needed to prevent future tragedies, these changes are implemented as quickly as possible. No one would dare question whether or not to make the appropriate fixes.

This is only commonsense.

Members of the 9/11 Commission staff took a hard look at the way that terrorists who have entered the United States and sought to carry out attacks in the United States put together a report, The 9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist Travel.

The preface of the 9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist Travel stated:

It is perhaps obvious to state that terrorists cannot plan and carry out attacks in the United States if they are unable to enter the country.

However, supporters of S. 744 have totally ignored the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission and its staff. Many of these supporters have even rejected the need to secure the U.S./Mexican border or address any of the myriad other vulnerabilities in the immigration system.

Supporters of S.744 utterly ignore the current lack of integrity to the adjudications process by which aliens are granted immigration benefits including lawful immigrant status and even United States citizenship never even considering how a system that cannot handle its current workload could deal with a sudden influx of millions of additional applications.

On March 21, 2012, the Huffington Post published a disconcerting article that focused on a hearing conducted that day by the House Committee on Homeland Security. The article was entitled:

Peter King: Iran May Have ‘Hundreds’ Of Hezbollah Agents In U.S.

The hearing referenced in the news article was on the topic:

Iran, Hezbollah, and the Threat to the Homeland”

Here is how the Huffington Post article began:

WASHINGTON — Iranian-backed Hezbollah agents, not al Qaeda operatives, may pose the greatest threat on U.S. soil as tensions over Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program ratchet up, according to the Republican chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.

“As Iran moves closer to nuclear weapons and there is increasing concern over war between Iran and Israel, we must also focus on Iran’s secret operatives and their number one terrorist proxy force, Hezbollah, which we know is in America,” said New York Rep. Peter King at a Wednesday hearing of his committee.

Recent closings of US embassies have made it clear that al Qaeda continues to have the United States in its crosshairs, posing a clear and present danger to America and Americans.

On July 30, 2013 the Washington Times published a truly disturbing report:

Homeland Security loses track of 1 million foreigners; report could hurt immigration deal

It was also disturbing that the focus of the title and the article itself was on how this monumental failure would impact the “immigration deal” instead of how this undermines national security!

Any proposed immigration legislation must be guided by, and consistent with, the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.  It is not sufficient that mere words be put on paper but that adequate resources for effective, comprehensive enforcement and administration of laws be made available, with a clear mandate to make certain that the letter and spirit of the 9/11 Commission findings and recommendations be fully implemented as a starting point.

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