"Debate Rises Over Deporting Haitian Criminals or Releasing Them Into U.S. Communities "

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From: Michael Cutler <mcutler007@aol.com>
Date: January 15, 2011 1:25:40 AM PST
To: Michael Cutler <Mcutler007@aol.com>
Subject: I was interviewed: Fox News: “Debate Rises Over Deporting Haitian Criminals or Releasing Them Into U.S. Communities ”

Hi Gang:
I was recently interviewed by a Fox News reporter, Diane Macedo, about statements made by “human rights” groups along with other advocacy groups that oppose nearly every effort for our nation to enforce its immigration laws.  This past January 11th the news report in which I was quoted appeared on the Web and I decided to provide you with that news article below.
If you wonder why I placed the term “Human Rights” in quotation marks it is because as I noted during my interview that somehow the human rights of the citizens and lawful immigrants of the United States have been cast aside by those who do not believe that our nation has the right- indeed the obligation, to remove aliens from our country whose continues presence in the United States poses a threat to national security and/or community safety.
The hypocrisy behind the supposed reasoning is nothing short of stunning!
Consider one of the individuals noted in the article:
“Roland Joseph, a 43-year-old legal immigrant sentenced to six months in prison on two counts of drug possession with intent to sell who is the sole provider for his four children, ages 22, 19, 16, and 12, and his 2-year-old grandchild.” 
Mr. Joseph was a lawful immigrant- he had a “Green Card” and was on the pathway to United States citizenship.  He secured for himself all of the possibilities that lawful status in our country provide and he made a conscious decision to engage in the sale of narcotics.  He is described as being the “sole provider” for his four children and his two year old grandchild.  I am underwhelmed that he apparently sought to “provide” for his children by selling drugs!
The great majority of crimes in the United States are directly or indirectly related to the drug trade.  I cannot muster any sympathy for an individual who engages in the sale of narcotics.
As I noted during my interview, any alien who succeeds in securing lawful immigrant status, especially an alien who comes from a country suffering from abject poverty should be extremely aware of how important staying within the laws of our country should be even if for no other reason than selfish reasons- to avoid being sent back to the country from when he came.
If “Human Rights” organizations believe that conditions in other countries are deplorable, and indeed they often are, then those groups should place the blame where it belongs, with the governments of those countries who fail to respect human rights.
Diane Macedo did an excellent job of capturing the salient points of my interview so my commentary today will be brief.  I only ask that you read her report and remember that the government of the United States must, first and foremost, take the well being of our nation and our citizens into account when decisions are made.
The goal of effective immigration law enforcement should be to prevent the entry of aliens into our country if their presence would be harmful to our nation and/or our citizens.  The corollary of this is that our government should seek to use the immigration laws to seek the removal (deportation) of aliens who, after entry, conduct themselves in such a matter that they prove they have become a threat to the well being of our nation and/or our citizens as evidenced by being convicted of committing felonies.
You would think that such goals would be commonsense and appreciated by any sentient person, but then it would appear for all too many commonsense and reasonableness have vanished!
Many of the criminal aliens who are in prison committed crimes that involve victims.  
Removing criminal aliens from our country can help to prevent more innocent victims from being harmed by criminal aliens and represents a commonsense method of lowering rates of recidivism. 
The outrage is that our government continues to fail to secure its borders and create an immigration system that has real integrity.  This places our nation and our citizens at risk.


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 resolve this year to get involved!

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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Debate Rises Over Deporting Haitian Criminals or Releasing Them Into U.S. Communities

By Diane Macedo

Human rights groups are protesting moves by Immigrations
Customs Enforcement to deport some 350 Haitians with criminal records in
January, as the temporary protected status for earthquake victims comes
to a close.

The groups say that sending the criminals back to the cholera infested country is a death sentence.

Haiti is still buried under rubble and even the basic necessities
like water and healthcare are still out of reach for many people.

But supporters of the deportations say the groups are exaggerating
the conditions that await these deported criminals — which include
murderers, kidnappers, and other violent criminals – and that keeping
them in the U.S. puts Americans’ safety at risk.

The U.S. halted deportations to Haiti
after the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake. A year later, Immigrations Customs
Enforcement says either it must send Haitian criminals that have served
their time back to Haiti or release them into the American public.

“ICE is legally required to repatriate criminal aliens to their
country of origin or release them into U.S. communities if their
repatriation is not reasonably foreseeable,” ICE spokeswoman Barbara
Gonzalez said in a statement.

Given the options, the agency says in mid January it will start
deporting Haitians convicted of violent crimes who have completed their

“ICE expects to remove approximately 700 criminal aliens from Haiti in 2011,” an ICE official told FoxNews.com.

According to a petition
filed by The University of Miami School of Law Human Rights Clinic and
Immigration Clinic, The Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, Alternative
Chance, The Center for Constitutional Rights, and the Loyola Law Clinic
and Center for Social Justice to the Inter-American Commission on Human
Rights against the deportations, that list  includes:

  • Gary Resil, a 61-year-old legal immigrant convicted in the U.S. of
    theft and racketeering who suffers from serious medical conditions that
    require daily medication, which he will not be able to get once
    incarcerated in Haiti.
  • Harry Mocombe, a 30-year-old legal immigrant convicted of burglary
    and other offenses involving theft and dealing in stolen property whose
    6-year-old son, a U.S. citizen, suffers from the disease Canavan and
    needs constant care.
  • Roland Joseph, a 43-year-old legal immigrant sentenced to six months
    in prison on two counts of drug possession with intent to sell who is
    the sole provider for his four children, ages 22, 19, 16, and 12, and
    his 2-year-old grandchild.
  • Evel Camelian, a 53-year-old illegal immigrant ordered removed from the country due to a drug conviction.
  • Pierre Louis is a 27-year-old convicted of misdemeanor battery,
    stealing a bookbag and falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen who suffers
    schizophrenia and will be forced to live without medication if incarcerated in Haiti.

Gonzalez said for privacy reasons she could not confirm, deny or
discuss any specific cases without a privacy waiver. But an ICE official
told FoxNews.com, “Those facing removal have been convicted of crimes
like homicide, kidnapping, sexual assault, aggravated assault, burglary,
larceny, embezzlement, money laundering and extortion.”

Regardless of their crimes, the groups says these criminals should
stay in the U.S. saying the Haitian government detains all deportees
with criminal records upon arrival, even if they’ve served their
sentences abroad, in inhumane conditions. And, due to the earthquake,
they say most deportees have little to no family to advocate for their
release or bring them food and water.

“These deportations will compound a catastrophic public health and
humanitarian crisis in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere,”
said Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, Director of the Human Rights Clinic at
University of Miami School of Law. “It is simply unconscionable to
resume deportations to Haiti on the one-year anniversary of one of the
most devastating natural disasters in world history, especially as a
cholera epidemic rages across the country.”

The ACLU agrees.

“Our government should not engage in the forced removal of people to
any country when the consequences of such removal would be to subject
them to persecution,
or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment. Such is the case at this
moment in Haiti,” the ACLU of Florida and Florida Congresswoman
Frederica Wilson wrote in similar plea to
President Obama on the issue.

But Immigration Analyst and Former Immigration and Naturalization
Service Agent Michael Cutler says like all other nations, the U.S. is
under no obligation to permit alien criminals to remain in the United

“If the countries from whence they came are hellish, then there is
all the more reason why they should have stayed out of trouble!” Cutler
told FoxNews.com.

Cutler says lots of countries around the world have hellish
circumstances for their citizens and “it would be nice if we could make
them all like more like the U.S., but we can’t.” More importantly, he
says, these people actually got their chance to live here and escape
whatever troubles they had at home and they blew it.

“You got into the life boat and now you’re punching holes in the life
boat? How much more stupid can you be?” he said. “We’re being told
about the human rights of the criminals what about the human rights of
their victims? In clubs they have bouncers, and if you walk in there and
start throwing bottles around they’re going to kick you out. Isn’t that
what America should do?”

Republican Iowa Congressman Steve King says those slated to be sent
back probably should be sent back and he says that open border advocates
are exploiting the Haitian tragedy and exaggerating conditions to
further their own agendas.

The conditions and policies in Haiti are “something that the
secretary of state’s office likely has evaluated and if they have not
intervened on their [deportees’] behalf then it’s a pretty good bet that
the people that they’re looking to deport are particularly deserving
folks,” King told FoxNews.com “… I think Secretary of State Clinton
would be very likely to intervene if there were cases that were
particularly deserving of some type of clemency.”

Despite the protests, Gonzalez says ICE is working with the Haitian
Government on the deportations and will continue as planned. 

“ICE is resuming the removal of criminal aliens in coordination with
the Government of Haiti and consistent with our domestic immigration
enforcement priorities,” she said.


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