My policy brief: "The Liberal Case for Effective Immigration Law Enforcement"

Hi Gang:
 Progressives for Immigration Reform, a Washigton-based organization, published my policy brief today.
The title of my brief is:
I urge you to take the time to read it.

The Liberal Case for Effective Immigration Law Enforcement

October 8, 2014 | Michael Cutler | Policy Brief 14-2

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Kindly forward this e-mail to as many folks as you can and ask that they, in turn, do the same.  I am attempting to create a “Bucket Brigade of Truth!”
For many years the public perception about immigration has been that  political conservatives want our borders secured and our immigration laws enforced while political liberals and progressives are opposed to effective immigration law enforcement.  The reality is far different.  
The immigration system has a profound impact on America and Americans in ways that are rarely discussed by the media or by most politicians.  Irrespective of political orientation all reasonable Americans are very concerned about national security, public safety and, increasingly, with issues concerning public health- especially in the wake of the growing Ebola outbreak in Africa and the fact that for the first time a patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, has died of the Ebola virus in the United States after he lied to Liberian officials as he boarded an airliner to the United States.
Americans are also concerned about crime and violence, economic issues including the growing national debt, increasing unemployment of American workers and the shrinking middle class and growing numbers of Americans living below the poverty line.
As I noted in my paper, effective immigration enforcement is not about “Left” or “Right” but about right or wrong.
All of the issues I noted above and many others are also heavily impacted by the failures of the administration to secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws.  However, while this administration is, without a doubt, the worst at actually securing our border and enforcing our immigration laws, me must remember that previous administrations from both sides of the political aisle also failed at these two critical issues.  President Jimmy Carter began the artful use of language to mandate that INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) employees stop using the term “illegal alien” to describe aliens who were illegally present in the United States.  His administration also mandated that illegal aliens not be arrested by INS personnel during the census unless authorization was secured from INS Headquarters.  The apparent goal was to make certain that all illegal aliens were included in the census as a form of gerrymandering.  
President Reagan signed the first amnesty into law and never hired additional INS special agents even though it was widely known and accepted that the failures of enforcement enabled the growing population of illegal aliens to enter the United States.
We can find additional examples of how additional administrations failed at what should be a most fundamental mission for the government of the United States- protect the lives and jobs of Americans.  Let us remember that our borders and our immigration laws are our first line and last line of defense against those who pose a threat to our safety and well-being.
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. 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,

On June 13, 2013 I was interviewed by Neil Cavuto at Fox News on the topic:

The interview ran about 4 minutes and is worth watching.

CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization) posted my commentary that asks the questions all Americans need to ask their political “representatives.”  My commentary is aptly titled:  “How? Why?

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.

The findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission must be the starting point for any discussion about immigration legislation.  That commission 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.

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.  In point of fact, our borders and our immigration laws are America’s first line of defense and last line of defense against international terrorists and transnational criminals.
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!

-michael cutler- 

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The Liberal Case for Effective Immigration Law Enforcement

October 8, 2014 | Michael Cutler | Policy Brief 14-2

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