On the radio this afternoon, Weds. Sept. 25th at 4:00 PM Eastern Time on "The Right Side" hosted by Armstrong Williams

Hi Gang:

This afternoon, Wednesday, September 25th, at 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Saving Time, I will be on Armstrong Williams’ radio show “The Right Side” for a full hour.

We will be discussing a number of issues including the al-Shabab terror attack of the mall in Kenya and how effective immigration law enforcement and border security need to be part of an overall strategy to protect America and Americans from the specter of terrorist attacks in the United States.

I have attached, to the bottom of this e-mail, an excerpt from the  9/11 Commission Report about the true importance of the immigration system to combatting terrorism.  When the NTSB responds to a plane crash they do so to determine what went wrong to make certain that the cause for the crash is fully determined and understood to prevent future such crashes and tragedies.  This was the purpose, ostensibly to the creation of the 9/11 Commission.  As you read the excerpt ask yourself how seriously these findings and recommendations are being considered and acted upon 12 years after 9/11.  To put this in perspective- consider that it took the United States just 44 months to respond to the attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 2941.  Today we are 144 months from the attacks of 9/11.  Furthermore, in 1993 the United States was attacked on two separate occasions by aliens from the Middle East who had gamed the visa process and immigration benefits program.  These attacks occurred nearly 21 years ago and the fundamental flaws in the immigration system that enabled those terrorists to enter the United States and embed themselves in the United States as they went about their preparation to attack us have still not been effectively addressed!
I hope you will be listening!

Here is the link to his terrific show that airs on Radio Station WGCV:

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!  

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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Excerpt from the   9/11 Commission Report: 

The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), with its 9,000 Border

Patrol agents, 4,500 inspectors, and 2,000 immigration special agents, had per-

haps the greatest potential to develop an expanded role in counterterrorism.

However, the INS was focused on the formidable challenges posed by illegal

entry over the southwest border, criminal aliens, and a growing backlog in the

applications for naturalizing immigrants.The White House, the Justice Department,

and above all the Congress reinforced these concerns. In addition, when

Doris Meissner became INS Commissioner in 1993, she found an agency seri-

ously hampered by outdated technology and insufficient human resources. Bor-

der Patrol agents were still using manual typewriters; inspectors at ports of entry

were using a paper watchlist; the asylum and other benefits systems did not

effectively deter fraudulent applicants.


Commissioner Meissner responded in 1993 to the World Trade Center

bombing by providing seed money to the State Department’s Consular Affairs

Bureau to automate its terrorist watchlist, used by consular officers and border

inspectors. The INS assigned an individual in a new “lookout” unit to work

with the State Department in watchlisting suspected terrorists and with the

intelligence community and the FBI in determining how to deal with them

when they appeared at ports of entry. By 1998, 97 suspected terrorists had been

denied admission at U.S. ports of entry because of the watchlist.


How to conduct deportation cases against aliens who were suspected terrorists

caused significant debate.The INS had immigration law expertise and

authority to bring the cases, but the FBI possessed the classified information

sometimes needed as evidence, and information-sharing conflicts resulted.

New laws in 1996 authorized the use of classified evidence in removal hear-

ings, but the INS removed only a handful of the aliens with links to terrorist

activity (none identified as associated with al Qaeda) using classified evidence.


Midlevel INS employees proposed comprehensive counterterrorism pro-


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posals to management in 1986, 1995, and 1997. No action was taken on them.

In 1997, a National Security Unit was set up to handle alerts, track potential

terrorist cases for possible immigration enforcement action, and work with the

rest of the Justice Department. It focused on the FBI’s priorities of Hezbollah

and Hamas, and began to examine how immigration laws could be brought to

bear on terrorism. For instance, it sought unsuccessfully to require that CIA

security checks be completed before naturalization applications were



Policy questions, such as whether resident alien status should be

revoked upon the person’s conviction of a terrorist crime, were not addressed.

Congress, with the support of the Clinton administration, doubled the num-

ber of Border Patrol agents required along the border with Mexico to one

agent every quarter mile by 1999. It rejected efforts to bring additional

resources to bear in the north.The border with Canada had one agent for every

13.25 miles. Despite examples of terrorists entering from Canada, awareness of

terrorist activity in Canada and its more lenient immigration laws, and an

inspector general’s report recommending that the Border Patrol develop a

northern border strategy, the only positive step was that the number of Border

Patrol agents was not cut any further.


Inspectors at the ports of entry were not asked to focus on terrorists. Inspec-

tors told us they were not even aware that when they checked the names of

incoming passengers against the automated watchlist, they were checking in

part for terrorists. In general, border inspectors also did not have the informa-

tion they needed to make fact-based determinations of admissibility.The INS

initiated but failed to bring to completion two efforts that would have pro-

vided inspectors with information relevant to counterterrorism—a proposed

system to track foreign student visa compliance and a program to establish a way

of tracking travelers’ entry to and exit from the United States.


In 1996, a new law enabled the INS to enter into agreements with state and

local law enforcement agencies through which the INS provided training and

the local agencies exercised immigration enforcement authority. Terrorist

watchlists were not available to them. Mayors in cities with large immigrant

populations sometimes imposed limits on city employee cooperation with fed-

eral immigration agents.A large population lives outside the legal framework.

Fraudulent documents could be easily obtained. Congress kept the number of

INS agents static in the face of the overwhelming problem.


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