Video of my interview for the Campus Tea Parties about the true importance of immigration

Hi Gang:

On January 8, 2014 I was interviewed about the true importance of immigration by Doreen Finkle of the Campus Tea Parties.  We discussed how Comprehensive Immigration Reform would undermine national security and America’s middle class.
Here is the link to the video of the 30 minute interview:

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While Doreen is a member of the Tea Party, the issue of immigration is not a “conservative issue,” nor is it a “liberal issue” but is, in reality, an American issue.  As I have noted repeatedly, America’s immigration laws were enacted to achieve two primary goals, protect innocent lives and the jobs of American workers.  Our borders are America’s first line of defense and America’s last line of defense.
Effective enforcement of our immigration laws would not only help to enhance national security and public safety, but create integrity to the component of the immigration system that protects the jobs of American workers at all levels, by seeking to uncover fraud that enables foreign workers to displace American workers who are ready, willing and able to do the job- often jobs they have been doing for many years, but have now lost their jobs to foreign workers.
On October 20, 2012 CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization) posted my commentary:  

“Leveling the Playing Field for American Workers”

In my soon to be posted commentary for the CAPS blog, entitled, “Crunch Time,” I noted that:  

In December 2011 “Dan Rather Reports” aired a disconcerting hour-long report on how highly educated and experienced American computer programmers are being replaced by programmers from India. The report was titled:

“Dan Rather Reports: No thanks for everything”

On May 15, 2007 a four minute infuriating video was aired on “Lou Dobbs Tonight” on CNN. It features an immigration lawyers’ conference in which lawyers were being coached to not find qualified U.S. workers!” The lecturer is identified in the video as being Lawrence M. Lebowitz, the Vice President of Marketing for the firm of Cohen & Grigsby.

This outrageous strategy is still being employed by immigration lawyers.

While some Tea Party groups have been willing to have an honest conversation about immigration and the impact failures to secure America’s borders and effectively enforce the immigration laws, it is incomprehensible that so-called “liberal” groups are willing to have that conversation or debate.
Flooding the labor pool with millions of additional foreign workers who are authorized to work in the United States undermines the jobs, wages and working conditions of American workers at all levels of the economic ladder.  The late Congresswoman, Barbara Jordan, a “liberal” Democrat who headed a bipartisan commission to examine the immigration issue in the mid 1990’s.  Unofficially, in homage to her, the commission has come to be known as the “Jordan Commission.”
The link to the report, in its entirety is:

Here is a segment of the report that focused on the legal side of immigration by which policies and priorities were set forth:

Legal Immigration: Setting Priorities

Here is the paragraph that focused on the admission of foreign workers and the way that American workers should be given the best opportunity to make certain that they do not suffer from unfair foreign competition:

Skill-Based Immigration
Immigration can support the national interest by bringing to the U.S. individuals whose skills would benefit our society. It also can help U.S. businesses compete in the global economy. This national interest in the competitiveness of business must be balanced by an equally compelling national interest in developing a U.S. workforce that has the skills necessary to compete in the global economy. Immigration policy can contribute to this national interest by: 

  • Focusing on the admission of highly-skilled individuals;
  • Giving employers access to a global labor market when they cannot identify U.S. workers with knowledge and expertise required for a specific job or when they demonstrate a labor shortage that cannot be filled through short-term training programs;
  • Helping companies conducting business, both in the United States and internationally, to reassign personnel as needed to maintain their competitiveness;
  • Encouraging entrepreneurial activities and other investment in the United States aimed at creation of jobs;
  • Providing a means of ensuring that U.S. workers are not displaced or otherwise adversely affected by the entry of foreign workers; and
  • Providing incentives or penalties to help ensure that employers in the U.S. engage in serious recruitment of American workers (for example, national rather than local recruitment where appropriate) and contribute significantly to the training of the comestic U.S. workforce.

The Commission recommends that the preferences for the admission of skill-based immigrants be reorganized to establish two categories: those subject to a lobor market test, which we would expect to be the norm; and those who, for significant and specific policy reasons, should be exempt from such a labor market test. Labor market testing requires a demonstration that a business has a bona fide need for the skills of a foreign worker and cannot find a qualified U.S. worker or one who could be readily trained for the intended job. 

The recommendations of the Jordan Commission are just words on a piece of paper unless resources are provided, with full support of the administration, to conduct investigations to make certain that indeed, foreign workers do not displace American workers.  This is a component of the interior enforcement of the Immigration and Nationality Act that is almost never noted by anyone in government or among the “journalists” who are quick to provide their perspectives on immigration.
When politicians state that they are willing to provide unknown millions of illegal aliens, who snuck into the United States to evade the inspections process that is supposed to prevent aliens who pose a threat to the safety and well being of America and Americans, they are ignoring the obvious, that  without secure borders and an immigration system that has integrity, our country cannot defend itself against terrorists, spies and transnational criminal organizations.
They are also making it abundantly clear that they are willing to flood the labor pool at a time when their is a record number of American workers who have given up looking for work and who, therefore, have abandoned their hopes of participating in the “American Dream!”
Having mentioned the “American Dream,” today, the “DREAMERS” who are illegal aliens who have until age 31 to file an application claiming that they were brought to the United States by their parents when they were teenagers, are being granted temporary lawful status and are being given official identity documents without so much as an in person interview.  There are no resources, either, for ICE to conduct field investigations to seek to uncover fraud.
This flies in the face of commonsense and the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.

On July 27, 2006 I testified before the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims on the topic:


Here is a link to a video of a segment of my testimony before that hearing provides crystal clarity about my grave concerns about the nexus between any such amnesty program and national security.
I articulated my concerns about the previous attempt to enact Comprehensive Immigration Refom 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!”  
My article was entitled:
Immigration bill a ‘No Go’
Here is a copy of that article:

Perhaps the highest profile hearing for which I have been called to testify took place on March 19, 2002 when I joined three other witnesses at a Congressional hearing that was convened by the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims, on the topic:
Here is the link to the transcript of the hearing in its entirety
Here is a link to the C-Span video of the hearing.  I hope you will take the time to watch this video and consider how much has not changed in the more than twelve years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001:

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!

-michael cutler- 

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