Washington Times: “Pressure rises to legalize migrants”

Hi Gang:

I have attached a disturbing news report below that appears in the Monday, April 26th edition of the Washington Times and makes it clear that the advocates for massive amnesty and a pathway to United States citizenship for unknown numbers of illegal aliens are revving up their efforts to make their goals the next item on the legislative agenda.

In New York City, in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 the NYPD implemented a program in which they said, “If you see something- say something!” The idea to this was that if anyone saw a potential threat that we should let our officials know so that they could take the appropriate action.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform constitutes one of the most serious threats to the security of our nation and the safety of our citizens and so I am saying something!

In 1986 our government enacted a sweeping amnesty program under the auspices of the “Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.” This legislative nightmare was sold to the American citizens and members of Congress as a “one time” opportunity for about one million illegal aliens to come out of the “shadows” so that the system could finally be set straight. The estimated number of illegal aliens who would avail themselves of the opportunity to legalize their immigration status ranged from 1 million to 1.5 million.

We were also told that for the first time, this bill would provide a powerful tool to turn off the “magnet” that draws illegal aliens into our country- the prospect of getting jobs, by making it a crime to knowingly hire illegal aliens.

The problem was that they never hired additional special agents for the INS so very few employers were ever investigated for knowingly hiring illegal aliens- let alone were punished! It was all a charade to create the illusion that the system would finally work- then and now, there is no real system!

Back then we were also told that the illegal aliens were doing the jobs Americans would not do.

I had a front row seat to this legalization process because, at the time, I was a special agent of the INS in New York.

Here is what actually happened:

Approximately 4 million illegal aliens emerged from the “shadows” and were placed on a pathway to United States citizenship. The huge discrepancy in the predicted number of aliens who would become legalized vs the actual number is believed to have been the result of two factors- the estimates were wrong and also because it is believed that many illegal aliens actually entered the United States long after the cutoff date and managed to game the immigration system. With so many applications and so few investigators and resources, the agency (INS) was unable to conduct field investigations into the statements made on legalization applications. If an alien who is “undocumented” walks into an immigration office without a shred of official documentation- that is why they are undocumented- there is no way of knowing who they really are. There is no way of knowing their true names or even their nationalities. I spent 30 years with the INS and I can tell you that there is no way on this planet that you can sit across the table from a person and determine that person’s identity or nationality without official documentation- and even on some occasions, it has been found that official documentation can be purchased from certain corrupt government officials from many countries around the world.

If this illegal aliens ran our nation’s border, there is no record as to when or where that person actually ran the border. If you are unable to determine who the person is and, if that person has used multiple false identities- there is often no way of knowing if that person ran our border ten weeks ago, ten months ago or ten years ago.

Further exacerbating this issue of rampant fraud was the fact that the law prohibited INS from providing any of the information contained in the applications for amnesty to any other law enforcement agency. This all but amounted to an open invitation to commit fraud!

If the system had no integrity when it was estimated that the number of illegal aliens who would participate in the amnesty was about one million- what happens when the number of illegal aliens is estimated to be 12 million- a number the advocates for amnesty and open borders claims is the magnitude of the illegal alien population. If, as in 1986 four times as many aliens emerge to participate in the “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” program- we could have 50 million aliens standing in line for their green cards and ultimately their citizenship certificates! Under current law, once these aliens become citizens they can apply for their extended families to legally immigrate to the United States. This means their parents and their siblings along with the spouses and minor children. If a newly minted citizen has 8 brothers and sisters who are married and have an average of 6 children each- you can see how quickly the number of new immigrants that would be lining up to enter our country would quickly become astronomical!

Meanwhile each and every day more and more illegal aliens would continue to run our nation’s borders. Additionally, it is estimated that 40% of the illegal aliens in our country did not run our nation’s borders but actually entered the United States through ports of entry and then, in one way or another, violated the terms of their admission.

Time and again, the open borders advocates claim that the illegal aliens do the work that Americans won’t do. Meanwhile how many Americans are unemployed or underemployed- taking jobs for substandard wages out of desperation? The point is that each and every day Americans trudge off to work in coal mines, construction sites (as my dad, a plumber, did) steel foundries or other dangerous, filthy and backbreaking jobs. It is not that Americans won’t do the jobs the illegal aliens do- it is that Americans expect to be paid living wages!

But here is the fly in the ointment- if you provide an illegal alien who has being accepting substandard wages to work under substandard and often illegally dangerous conditions- if you give that alien lawful status, he (she) will no longer accept those substandard wages or illegal conditions.

This is not conjecture- this is precisely what happened when 4 million illegal aliens were legalized as a result of the amnesty of 1986.

The unscrupulous employers, back then, did not generally appreciate the chutzpah of their workers demanding they be paid fair wages and decent working conditions- they simply fired these workers and hired the next wave of illegal aliens who are now among those demanding a pathway to United States citizenship!

Today there are additional factors that were not of particular concern to our leaders in 1986. These factors relate to two issues- the terrorist attacks of 1993 and of 2001 and the economic catastrophe that hammered our nation.

We have heard a number of politicians talk about the issuance of “tamper proof” identity documents to illegal aliens and the fact that every alien who would participate in “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” would undergo a “Security Check.”

I have made these points before but I believe that it is important to restate my reaction to these two issues.

First of all, no identity document is truly tamper proof- just as there is really no such thing as a “bullet proof” vest. Body armor is bullet resistant and no matter how thick it might be, no vest will stop all ammunition. Similarly no document is tamper proof- the best are simply tamper resistant. The bigger issue is not whether or not a document can be altered or counterfeited but rather the most basic question is what name should be put on that document in the first place?

This goes back to the issue of the application process and the so-called “security check.”

A security check has no similarity to a background investigation. When a background investigation is conducted, an investigator heads out from his office and actually knocks on doors and interviews an applicants neighbors, fellow worker, friends and family members. The investigator seeks to determine if the applicant he is investigating has used other names and is able to verify when and where the person he is investigating lived and worked. Inconsistencies that are discovered are then also investigated.

A security check simply involved running the name on the application and the fingerprints the applicant provides through a computer to determine if the prints or name sets off any alarms. If an individual has been careful to never be arrested and thus fingerprinted- and if the individual provides a false name, then the system will give that person a “clean bill of health” when he (she) might even be on the terror watch list!

Please stop and let this point sink in!

Today, we are being told that we are fighting them (the terrorists) “over there” so that we will not have to fight them “over here!”

Meanwhile, the terrorists who attacked our nation in 1993 at the CIA in January of that year and a month later when the first bombing of the World Trade Center was carried out, it happened “over here!”

On September 11, 2001 the attacks were carried out “over here.”

The terrorist attack at Fort Hood that left 13 dead and 30 wounded was carried out “over here” on November 5, 2009.

A number of high profile arrests conducted before attacks could be carried out on the New York City subway system, at Fort Dix in New Jersey, at a mall in Ohio and at a number of other venues “over here.”

Citizens of the United States as well as others are carefully and intrusively searched along with their belongings before they are permitted to board domestic airline flights within the United States, “over here” to make certain that no weapons are brought on board airliners.

In general, our expectations of freedom and privacy are being whittled away on a continual basis- all in the name of national security- but many of the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission to help protect our nation and our citizens from terrorist attacks have not been implemented and while it was determined that of the 94 terrorists identified as operating in our country in the decade leading up to the attacks of 9/11- immigration fraud and visa fraud was utilized by 59 of those terrorists to either enter our country and/or embed themselves in our country- members of Congress and the administration itself is gearing up to provide unknown millions, perhaps tens of millions of illegal aliens with lawful status and official identity documents even though we do not have a snow ball’s chance in hell of knowing their true names, potential affiliations with criminal or terrorist organizations!

It was this very same concern that prompted me to write an Op-Ed article for the Washington Times the last time the United States Senate attempted to ram Comprehensive Immigration Reform down our throats. I made the point that the name “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” was not an accurate name for the legislative detritus. I recommended a more accurate and descriptive name- I suggested it be referred to as the “Terrorist Assistance and Facilitation Act!”

You can read my article at:


I provided testimony to the 9/11 Commission and I would urge you to go to the link below and download a free copy of the “9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist Travel.”

As you read this report please ask yourself if it makes a single iota of sense to enact Comprehensive Immigration Reform for a long list of reasons- but begin with the issue of national security! As we were all taught as kids- Safety first!

On July 27, 2006 I testified at a hearing conducted by the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims on the topic:


You can review the transcript of that hearing in its entirety at:

Here is a link to a video of a portion of my testimony at that hearing (my comments back then are every bit as relevant today):
My dad used to say that in life there are no mistakes- only lessons- if we learn from what goes wrong and make certain to not repeat those mistakes. For him, and for me, it is inexcusable and unforgivable to repeat the same mistakes. To put it another way- insanity has been defined as doing the same things the same way and expecting a different outcome!

If reading this makes it difficult for you to sleep now- perhaps you could do something worthwhile- perhaps you might spend a couple of your sleepless hours writing letters to your elected representatives this evening and remind them that Election Day is just months away!

We the People can add to the consternation of these politicians who are failing to live up to their oaths of office by contacting them and making it abundantly clear that election day is coming and they should think of election day as their personal “Day of Reckoning!”

Our government must live up to its obligation of protecting its own citizens and, indeed, all who are present in our country from the criminals and terrorists who would threaten our lives and the survival of our nation and our way of life. In the end, the government is actually those who are elected to act as our “leaders.” Those who fail to truly lead and look out for those they are supposed to represent, need to be sent packing this coming Election Day!

If 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.

Any politician who refuses to work to secure our borders and create an immigration system that has integrity is either corrupt or too dumb to keep his (her) job. Any politician, irrespective of party affiliation who favors Comprehensive Immigration Reform and the outrageous betrayal that this would represent given the national security implications that this program would have, should be shown the door at the next election!

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!”

Later this year, each and every member of the House of Representatives is up for reelection. Later this year more than one third of the members of the United States Senate will have to face their constituents. They need to be reminded that they work for us, We the People!

However, 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 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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