"With Friends Like Theseâ?¦"

Hi Gang:

I am providing you with my most recent commentary for CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization).  The predication for this commentary was a truly disturbing news article that reported on how teenagers living in California are being recruited to work for the Mexican drug cartels.

Time and again I have made the point that those who stand to make huge profits by exploiting increasing numbers of illegal aliens will do and say anything to keep that flood of illegal aliens coming!  They make all sorts of terrible allegations about those of us who understand the absolute need for secure borders and an immigration system that prevents the entry and continued presence, in our country, of aliens whose presence poses a serious threat to the safety and well being of those who live in the United States including citizens and members of the immigrant communities.  

I have often drawn the analogy between CBP (Customs and Border Protection) Inspectors and a responsible homeowner who, upon hearing his (her) doorbell ring or a knock at the door looks carefully through the peephole before opening the door to a stranger seeking to enter his home.  I am quite familiar with that process because, as you may know, for the first four years of my career with the INS, beginning back in October 1971, I was an Immigration Inspector assigned to John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Carefully scrutinizing a stranger to your home before you permit them to enter does not make you anti-social but prudent!

For our nation to carefully scrutinize aliens who seek to enter our country before we admit them into our country does not involve bigotry or racism but commonsense!

It is not an act of bigotry that motives enforcement personnel of ICE and CBP to enforce the immigration laws but a dedication to the Constitution and to the safety of our nation and our citizens!

We live in a particularly perilous era with our nation’s security and our citizens’ lives being threatened by terrorists and transnational gangs from the four corners of the globe.  The immigration laws are supposed to protect our nation and citizens from aliens who would commit crimes in the United States, bring dangerous communicable diseases to our nation or take jobs desperately needed by American workers.  

Meanwhile the so-called “Pro-Immigrant” groups essentially cry, “Fire!” to create a stamped- not to cause people to run from a building at great personal risk, but to run towards a false ideology that obfuscates the truth!

Those who enforce our immigration laws are actually performing a vital mission that should be seen as a logical component of national security and is, in reality, an extension of the efforts of our valiant men and women of our nation’s military services.  After all, the primary mission of our military is supposed to be to keep our nation’s enemies as far from our shores as possible.  The immigration laws are supposed to deal with such individuals who manage to get past our military- as well as other foreign nationals who pose a threat.

The actions by the Mexican cartels within our nation’s borders to exploit Latino teenagers in the United States make it clear that the most likely people to be harmed when our borders are not secure and criminals are able to enter our country are the members of the Latino community.  It is especially insidious when those members of the Latino community are vulnerable children- teenagers who should be beginning lives of wonderful possibilities but who are likely to die young or wind up in the dead end of a prison cell, once they get caught up in the violence of the drug trade, to do the bidding of the cartel leaders!

The immigration laws that so many politicians and members of the administration are unwilling to enforce are at the bedrock of national security and the other issues and challenges that confront our nation today.

Show me a politician who refuses to enforce the immigration laws or attempts to trivialize these laws, and I will show you a politician who needs to find out what it is like to stand on the unemployment line!

Benjamin Franklin, in discussing our then fledgeling nation. said that they had given us a republic if we could keep it!

What he was making clear was that this democratic republic required that its citizens take their citizenship seriously and keep the political leaders accountable.

It is time for the citizens of our nation to make certain that our nation’s leaders, on all levels, to come to terms with the fundamental fact that the purpose of our immigration laws is to protect our nation and our citizens from aliens whose presence has the potential to have a serious adverse impact.  Ignoring those laws exposes our nation and our citizens to a variety of serious threats and challenges ranging from national security and criminal justice and public safety to the economy, the environment, healthcare and education!

A country without secure borders can no more stand than can a house without walls!


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.

For far too long our citizens demonstrated apathy which 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. 

It is therefore understandable that the politicians of both parties, are greatly concerned about the demonstrations currently sweeping our nation just as did the creation of the Tea Party.  Clearly  more and more of our fellow Americans are demonstrating that they are not as dumb as the politicians from both parties had expected us to be!

I am encouraged that more and more of us, We the People, are not willing to simply sit on the sidelines anymore!

I believe our nation’s is greatly benefited by the rich diversity of our people which is why I could never imagine living anywhere except New York City, arguably the most diverse city in our nation if not, in fact, the world.  However, my idea of diversity most certainly does not include members of MS-13, the Mexican drug cartels or members of other transnational gangs or members of al-Qaeda!

I also believe that the original purpose of our nation’s immigration laws need to be be brought “front and center” to make certain that our nation does not permit the entry of aliens into our country whose presence in our country is problematic for the citizens of our nation and that if such aliens do succeed in entering our country that our nation have the resources, integrity and dedication to do everything possible to make it impossible for such aliens to function within our country so that even if they are not apprehended, they will find it pointless to remain in the United States.
As I have noted on a number of occasions, “No one would break into the amusement park if they could not get to go on the rides and no one remains in the amusement park at the end of the day when they turn shut down the rides and turn off the lights!” 

If our government’s failures to secure our nation’s borders and effectively enforce 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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With Friends Like These…

There is a well known expression that asks, “With friends like these, who needs enemies?”

Today there are organizations that are described as being
“pro-immigrant.”  These groups demand that immigration laws not be
enforced and that illegal aliens should be entitled to a pathway to
lawful status and even United States citizenship.  Often the members of
these groups use vile accusations to describe anyone who would dare call
for the enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws as being racists,
bigots and xenophobes.  What they conveniently ignore is the fundamental
fact that illegal aliens who violate our nation’s immigration laws by
running our nation’s borders leave no record of their entry and may well
have evaded the inspections process that is supposed to prevent the
entry of aliens into our country whose presence would pose a problem or
threat to the safety and well being of our nation and our citizens.

These open borders advocates, whom I have come to refer to as
immigration anarchists, attempt to convince politicians that the only
way to entice Latino voters into voting for them is to provide pathways
to United States citizenship to millions of illegal aliens whose true
identities, backgrounds, intentions and potential affiliation with
criminals and terrorists is unknown and unknowable.  They also attempt
to convince politicians to not enforce immigration laws, to provide
instate tuition for illegal aliens.

These immigration anarchists also do their best to convince members
of the immigrant communities that anyone who wants our nation’s borders
secured has taken that position out of bigotry and hatred for ethnic and
racial minorities.

This is a divisive approach that is aimed at providing these
purveyors of false claims and accusations with money and political
power.  Regardless of what they say, most of these people understand
that illegal aliens will face unspeakable exploitation and that the most
likely workers to lose their jobs to illegal aliens are members of
America’s ethnic and racial minority communities.  It must be presumed
that they also know that the most likely victims of ethnic organized
crime that is perpetrated by transnational criminals are the members of
the same ethnicity, especially within the immigrant communities.

The December 30th edition of the Huffington Post “Latino Voices” ran an article with a disconcerting title: “Mexican Drug Cartels Recruit Young Latinos In Southern California

Here are the first few paragraphs from that report:

Mexican drug cartels, in a disturbing new trend, are luring young
people from Southern California to smuggle drugs across the border and
carry out other illicit work for the criminal enterprises, according to
law enforcement officials and youth activists.

The result: More than 5,000 young people, most of them Latinos, have
been held in San Diego County jails over the last two years, according to KPBS San Diego.

Many of the young people were involved in street gangs, making them
easier to recruit, and the crimes that landed them behind bars included
assaults, robbery, drug trafficking or consumption. Their proximity to the U.S.-Mexico border made it easier for them to fall prey to the advances of the Mexican drug cartels.

Many times, children as young as 11 years old, who are referred to as the “The expendables,” according to The National Post,
are recruited to smuggle drugs across the border because it is believed
they’ll attract less law enforcement attention than adults.

Here is yet another disturbing paragraph from the report:

“Children are involved in various forms including drug
trafficking, kidnappings, extortions, smuggling, piracy, corruptions,
etc…The youngest ones work as vigilantes and the older ones work with
the drug trafficking. Once they are 16 years old, they are usually hired
as paid assassins. Girls are usually involved with the drug packaging.”

I can tell you from my own experiences as a member of the DEA Unified
Intelligence Division in New York City and then when I was promoted to
the position of Senior Special Agent and assigned to the Organized Crime
Drug Enforcement Task Force for approximately a decade, beginning in
1991, that transnational drug trafficking organizations operating in the
New York area also used young children as well as adults by extorting
cooperation from the members of the immigrant communities through a
number of tactics.  One of those tactics involved threatening to do harm
to family members of immigrants back in their home countries.  This was
not limited to the Mexican immigrant community, nor was it limited to
the Latino immigrant community but was, in fact, a tactic that was often
employed- to great advantage by a wide variety of transnational gangs
and criminal organizations from nearly every country on earth!

The exploitation of vulnerable people, especially children is vile
and reprehensible, yet failures to secure our nation borders and
failures to enforce our nation’s immigration laws don’t help immigrants
as the immigration anarchists would claim, but, in reality, imperil
their safety and the safety of their family members, even back in their
home countries!

The two links below relate to the FBI’s newest gang threat assessment
(inexplicably, the full length FBI Gang Threat Assessment report has
been removed from the internet):

Here is a worthwhile quote from this website:

The key findings from the 2011 assessment:

    • There are approximately 1.4 million active street, prison, and
      outlaw motorcycle gang members in more than 33,000 gangs operating in
      all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. (Those numbers
      reflect an increase from 2009 figures, due primarily to more
      comprehensive reporting from law enforcement and enhanced gang
      recruiting efforts.)
      Gangs are responsible for an average of 48
      percent of violent crime in most jurisdictions and up to 90 percent in
      several others.
    • Gangs are increasingly engaging in non-traditional gang-related
      crimes like alien smuggling, human trafficking, and prostitution, as
      well as white-collar crimes like counterfeiting, identity theft, and
      mortgage fraud… primarily due to the high profitability and much lower
      visibility and risk of detection and punishment than drug and weapons
    • Gang members are acquiring high-powered, military-style weapons
      and equipment, which poses a significant threat because of the potential
      to engage in lethal encounters with law enforcement and citizens alike.
    • Gangs are becoming increasingly adaptable and sophisticated,
      employing new and advanced technology—including social networking
      websites—to carry out criminal activity discreetly and connect with
      other gang members, criminal organizations, and potential recruits
      around the country and around the world.

Gang growth.

Law enforcement officials
nationwide have reported an expansion of African, Asian, Eurasian,
Caribbean, and Middle Eastern gangs. The so-called Sureno
gangs—Mexican-American street gangs that originated in the barrios of
Southern California—are also expanding, and faster than other
national-level gangs, both geographically and in terms of membership.
Those gangs include Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), 18th Street, and Florencia

Law enforcement agencies also noted the growing problem of hybrid
gangs—non-traditional gangs with multiple affiliations that are present
in at least 25 states. Because of their multiple affiliations, as well
as different ethnicities, migratory nature, and nebulous structure,
hybrid gangs are tough for law enforcement to identify and target.

Gangs along the border.

Along the
Southwest border, U.S.-based gangs assist in the smuggling of drugs,
arms, and illegal immigrants and serve as enforcers for Mexican drug
trafficking organizations’ interests on the U.S. side of the border.
Gangs also pose a growing problem for law enforcement along the
U.S.-Canada border—smuggling drugs, cigarettes, firearms, and

Law enforcement response.

Local, state,
and federal law enforcement agencies—working with international
partners as appropriate—remain committed to disrupting and dismantling
illegal gang activities through intelligence-driven investigations. The
FBI’s 168 violent crime “Safe Streets” task forces around the country
are a prime example of law enforcement cooperation at its best—during
the past 10 years, task force investigations have resulted in
convictions of more than 23,000 gang members, associates, and other

Meanwhile on December 16, 2011 Yahoo News posted a worrying news report with the troubling title: FBI Says Gang Infiltrators Stealing Military Weapons For Sale On U.S. Streets

While not all gang members are aliens, the FBI now estimates that
some 1.4 million active gang members are now plying their “trades” in
all 50 states.  While there are no readily available statistics that
provide information as to how many of those 1.4 million active gang
members are aliens 10% of the total number of gang members would
represent some 140,000 violent criminals!  It must be presumed that far
more than 10% of the gang members are aliens!

The bottom line is that there are likely hundreds of thousands of
transnational alien gang members operating throughout the United States,
yet Janet Napolitano seeks to assuage the understandably grave concerns
many Americans have about the lack of security to be found along the
borders of the United States, when, in fact, those borders serve as
little more than “speed bumps” to the transnational gangs who smuggle
aliens, narcotics and God knows what else across the borders into the
United States!

Imagine what military training would mean for sociopathic and
extremely violent gang members- also consider what this would mean for
law enforcement officials or civilians who cross paths with such
pernicious criminals- especially if those criminals have managed to
acquire high-powered military weapons!

For so-called pro-immigrant groups to advocate for open borders and a
cessation of immigration law enforcement in this perilous era shows
that they could not care less about the well being of those they claim
to be looking out for!  In fact, anyone who thinks that these
“Pro-Immigrant” organizations are working on behalf of the best
interests of the lawful immigrants living in the United States would
likely be gullible enough to believe that the person who places cheese
on a mousetrap is being compassionate and simply feeding hungry mice!

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