REMOVE INCENTIVES THAT ATTRACT ILLEGAL ALIENS
Apparently, a previously deported criminal alien from Colombia, Pablo Castro, has found a new sort of "work" for "day laborers," he hires them to assist him in burglarizing the homes of well to do residents of towns in Long Island and as far away as Georgia and Florida. When law enforcement authorities ultimately catch up with Mr. Castro, he will not only face criminal charges for his having, allegedly, been involved in the burglaries detailed in a recent news story, he will also be facing prosecution for illegally re-entering the United States after deportation, a crime that caries a maximum penalty for criminal aliens who illegally return to the United States without permission, of up to 20 years of incarceration in a federal prison for that crime alone.
I heard about this article on the local CBS radio station in New York as I was preparing to attend a news conference in Brewster, New York concerning the plans of the mayor of that town to cooperative with officials from the Guatemalan Consulate to issue identity documents to illegal aliens in Brewster that would enable them to open bank accounts and conduct "business as usual" notwithstanding the fact that they are illegally present in the United States and that their presence in our country represents a violation of law. I am, as you probably know, very concerned about any program that would provide official identity documents to aliens who are unable to verify their true identities. This, in my judgement, represents a grave national security risk for our nation. That is why I have supported the Real ID Act and a significant reason I referred to the Senate Immigration bill as the "Terrorist Assistance and Facilitation Act of 2007."
The thing that all of us, including of course our politicians, must understand is that it is absolutely essential for all levels of government to be on the same page where the issue of border security and immigration are concerned. The United States possesses some 100,000 miles of border if you include the costal regions of the United States. Additionally their are many international airports in the United States that should be thought of as being part of our borders inasmuch as these airports provide aliens and goods access to the United States.
There is absolutely no way that our nation could possibly secure all of the border around the United States and deal with the fact that some 40% of the illegal aliens in the United States are believed to enter our country through ports of entry including our many international airports. This is why I stress the fact that immigration must be thought of as a system. It has been said that a chain is as strong as its weakest link. Where immigration is concerned, there are weak links and virtually nonexistent links. When communities create "sanctuaries" for illegal aliens, they provide incentives for aliens to enter our nation in violation of law. The most intelligent strategy to gain control over our borders is to remove the incentives that draw the great majority of illegal aliens across our nation's borders in violation of law.
When people hire illegal aliens, they are providing incentives for more illegal aliens to enter the United States. In effect, this increases the size of the haystack in which the deadly needles hide. I am referring to criminal aliens and terrorists. Additionally, there is no way that you can simply look at someone and know his intentions. It is, as any homeowner will tell you, a daunting challenge to find honest workers in the construction and home repair trades. That is why it is a great idea to make it a practice to only hire contractors who are licensed. When home owners hire illegal aliens they may be getting into more trouble than they could imagine!
It is in no one's best interests to hire illegal aliens and, often we find out all too late that in the end, hiring illegal aliens is a really bad business practice that causes us to incur more expenses than could have been initially imagined! This is yet another example that illustrates that illegal immigration is anything but a "victimless crime" as the victims of these burglaries can attest. It is also not a victimless crime when illegal aliens take the jobs Americans had been doing but have now been driven out of their trades by aliens who will work for far lower wages under often illegal conditions. The labor movement fought long and hard to provide workers with the 40 hour work week and safe working conditions we now take for granted. There are many other benefits that have been provided to America's working men and women that are now being rolled back by unscrupulous employers who hire illegal aliens to cut their expenses and maximize their profits while the quality of the work done is offer substandard and the "American Dream" becomes ever more elusive for ever more citizens and resident aliens.
Finally, it is worth considering that last year an estimated 45 billion dollars was wired from the United States to Latin America and the Caribbean, mostly by illegal aliens. This is money that was lost to our nation's economy and only represents a portion of the total amount of money that is exported from the United States. This money was sent via remittances which are recorded. I have been told by some of my former colleagues who have done currency investigations that it is probable that more money is smuggled "under the radar" out of the United States then is moved legally via remittances. That sucking sound you hear is our money leaving our economy.
America is bleeding green and red. The green, of course, is the money and the red is the blood of the victims of crimes committed by an ever increasing population of criminal aliens including violent gang members. It has been estimated that more than 25% of the inmate population in the jails around the United States are illegal aliens. If you presume that there are 20 million illegal aliens in the United States and that they account for 25% of the crimes in our country, then it can be stated that illegal aliens are about 3 times as likely to commit a felony than are United States citizens or resident aliens! Peter Gadiel, the founder of 911 Families for a Secure America, an organization that I advise on a volunteer basis, cynically refers to these sorts of statistics as the "Cost of doing business" according to those businesses and politicians whose greed and perceived best interests cause them to advocate for open borders. I understand his anger. His son was one of the 3,000 murder victims who fell victim to the terrorists on September 11, 2001.
We the People have the right to expect that our government will make decisions that are in our best interests. When politicians fail to honor this basic concept it is time for them to be sent packing so that they can check out the labor market first hand; for themselves!
We the People can and must make those who purportedly represent us, do just that- REPRESENT US!
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Michael W. Cutler graduated from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York in 1971 with a B.A. in Communications Arts and Sciences. Mr. Cutler began working for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in October 1971 when he entered on duty as an Immigration Inspector assigned to John F. Kennedy International Airport. In August 1975 he became a Criminal Investigator (Special Agent) for the INS at NYC.
He rotated through virtually every squad in the Investigations Branch. From 1988 until 1991 he was assigned as the INS representative to the Unified Intelligence Division (UID) of the DEA in New York. In 1991 he was promoted to the position of Senior Special Agent and was assigned to the Organized Crime, Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) which required that he work with members of other law enforcement agencies including the FBI, DEA, ATF, U.S. Customs and local and state police as well as law enforcement organizations of other countries including Israel, Canada, Great Britain and Japan, to conduct investigations of aliens involved in major drug trafficking organizations. He retired from the INS in February 2002, after a career that spanned some 30 years.
Finally, Michael Cutler has appeared on numerous television and radio programs including Lou Dobbs, Fox News, MSNBC and many other television and radio news-oriented programs to discuss the enforcement of immigration laws.
Finally, it is worth considering that last year an estimated 45 billion dollars was wired from the United States to Latin America and the Caribbean, mostly by illegal aliens. This is money that was lost to our nation's economy...