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Guest worker amnesty program: worst possible thing for America










By Michael Cutler
November 8, 2008

The news report that appeared in the Sunday, November 2nd edition of the New York Times makes several points that are worth paying attention to.

First of all, the current president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon should be commended for his courage efforts to take on the extremely violent drug cartels and weed out the corruption to be found not only in his government, but throughout Mexico's general populace.

The article makes the point that:

"Among the greatest challenges in Mexico’s drug war is the fact that the traffickers fit no type. Their ranks include men and women, the young and the old."

This quote from the article parallels something that I have said on numerous occasions about the fact that it is impossible to simply look at a person and know if that person is a criminal, a terrorist or a law abiding person.

President George W. Bush often stated that he favored a Guest Worker Amnesty program for millions of illegal aliens who were present in our country in violation of law. The two primary candidates who are competing to succeed President Bush as the next President of the United States have also echoed that sentiment, and even upping the stakes, advocating a "pathway to United States citizenship" for the millions of illegal aliens currently living in the United States.

Back when President Bush was advocating his Guest Worker Amnesty Program on every possible occasion, he stated that it made sense to permit those illegal aliens who were simply coming to work to do so, thereby enabling law enforcement to deal with the criminals and terrorists.

That statement belied a level of naivete that is hard to imagine, especially when espoused by the President of the United States! As the article pointed out, many of those arrested for their involvement in drug trafficking carried out all sorts of jobs in the furtherance of the pernicious goals of the drug cartels including accountants who worked to conceal source and the movement of the huge proceeds from the drug trade and others who carried out other tasks in support of the trafficking activities.

The same situation also exists where terrorist organizations are concerned. As I have pointed out in various venues, including during those occasions when I have been called to testify before Congressional hearings, not all terrorists are hijackers or strap on bomb-laden vests. Many members of terrorist organizations play important supporting roles. They provide "safe houses." they engage in fund raising activities that may include committing crimes such as drug trafficking, mail fraud, insurance fraud including arson that often results in the death of innocent people and other crimes.

Someone once said that a spy is someone who would not attract the attention of a waiter or waitress in a "greasy spoon diner."

In point of fact, it may well be that waiter or waitress who is the spy, or terrorists, or member of a criminal organization.

Today few politicians and all but a precious few journalists are willing to even raise the issue of immigration, it is vital that our nation secure its borders and create an immigration system that possesses meaningful integrity.

There can be no effective "War on terror" or wars on drugs, gangs or crime without taking the immigration component of such efforts into account. How safe and secure and our nation be when there are an estimated 20 million illegal aliens living in our country?

Those who advocate providing millions of such illegal aliens with any sort of amnesty need to understand a basic fact:

The corrupt bureaucrats of the Mexican government would, no doubt, be more than willing to provide individuals who were citizens of Mexico and, perhaps, citizens of even other countries, with "Certificates of Good Conduct" for those who had enough money, that would enable criminals and terrorists to seek to enter the United States and then apply for documentation to establish false identities by bribing Mexican government officials.

As the drug cartels extend their reach into our country, it would also be in the best interests of the cartels to have their confederates enter the United States to carry out various missions in support of their drug trafficking efforts.

The drug cartels as well as terrorist organizations, are constantly evolving, displaying real ingenuity in concealing the identities of their operatives and in manipulating government bureaucracies in Mexico and other countries as well as in the United States.

The huge sums of cash and the threat of extreme violence; an estimated 4,000 people have been reportedly killed by the cartels in Mexico since President Calderon was elected, have contributed to the increase in corruption of a nation that has accepted corruption as a way of life. The potential exists that this corruption and violence may make its way across the Rio Grande and do irreparable damage to the United States.

Interestingly, the news report ends with a statement from Felipe Calderon"

“We need a stronger society, a society that lives the principle of legality with conviction, that encourages, promotes, spreads and educates its children with values,” Mr. Calderón said. In other words, there has to be a line people will not cross, even for a suitcase full of cash.

Certainly no one could take issue with the goals that he sets forth. They must also apply to our nation. As I have often stated, you only get one opportunity for a first impression. For millions of people around the world, the first impression that they get about the United States comes when they seek to enter our country and encounter our nation's borders and interact with those government employees whose mission is to enforce and administer our nation's immigration laws.

Providing amnesty and "Pathways to citizenship" advocated by all too many of the politicians of the United States, for millions of illegal aliens present in our country, flies in the face of the concept of legality called for by Calderon. Ironically, the Mexican government, especially under the leadership of Calderon's predecessor, Vicente Fox had openly advocated that citizens of Mexico show utter contempt for the borders and the laws of the United States.

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The safety of our nation begins at its borders. It is therefore essential that our borders be secured and that our immigration bureaucracy honor those who abide by the laws and seeks to weed out those who would commit fraud.

This is neither a Conservative issue, nor is it a Liberal issue- simply stated, this is most certainly an AMERICAN issue!

2008 - Michael Cutler - All Rights Reserved

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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.












The safety of our nation begins at its borders. It is therefore essential that our borders be secured and that our immigration bureaucracy honor those who abide by the laws and seeks to weed out those who would commit fraud.