December 11, 2008
Globe article is important because it deals with nothing less than
the security of our nation and the safety of our citizens. This is literally
a news report about life and death.
In the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 the administration
which had just taken office began to implement the biggest re-organization
of the federal government in many decades. The creation of the Department
of Homeland Security was supposed to protect our nation from the continuing
threat of future terrorist attacks. It certainly provided the illusion
that the administration was determined to secure the homeland.
Some of the measures that were implemented were useful. However, as
those of you who have read my commentaries, read my Congressional testimony
or heard me speak on television and radio programs and at conferences
I have attended around the United States know that I am extremely dissatisfied
with the progress (or lack thereof) in truly protecting our nation and
I have been so angered and frustrated that I have, on occasion suggested
that the DHS should be renamed the Department of Homeland Surrender!
How in blazes can the administration and our nation's "leaders"
honestly speak about "Homeland Security" when there are millions
of foreign citizens in our country in violation of law? We have no reliable
way of knowing the identities of these millions of illegal aliens. We
don't even know, with certainty, what their nationalities are. We don't
know about their possible criminal histories or affiliations with criminal
or terrorist organizations. We don't know what their intentions are
and there are so many of these illegal aliens in our country that if
we were to somehow gather them into one place and drew a chalk line
around them, they would constitute the 2nd or 3rd most populace state
in our country!
Even legal immigration is so mishandled that the fraud rate stands at
some 90% in some areas where aliens are granted lawful immigrant status!
Report after report issued by the Office of the Inspectors General of
several agencies and the GAO (General Accountability Office) paint a
horrifying picture of nonfeasance, misfeasance and malfeasance by USCIS
(United States Citizenship and Immigration Services).
Incredibly, when DHS was created a wall was erected between the components
of the immigration administration and enforcement program. As bad as
the former INS was, the creation of two distinct agencies, ICE (Immigration
and Customs Enforcement) included the interior enforcement elements
of the old INS. This includes the special agents of the INS and the
officers of the Deportation and Removal Branch, the administrative equivalent
of the probation department. Additionally, ICE also folded in special
agents of Secret Service and the U.S. Customs Service. It also included
the GSA police that are charged with protecting federal buildings. Finally,
TSA employees were also folded into this unwieldy bureaucracy. CBP (Customs
and Border Protection) included the U.S. Border Patrol, another former
component of the INS along with from Legacy INS, Legacy Customs and
the U.S. Agriculture Department.
Finally, as I noted above, USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration
Services) became a "stand alone" agency that adjudicates all
of the various applications filed by aliens seeking everything from
a change in immigration status and extensions on their authorized period
of admission to the acquisition of lawful immigrant status and even
United States citizenship.
Many of the managers at ICE and CBP came from Legacy Customs. They have
little or no background in the enforcement of the immigration laws and
just as little interest in enforcing those critical laws. I have heard
from some of the disgusted employees at those agencies that their bosses
are more concerned with counterfeit designer luggage and jeans than
they are about counterfeit passports!
The first director of USCIS was a guy by the name of Eduardo Aguirre.
You would have imagined that the director of an agency that had such
serious national security implications would bring a wealth of experience
in law enforcement with him to this important component of Homeland
Security. In point of fact, he had previously been the director of the
private bank of the Bank of America. Yes, that Bank of America- the
bank that encouraged illegal aliens to apply for credit cards and accepted
Mexican Matricula Consular cards and ITIN's instead of SSN's.
His successor, Emilio T. Gonzalez had an impressive military background,
but the job he had immediately before being assigned to USCIS was to
work for a law firm that specialized on lobbying activities, Tew Cardenas.
I testified at several hearings before various committees on the topic
of the merger of those dissimilar agencies. To succinctly sum up what
I had to say, the merger of Legacy Customs and Legacy INS plus several
other agencies constituted a "shotgun" wedding that I predicted
would never be consummated!
On May 5, 2005
I provided testimony at a hearing conducted by the House Subcommittee
on Immigration, Border Security and Claims on the topic:
"NEW ''DUAL MISSIONS'' OF THE IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES"
Add to all of this the fact that the potentially deadly Visa Waiver
Program is being expanded when, in fact, it should have been terminated
on September 12, 2001.
What is astounding about all of the discussions about the "War
on Terror" is that there is absolutely no mention of the role of
immigration law enforcement in conjunction with efforts aimed at preventing
terrorists who want to enter our country and embed themselves within
our country to enable them to attack our nation!
While Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff boasts about how
the administration has doubled the number of Border Patrol agents so
that there are now purportedly more than 18,000 such agents, there is
absolutely no mention made of how many special agents are at ICE. In
fact, I have been told that the number of ICE special agents is considered
national security information! Supposedly the rationale is that they
don't want the terrorists to know how many agents are "out there."
I believe that they don't want the American citizens to know how few
agents are enforcing the laws for our nation.
I believe that there are about 6,000 special agents at ICE and somewhere
between 3,000 and 4,000 ICE special agents are dedicated to enforcing
the immigration laws for the entire country. This is an outrage!
New York is the safest big city in the United States. With more than
8 million residents, the city of New York has more than 36,000 police
officers. It was recently announced that an additional one thousand
cops were to have been hired but won't be because of the downturn in
the economy. Immediately concerns were raised about the potential that
this loss of one thousand additional cops would have on crime rates!
Meanwhile, there are somewhere between two and three times as many illegal
aliens scattered across the entire country as there are residents living
in the city of New York. Yet the number of ICE agents is just about
10% the number of police officers who protect New York City!
It must also be
noted that ICE special agents are supposed to conduct many investigative
and enforcement missions in addition to seeking to arrest illegal aliens.
They are supposed to enforce sanctions against employers who knowingly
hire illegal aliens. They are supposed to work cooperatively with other
agencies in narcotics, organized crime and terrorism investigations.
These agents are supposed to conduct investigations into fraud document
vendors and those who concoct fraud schemes to circumvent the immigration
laws. They are supposed to conduct investigations into alien smuggling.
When was the last time you heard anyone in a leadership position even
talk about thee critically important missions?
The news article below, did not even talk about the enforcement of the
immigration laws from within the interior of the United States!
I regularly speak at a seminar conducted in Washington, D.C. involving
employees of various intelligence agencies and the military. Not long
ago, while doing my presentation a young lady at the rear of the room
seemed to be upset with my discussion about illegal immigration. I stopped
speaking and turned to her and asked her what was bothering her. She
told me that many members of her family had been immigrants and that
she was uncomfortable with what I had to say about the risks of having
millions of illegal aliens in our country. I told her that my mother
was also an immigrant, but the difference between an immigrant and an
illegal alien was equivalent to the difference between a houseguest
and a burglar.
I decided that an analogy might help her to understand my perspective
so I asked her what she would do if that evening she decided to grab
a midnight snack before going to sleep. To flesh out the scenario I
asked her how would she react if she went downstairs to the kitchen
from her bedroom and in passing the living room on her way to the kitchen,
if she saw a half dozen people milling about in her living room she
did not recognize, what would she do? I asked her, "Would you simply
pour yourself a glass of milk, grab some cookies and head to your bedroom?"
On the other hand, I asked her if she thought it would make more sense
to call the police.
Without hesitation, as you might expect, she said she would call the
I responded by telling her that the United States has the equivalent
of millions of strangers milling about our country in communities from
coast to coast and border to border. I asked her, "How safe could
that possibly make you feel?"
After my presentation was completed she came over to me and told me
that the analogy I provided her with helped her to gain a new perspective.
I hope that this works for you as well.
We the People must make our voices heard!
Right now the
administration and members of Congress are moving forward with their
plans to create an amnesty program for millions of illegal aliens currently
living in our country in violation of law and we know absolutely nothing
The open border advocates are providing hefty campaign contributions
for the politicians and making their voices heard. They are determined
to foist Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) on this country and
our citizens. If they succeed, there will be no way to undo the damage
or reverse the process.
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Many people complain
that the politicians don't listen to us. The point is that few Americans
are even trying to be heard. The apathy and silence of the vast majority
of Americans must end!
As members of a democracy We the People have more than the right to
speak out, we have the obligation of speaking out!
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.
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.
How in blazes can
the administration and our nation's "leaders" honestly speak
about "Homeland Security" when there are millions of foreign
citizens in our country in violation of law? We have no reliable way of
knowing the identities of these millions of illegal aliens. We don't even
know, with certainty, what their nationalities are.