In my judgement, the deteriorating situation in Mexico can be traced
back to the relative ease with which the drug cartels were able to move
people and narcotics into the United States because our nation's "leaders"
have been unwilling to secure the borders of the United States.
In order to function and expand their capabilities, the drug cartels
needed massive infusions of cash. The smuggling of narcotics into the
United States and the movement of the proceeds of the trafficking activities
flowed south of the border and enriched the coffers of the cartels enabling
them to buy more guns, more vehicles and pay more bribes to Mexican
law enforcement, military and government officials. In effect, our politicians
who blocked efforts aimed at securing our nation's border with Mexico,
made the expansion of the cartels' violence and reach into our county
Consider the following quotes from the Washington Times news report
written by Jerry Seper:
In April, the Justice Department reported that Mexican drug cartels
represent the "largest threat to both citizens and law enforcement
agencies in this country and now have gang members in nearly 200 U.S.
cities." The 200 cities include Washington; Baltimore, Frederick
and Greenbelt in Maryland; and Arlington and Galax in Virginia.
During a raid last year on a gang operation in Laredo, Texas, an ICE-led
task force of federal agents seized two completed improvised explosive
devices, materials for making 33 more devices, 300 primers, 1,280 rounds
of ammunition, five grenades, nine pipes with end caps, 26 grenade triggers
(14 with fuses and primers attached), 31 grenade spoons, 40 grenade
pins, 19 black powder casings, a silencer and cash.
These paragraphs illustrate a point that I have made repeatedly when
I have testified before Congress and at other venues; illegal immigration
and failures to secure our nation's borders and create an immigration
system that possesses true integrity are not simply border issues but
rather threaten the safety and security of our entire nation and endanger
the lives and safety of American cities from coast to coast and border
Had the Bush administration acted swiftly to secure our border with
Mexico, the violence of Mexico might never have gotten to the point
where it is now. Our nation's insatiable appetite for the cheap and
exploitable labor provided by illegal aliens caused our nation's leaders
to reject any program that sought to effectively secure our nation's
Consider, if you will, the Congressional debates about the need to construct
a fence along the border our nation shares with Mexico. Consider the
point I made in the commentaries I have written about the fact that
the Bush administration refused to hire as many Border Patrol agents
and special agents for ICE that Congress had funded.
are still politicians who oppose securing our borders and refuse to
have our nation create a secure immigration bureaucracy. These are the
politicians who are pushing for the creation of a Comprehensive Immigration
Reform (CIR) program that would legalize God knows how many millions
of illegal aliens whose true identities, including even their nationalities,
are unknown and unknowable. Their criminal histories and possible affiliation
with criminal or terrorist organizations is unknown and unknowable.
Their intentions are unknown and unknowable. There would be know way
of knowing when, where or how they entered the United States. Yet the
advocates for open borders could seemingly care less about the irrevocable
damage such a wrong-headed program could do to our nation.
At a time when President-elect Obama has talked about the need to create
jobs for Americans and create a massive economic stimulus package to
avert an economic catastrophe that might be worse than the Great Depression,
it is time for our political leaders to finally come to terms with the
real world, a place many of them seem to have never visited. They need
to understand that a massive influx of illegal aliens would potentially
aid criminal organizations and would make it increasingly difficult
for Americans to boot-strap their way into economic mainstream America.
Furthermore, when illegal aliens and aliens who are admitted on the
various "temporary" work visas earn money in the United States,
their goal is to send that money back to their home country. This is
the exact opposite of what is desperately needed now. It is absolutely
critical that money earned in America stay in America! Americans and
resident aliens tend to spend, save and invest the money they earn in
the United States. This is a "No brainer," the problem is
that all too many of our "leaders" apparently have no brains!
Therefore it is more important than ever before that the citizens of
our nation get involved in the political process. As I have noted on
many occasions, when we go to a restaurant we generally are very specific
about the food we want to eat and how we want it prepared. We should
be no less specific about how we want our elected representatives to
represent us, We the People!
When you watch the Super Bowl an see the enthusiasm of the fans in the
stands sporting body paint and other evidence of their support for their
team of choice, I want you to imagine how different our nation would
be if We the People demonstrated comparable passion over the political
decisions being made, purportedly on our behalf by our elected representatives.
will have a long lasting impact on the safety and security of our nation
and our citizens. These decisions will impact the lives of our children
and their children. The time for complacency is over!
Good citizenship does not end at the voting booth but it simply begins
there. In order for our representative democracy to represent us, we
need to communicate with our elected representatives to let them know
in clear and unequivocal terms what we want.
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I implore you
to get involved! Please make this your New Year's Resolution!
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!
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.