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By Michael Cutler
June 2, 2009

A news report appeared in yesterday's edition of the New York Times. It makes it clear that the Mexican drug cartels are spreading throughout our county like a malignant tumor. It also makes it clear that the smugglers who move illegal aliens into our country are also using those same illegal aliens to further their efforts at peddling narcotics in the United States.

When George W. Bush debated John Kerry during President Bush's campaign for re-election he made a statement I took strong issue with. President Bush had said that as the former governor of a border state he understood the issue of immigration. As a retired INS special agent and as a New Yorker, I knew that the immigration crisis was not limited to the border states but impacts each and every one of our nation's 50 states.

A couple of weeks ago Atlanta, Georgia was identified as being a major "hub" for the Mexican cartels. Today's article focuses on America's heartland.

Increasingly the news reports are making it clear; quantities of narcotics across our country are soaring and Americans are getting hooked. Americans are also dying.

As more people are becoming addicted to drugs it should be anticipated that more street-level crimes will be committed by addicts who are desperate to get the money to feed their drug habits.

Commonsense would dictate that because of the clear interconnections between the smugglers and the growing illegal alien communities in our country that any effective strategy to combat what the article states is the greatest organized crime threat confronting our nation today. Consider this quote from the article:

Federal officials now consider the cartels the greatest organized crime threat to the United States. Officials say the groups are taking over heroin distribution from Colombians and Dominicans and making new inroads across the country, pushing a powerful form of heroin grown and processed in Mexico known as “black tar” for its dark color and sticky texture.

Their operations often piggyback on a growing and struggling Mexican immigrant population. In a case that provides a window into how this works, two illegal immigrant dealers pleaded guilty to manslaughter last year in Mr. Eisel’s death, in a rare federal manslaughter prosecution from a drug overdose.

As I have noted in many of my previous commentaries about the immigration crisis and its nexus to crime and the threat of terrorism, criminal organizations are eager to employ members of their same immigrant community because it is easy to threaten the lives of family members still living in the home country. Consider this quote from the article:

Connecting the distribution rings to the cartel leadership in Mexico has proved difficult. Those arrested here typically say they fear for the safety of their families in Mexico if word gets back that they have been too cooperative.

The problem is that many of our politicians are grammatically challenged. They can only conjugate verbs in the first person singular. The three most important people they know are “Me, myself and I.”

They couldn't care less about the security of our nation or the lives of our citizens.

Peter Gadiel is the founder of an organization I have been advising for a number of years, “9/11 Families for a Secure America.”

Peter's son was one of the many people who were slaughtered at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He is understandably enraged by the senseless deaths of his son and those other people whose lives were so brutally ended on that late summer morning in New York nearly 8 years ago. He often refers to those senseless deaths, from the perspective of unscrupulous corporations and politicians as the “Cost of doing business.”

Today we are reading about how members of the administration blame the drug addiction of Americans for the flow of billions of dollars, each year, into the coffers of the drug cartels in Mexico.

Indeed our nation has a serious problem with drug addiction. But the other two addictions that members of the administration and Mexico's government will never talk about are the demand for illegal alien workers and the Mexican government's addiction to the remittances wired home from the United States to Mexico by its citizens who work illegally in the United States. Each year more than 20 billion dollars is wired from the United States to Mexico- mostly by illegal alien workers. Additional billions are otherwise sent from the United States to Mexico.

Seeing the clear nexus between alien smuggling and drug smuggling and seeing the clear nexus between illegal aliens and the drug trade, you would imagine that our government would come up with an effective and comprehensive strategy to combat this huge crisis. The only comprehensive strategy that the administration and many of the politicians can seem to come up with is “Comprehensive Immigration Reform!”

They would legalize millions of illegal aliens and ignore the need to create an effective strategy to deal with illegal immigration to secure our borders and stop the cartels dead in their tracks.

Without hiring an adequate number of ICE special agents and conducting anti-smuggling investigations across our nation, there is no way that we will be able to defeat the cartels.

According to a recent news report, ICE currently has 100 special agents assigned to conducting investigations into alien smuggling for our entire country! As one of the first members of the anit-smuggling unit in New York City back in the late 1970's I can tell you that it is critically important to have agents conducting smuggling investigations throughout our country. Most illegal aliens do not simply seek to cross the border and then put up a tent. Most illegal aliens run our nation's borders with the intent to head for just about every city in our country.


My having an adequate number of agents working these smuggling investigations throughout the United States, it would become possible to identify the smuggling rings and disrupt their nefarious operations. Without the resources smuggling will only continue to grow along with the drug trafficking and other criminal activities.

It is also clear that crime breeds more crime.

As young, unattached men are smuggled into the United States the demand for prostitution increases. The smugglers are more than happy to meet this demand and make still more profit from trafficking in young women, many of whom have no desire to become prostitutes.

The suffering that this causes is truly inestimable.

Yet any time that someone steps forward and says that the borders need to be secured against illegal entry, the open borders advocates who gain money and/or political power through the massive influx of illegal aliens are quick to raise the issue of “racism!”

Nothing could be further from the truth!

The presence of huge numbers of illegal aliens in our country who make use of various services to enable them to send money to their families in their home countries and to also be able to work illegally by providing them with identity documents and, increasingly, stolen identities, provide services that are also absolutely essential for criminals and terrorists.

Additionally, communities containing large numbers of illegal aliens create the perfect “haystack” in which the deadly “needles” (the criminals) may hide.

The immigrant communities in the United States often fail prey to the criminals such as the Mexican cartels. Consider, again, the quote from the news report:

Connecting the distribution rings to the cartel leadership in Mexico has proved difficult. Those arrested here typically say they fear for the safety of their families in Mexico if word gets back that they have been too cooperative.

How difficult would it be for members of the cartel to coerce cooperation from members of the immigrant community (legal and illegal aliens alike) by threatening the lives of their family members back home?

By failing to aggressively go after these cartels early on, our government has made it increasingly difficult to successfully fight this battle. As more members of the cartel enter our country and more people are coerced into assisting them in the United States the cartels earn more money and gain more power. Not unlike a metastasized tumor, as the tendrils of these malevolent organizations reach into more communities the level of damage to people increases and the difficulties in stopping the cartels will increase.

More lives will be lost across our country- lost to the violence of those attempting to get their hands on money to feed their addictions, lives lost to the scourge of drugs who will die of overdoses or related issues.

Lives will also be lost from the perspective of those who will, because of drug use, lose their jobs and destroy their families.

Economic as well as societal costs associated with all of this will soar.

But then, as my friend Peter would say, for all too many of our nation's leaders, “This is the cost of doing business.”

If you share my anger and frustration at the failures of our government to create secure borders and an immigration system that has real integrity, then you need to contact your elected representatives.

For politicians all that matters is getting elected and then reelected.

We the people need to not only vote in elections but make our frustrations known to those who are supposed to represent us, We the People.

Now the violence is increasingly spilling across the border of the United States and permeating our country. This is not a new phenomena, but is simply happening with far greater frequency and with far greater brazenness.

It is time that our nation had true leaders and not in job title only!

That day will never come if We the People fail to get involved and make demands on those who are paid to represent us!

If you ran a company and your employees showed up two hours late for work, took a three hour lunch and ducked out early. You would quickly fire such and employee.

If you had an employee who routinely ignored your instructions and failed to do the job you paid him to do and worse, thumbed his nose at your, you would quickly fire that insubordinate employee.

If you had an employee who misspent the money you gave her to accomplish goals you established, you would fire that employee.

Now I want you to consider who represents you and your family in the House of Representatives and the United States Senate. if you are among the fortunate few who feels that your are being effectively represented, then I would strongly suggest that you contact those politicians and commend them for doing a job "well done!" You may even want to offer to help that person get reelected.

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On the other hand, if you are not being properly represented then you need to contact that politician and make it clear, as you would with any errant employee, that they need to "straighten up and fly right!" If you are of the belief, as many of us are, that your elected representative is incorrigible, then it is time that work tirelessly to see to it that your get that representative removed

I implore you to get involved!

2009 - 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 problem is that many of our politicians are grammatically challenged. They can only conjugate verbs in the first person singular. The three most important people they know are “Me, myself and I.”