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Guest worker amnesty program: worst possible thing for America










By Michael Cutler
August 20, 2009

An important article appeared in Washington Times. It's important for a number of reasons.

First of all, while I greatly respect the work that the reporter who wrote the news article, Stephen Dinan, has done in covering immigration and other important issues, I have to disagree with his use of the term "Immigrants Rights Groups" to describe those who are seeking a massive amnesty program for unknown millions of illegal aliens whose identities, backgrounds, affiliations, intentions and even arrival information are unknown and unknowable.

As I have often noted, the difference between an immigrant and an illegal alien is comparable to the difference between a houseguest and a burglar.

I know that all too often those who advocate for open borders and massive amnesty programs are referred to as being advocates for "immigrant rights." However a massive amnesty program for virtually all of the illegal aliens who are currently present in our country and God only knows how many more would flood our nation if such an amnesty was enacted, claiming fraudulently to have been residing in our country for the requisite period of time in order to claim to be eligible to participate in such a fatally flawed program would do far more harm to true immigrants and their families than you could imagine.

The clear objective for most of the advocates of amnesty is to get as many people into our country who could be exploited for monetary gain and political power.

In point of fact, if the amnesty of 1986 did anything, it should have provided our nation with a series of lessons that make it clear that amnesty is absolutely the wrong way to go!

When aliens are provided with lawful status they are no longer easy to exploit and take advantage of. We have often hear the refrain, "The undocumented aliens do the work Americans won't do." This statement is partially true- illegal aliens are willing to accept substandard wages under substandard conditions. As I have often made the point, Americans trudge off to work in coal mines, steel foundries, construction sites each and every day. Americans jump on the back of fire engines and race into burning buildings at great personal risk to attempt to rescue utter strangers. Americans carrying various law enforcement badges of local, city, state or federal law enforcement agencies chase dangerous armed thugs down dark allies to protect the residents of communities around our nation.

Americans have traditionally done any job you could imagine and some you probably could not, regardless of how dirty, dangerous or backbreaking the work might be in order to support their families and build and defend our nation. It was true at the founding of our nation and it is just as true today.

The point is that once an alien is granted lawful status he (she) will do what any sensible person would do- demand prevailing wages and reasonable working conditions.

This is what happened in the wake of the amnesty of 1986. The unscrupulous employers simply fired their newly legalized employees and hired the next massive wave of illegal aliens, among whom are those who would file for amnesty if our Congress betrays our citizens and enacts such legislation.

Meanwhile, the administration is already ordering ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) special agents to do everything possible to not arrest illegal aliens when they investigate employers who intentionally hire illegal aliens. According to Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of Homeland Security, ICE is focused on arresting aliens who have been convicted of committing felonies.

Of course there is an extreme lack of resources at ICE and thus thousands of criminal aliens who should be removed from our nation won't be.

Fraud in the immigration benefits program goes all but unchecked and illegal aliens in general have little to fear right now.

I can tell you from my many years of experience at the former INS, nearly half of my career working cooperatively with other agencies such as the FBI, DEA, ATF state and local police as well as police departments of other nations in conducting investigations of aliens involved in narcotics trafficking and related crimes, that generally the most likely victim of ethnic organized crime organizations are members of the same ethnic community.


The Latino gangs generally do the greatest harm to the Latino community, Asian gangs do the greatest harm in the Asian communities, etc., etc.

Yet the so-called "Immigrant Rights Groups" clearly do not care about the murders, rapes and assaults being committed in the immigrant communities by aliens who have lawful right to be in our country!

I have never heard of any representatives of these groups demanding to know why when aliens lawfully immigrate to the United States or even enter illegally, that law enforcement does not aggressively pursue the violent transnational criminals that victimize these people.

It is important to focus on the fact that illegal aliens involved in criminal activities in our country are "transnationals." Here is why I want you to consider the term "transnational."

All too often, when criminal aliens commit a crime and are being sought by law enforcement authorities in our country, they know that they can always head for their native country and evade law enforcement in the United States. Access to multiple foreign countries provide the bad guys with a figurative "escape hatch" where they can simply leave the United States after they commit a serious crime.

This actually give illegal alien criminals an advantage not enjoyed by American criminals and they make good use of this advantage.

Additionally, the huge numbers of workers that immigration- both legal and illegal brings to our nation, drives down wages and emboldens employers to treat bottom rung employees, including lawful immigrants and United States citizens deplorably! Labor is a commodity, and as the case with any commodity, if you increase the supply of the commodity, the most fundamental principle of economics kicks in. The value of that commodity decreases. This means wages are reduced and employers could care less if their employees quit- there will always be a readily available supply of cheap labor waiting in line to replace any worker who quits or is fired!

This brings us back to the term "Immigrant Rights."

This raises the obvious question, "Exactly rights are they referring to?"

Are they suggesting that these immigrants have the right to be subjugated by unscrupulous employers? That these immigrants have the right to be assaulted and intimidated? Perhaps the leaders of the "Immigrant Rights{ organizations are eager for these immigrants to be extorted in a slightly newer version of the "protection" racket organized crime made famous a generation ago.

Meanwhile the lawful immigrants and United States citizens come from every ethnic group imaginable. Our nation is anything by homogenous. Among the Americans who are losing their jobs and their share of the "American dream" are members of every ethnic group in our country.

Additionally, the 9/11 Commission detailed its findings in its report that clearly shows that our nation's flawed immigration system enabled the terrorists to not only enter our country but to embed themselves in our country in communities all over the United States.

Today according to the DHS some 230 cities inside the United States, many of which are thousands of miles from the Mexican border, are infested by members of the pernicious Mexican drug cartels. Other cities are similarly infested by other narcotics trafficking organization and organized crime groups in general, whose leaders and many of their members are citizens of countries all over the globe.


Because of the international reach of these violent thugs, members of the immigrant community are often coerced by these criminals to not cooperate with law enforcement authorities and to even cooperate with them in their nefarious activities- threatening to take reprisals against family members who are still living in the country from which the immigrant came.

It is unconscionable that this yet another issue is never addressed by so-called "pro-immigrant" organizations. These folks know damned well that these threats are often used by the various ethnic gangs and that this is not limited to just Latino gangs but is used by every gang from every foreign country and ethnicity.

The outrage is that often lawful immigrants who arrive in our country expecting to live a life free of the violence and threats of violence that terrified them in their home countries quickly find that the same thugs who made their lives miserable back home have managed to come to the United States and continue to prey upon them and their families both in the United States and in their home countries as well.

This is certainly not the "American Dream" but does represent one hell of a nightmare!

Finally, I am compelled to make the following point: The news article quotes one of the very few members of the United States House of Representatives for whom I have great respect, Representative Steve King of Iowa.

Steve King is the ranking member on the Immigration Subcommittee in the House of Representatives and I have had many conversations with him and his staff members. Clearly, as his brief quote in the news report below illustrates, he absolutely "gets it!"

Whenever I have been invited to testify before the House Immigration Subcommittee and he was in attendance, his questions and comments demonstrated just how committed he is to the enforcement of our immigration laws and the securing of our borders.

I had the privilege of having lunch with Steve King after I testified before the House Judiciary Committee at a field hearing in Dubuque Iowa two years ago when the Senate was taking up Comprehensive Immigration Reform

The hearing was conducted on September 6, 2006 and was entitled:


Here is a link to the transcript of the hearing.

As I sat with Congressman King and one of this senior staffers at an outside table next to the bank of the Mississippi River, I commented to him that I would almost be willing to move to Iowa to have him represent my family and me in the Congress. His response was immediate and his message was clear. He told me that while he did, of course take the specific needs of his constituents into account whenever he made decisions in Washington, he was mindful that he also needed to take the concerns of all of our citizens and our entire nation into account each and every day- therefore in a manner of speaking, he was already representing us!

As you read his comments you will see that he wasn't just talking but really approaches his job in precisely that fashion. That is what I call true leadership!

Our nation must not only secure its borders against the illegal entry of illegal aliens, but must create an immigration system that has meaningful integrity if our nation is to effectively address the many challenges confronting our country and our citizens.

Providing lawful status to illegal aliens whose true identities and backgrounds are unknown and unknowable would create an absolute and unmitigated nightmare for our nation and our citizens.

In less than two years each and every member of the House of Representatives is up for reelection. In less than two years more than one third of the members of the United States Senate will have to face their constituents. They need to be reminded that they work for us, We the People!

The large scale apathy demonstrated by citizens of this nation has emboldened elected representatives to all but ignore the needs of the average American citizen in a quest for massive campaign funds and the promises of votes to be ostensibly delivered by special interest groups. There is much that we cannot do but there is one thing that We the People absolutely must do- we must stop sitting on the sidelines!

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The collective failure of We the People to get involved in make our concerns known to our politicians have nearly made the concerns of the great majority of the citizens of this nation all but irrelevant to the politicians.

I implore you to get involved!

If this situation concerns you or especially if it angers you, I ask you to call your Senators and Congressional "Representative. This is not only your right- it is your obligation! You need to politely but pointedly, demand to know what they are doing to protect our nation. You need to ask them how they are protecting you and your families. You can also forward this commentary to them.

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 clear objective for most of the advocates of amnesty is to get as many people into our country who could be exploited for monetary gain and political power.