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IMMIIGRATION CRISIS IN AMERICA

 

By Michael Cutler
June 9, 2008
NewsWithViews.com

As many of you may know, I made a brief appearance in a recently released documentary, "Border" that was produced by Chris Burgard. I have also been interviewed on film for three more documentaries that are expected to be released in the next several months. As you would expect, these documentaries all deal with the immigration crisis that is confronting our nation today.

These documentaries are of critical importance because, as you no doubt have noticed, few "mainstream" news organizations refuse to discuss the immigration crisis honestly and openly- making this the new poster child for the "don't ask, don't tell" story. Indeed, this is also the case for the two Presidential candidates. If Al Gore thinks that global warming is an "Inconvenient Truth," the reality is that the huge impact of illegal immigration is the real inconvenient truth because for decades members of both political parties have seen an advantage to not securing our nation's borders. Traditionally the Democrats were seeking new voters because generally new citizens tend to vote for the candidates of the Democratic Party, which Republicans sought to provide a virtually limitless source of exploitable and hence cheap and compliant labor.

You can view a 5 minute trailer of a documentary, "Undocumented, the Movie" that is due to be released this fall.

I met the young people who are producing this film a couple of years ago when I traveled to Farmers Branch, a small town outside of Dallas, Texas when the citizens of that community were preparing to vote on a referendum to punish those businesses in that town that hire illegal aliens. In fact, the brief segment of the trailer in which I talk about the fact that our nation cannot bring all of the world's poor to America but that we need to work to improve living conditions around the world was taped during the debate at Farmers Branch in which I participated a few days before the residents of Farmers Branch voted on that referendum. (When the vote was tallied, the referendum was passed by a great majority of the voters!)

As you watch this trailer I want you to pay special attention to a brief interview with a young lady who talks about the issue of immigration benefit fraud. She notes a disturbing policy that exists at present at USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services), the agency that is charged with the responsibility of adjudicating applications for various immigration benefits including the granting of lawful immigrant status and the naturalization of aliens. She states under current procedures, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) the DHS agency responsible for conducting investigations and enforcing the immigration laws from within the interior of the United States, is not contacted when adjudicators at USCIS uncover fraud in an application for an immigration benefit unless the alien's file in question reflects that the alien had filed at least 6 applications for benefits that contain fraud!

I want you to stop and consider what this means. Of the 94 terrorists who were identified as operating in our country in the decade leading up to the attacks of September 11, 2001, 59 of those aliens committed immigration fraud to enter the United States and/or embed themselves in the United States after entering our nation.

Additionally, it is important to remember that according to the GAO, two years ago, USCIS claimed to have lost 111,000 immigration files relating to aliens seeking a wide variety of immigration benefits and that this dysfunctional agency then went ahead and adjudicated all of the applications without the relating files, including the files of 30,000 aliens who had applied to naturalize (become United States citizens)! Presumably among the other 80,000 lost files were aliens seeking Green Cards- that is to say, they had applied for lawful immigrant status which puts them on the path to United States citizenship!

You can read an extremely disturbing account of this disaster that appeared in "Government Executive Magazine."

It is critically important to remember that USCIS would be the agency that would administer any Guest Worker Amnesty program including the disastrous "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" program that was introduced in the United States Senate last year and was defeated when We the People made so many phone calls to the Senate that the switchboard was overloaded and shut down! In part it is the historic ineptitude and incompetence consistently demonstrated by USCIS that prompted me to write a commentary for the Washington Times last year, concerning Comprehensive Immigration Reform in which I said that the name for that treacherous legislation should be changed to : "The Terrorist Assistance and Facilitation Act of 2007!"

It is also important to understand that as I stated in that trailer, as did several others, that while the situation for the illegal aliens who are exploited is outrageous, the solution is not to bring all of the world's poor to the United States, but to encourage people all over the world to create better situations for themselves in their home countries. It would make no sense for me to attempt to adopt dozens of orphans living in an orphanage if I wanted to improve their situation. Well-intentioned as such an effort might be, living on a civil servant's pension, such an approach would not only not improve the situation for the orphans, it would result in my family suffering as we inevitably bankrupted ourselves. Our nation, not unlike the average family, has limitations as our economy is demonstrating on a daily basis.

Our nation's failures at securing its borders and creating an immigration system that possesses integrity is a major factor in a laundry list of critical issues including national security, criminal justice, the economy, the environment, health care and education to note the most pressing of those issues.

The United Nations has estimated that poverty throughout the world is so severe and pervasive that approximately one billion people don't have access to safe drinking water!

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It is imperative that our nation secures its borders and creates an immigration system that possesses meaningful integrity. This issue, as I have pointed out countless times is neither a Conservative issue nor is it a Liberal issue: This is simply an AMERICAN issue!

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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.

E-Mail: mcutler007@aol.com


 

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