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Guest worker amnesty program: worst possible thing for America









by Michael Cutler
July 7, 2007

I have said it many times before and I will say it again. When the President and the other advocates for open borders make the assertion that our nation has attempted to create an "enforcement only approach to illegal immigration and it does not work" as a justification for a Guest Worker Amnesty Program, the reality is that all that our nation has done is to attempt to create an illusion of enforcement and it is this illusion that does not work!

It has been said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." In law enforcement this means that the most effective approach to dealing with criminal activity is to provide meaningful deterrence. This means that those who would violate the laws have to be convinced that if they commit a crime that there is a real chance that they will be caught. If they are caught, they have to be convinced that they will be prosecuted and that upon conviction, they will face serious consequences.

My dad, who I quote often, told me when I was a teenager, that I would teach people how to treat me. As a young man, I was initially puzzled when my dad told me this. He explained that by staking out my positions and making it clear to those around me what I would and would not tolerate would set the tone for the way the people I would come into contact with, especially in my interpersonal relationships, would treat me. If I demonstrated a willingness to be taken advantage of, then people would come to expect to be able to take advantage of me. My dad spoke from personal experience, he was, as my mom used to say, "good-natured to a fault." He had a real problem saying "No" to anyone who asked him for a favor even when he knew that the person he was helping would most likely never return the favor.

For the past several decades, the United States and its "leaders" have been teaching people all over the world that we are not serious about securing our borders. We have taught people around the world that they can come to the United States and expect to not only get away with violating our laws, but to be rewarded for violating our laws. That was the lesson inherent in the Amnesty of 1986 and the message that was reinforced in the disastrous Senate immigration reform bill that was thankfully hammered by a few true leaders in the Senate such as Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama. I came to refer to that legislative detritus as the "Terrorist Assistance and Facilitation Act of 2007."

The point is that with so few special agents at ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) enforcing the immigration laws for the entire nation who lack the resources they need to do an effective job, illegal aliens and among them, criminals are finding little to fear where the potential for deportation is concerned. The evidence as the impact of our nation's unwillingness to enforce the immigration laws can be found in many places. Let us consider that the number of alien absconders has roughly doubled since 2001 when there were an estimated 300,000 aliens who had been ordered deported or ordered to appear for immigration hearings who simply chose to ignore their lawful orders. Several months ago the number of such fugitive aliens climbed to more than 600,000.

The Bloomberg news article "U.S. Unable to Deport Most Illegal Immigrants Who Commit Crimes" illustrates the real world impact of our government's failure to secure our borders and create an immigration system that possesses even a modicum of integrity. The price, indeed, all too often the ultimate price, is being paid by decent people including law enforcement officers who are being injured and killed by illegal aliens who should not even be in the United States in the first place. Dead is dead! An individual who is killed by a criminal alien is no less dead than is the victim of a terrorist attack. Job one for our country and its leaders is to insure the safety of our citizens. That effort begins at our nation's borders and with the immigration system that is supposed to deter criminals from entering our country and preying on innocent victims. When deterrence fails, then our government needs to resources and the resolve to apprehend those who violate our laws and remove them from our midst.

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Ted Kennedy and company wanted very much to make it virtually impossible for our country to remove these criminal pariahs from our midst under the auspices of one of the worst pieces of legislative garbage to ever be concocted by members of the Senate who were ostensibly elected to enforce our laws and from the pernicious illegal aliens described in the article. We need to remember these "leaders" when they are up for re-election!

2007 - 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.












It has been said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." In law enforcement this means that the most effective approach to dealing with criminal activity is to provide meaningful deterrence.