August 3, 2015 | Michael Cutler
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It is important to understand that as some politicians are claiming, that all that our nation needs to do is to “First secure the border before dealing with a population of unknown millions of illegal aliens with lawful status” is not only not a solution but provides camouflage for continuing more of the same and, perhaps, even accelerate the undermining of American workers by dramatically increasing the number of high-tech workers.
I addressed the many components of the dysfunctional immigration system that go well beyond the obvious failure of the administration to secure the border that is supposed to separate the United States from Mexico in my July 7, 2014 article for FrontPage Magazine:
On February 17, 2015 CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization) posted my most recent commentary:
Having recently become a contributor to Progressives For Immigration Reform (PFIR) I believe it is important to know that as the name of the organization implies, they are a politically “Liberal” organization. It is vital to understand that contrary to the propaganda being spewed by the “open borders immigration anarchists” concerns about the many failures of the immigration system is not limited to those who possess a politically “Conservative” perspective but is an issue that should be of great concern to all Americans irrespective of political orientation. Immigration is not about “left” or “right” but about right or wrong.
I recommend you review Senator Session’s statement on June 27, 2007 from the floor of the U.S. Senate on the Immigration Bill in which the Senator made reference to my suggested new name to that disastrous legislation in my Washington Times Op-Ed. His impassioned pleas to his colleagues averted a catastrophe and that legislation was defeated. However, not unlike Freddy Krueger, Comprehensive Immigration Reform has been brought back to life through the unilateral actions of President Obama and his proposed executive actions. Furthermore, there are politicians from both parties willing to give this legislative betrayal of America and Americans CPR!
My Op-Ed was entitled:
The importance of our borders and our immigration laws cannot be overemphasized. In the war on terror and transnational gangs, they are our first line of defense and our last line of defense against international terrorists and transnational criminals. They are equally important to American workers who are facing unfair competition from foreign workers, aided and abetted by the administration and advocates for “Sanctuary Cities” and Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
The starting point for any conversation or legislation concerning immigration must be the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission which determined that a lack of border security, including the visa process. and fraud in the immigration benefits program enabled terrorists to enter and embed themselves in the United States, as they went about their deadly preparations.
In his historic speech before the 3rd Army on May 31, 1944, General George S. Patton said, on the strategy of holding a position:
“We’re not holding anything, we’ll let the Hun do that. We are advancing constantly, and we’re not interested in holding onto anything except the enemy.”
Pushing back against Comprehensive Immigration Reform is the same as holding position. The time has come for us to advance by demanding that our borders be made truly secure and our immigration laws be effectively administered and enforced.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform violates all of the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission but no one is willing to even consider how the lack of real border security and the lack of real integrity to the various components of the immigration system imperil national security and public safety.
Immigration is not a single issue but a singular issue that impacts nearly every challenge and threat confronting the United States today! Simply stated, the immigration laws were enacted to save lives and protect the jobs of American workers.
It is not “Anti-Immigrant” to be “Pro-American!”
Our armed forces are charged with securing America’s borders externally while the DHS is supposed to secure those same borders from within. The failures of the DHS to live up to its half of the equation are undermining the efforts, valor and incredible sacrifices of Americas men and women who serve in our military!
If our government’s failures to protect American jobs by securing our nation’s borders and effectively enforcing our immigration laws 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!
All I ask is that you make it clear to our politicians that we are not as dumb as they hope we are!
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!
Democracy is not a spectator sport!
Lead, follow or get out of the way!
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Examining the unintended consequences
of mass migration.
August 3, 2015 | Michael Cutler
On July 30, 2015 former Texas Governor and Presidential candidate, Rick Perry was interviewed on Fox & Friends. He began by talking about the need to get the U.S. economy moving yet, his position on in-state tuition for illegal aliens undermines American students and American workers.
Governor Perry said he supports “Kate’s Law,” proposed legislation that would address the issues of Sanctuary Cities and criminal aliens who unlawfully reenter the United States after deportation. Perry made the point that as governor of Texas, he frequently had to deal with this sort of crime and cited the murder of a Houston police officer nearly ten years ago by a previously deported alien.
Perry noted that when President Obama refused to secure the border he told the President that Texas would secure the border. He said that as governor, he had used resources available to him to patrol the border and said that the U.S./Mexico border must be secured by the federal government.
Clearly Mr. Perry is correct; the U.S./Mexico border must be made secure. But simply focusing on the border, however, and ignoring the other elements of the dysfunctional immigration system will do nothing to solve the immigration crisis. Border security must be a component of what should be a carefully coordinated strategy that addresses all dysfunctional elements of the immigration system simultaneously.
When asked about his position on in-state tuition for illegal aliens, Governor Perry played the part of the artful dodger side-stepping the question, saying it should be dealt with on a “state by state basis” apparently invoking the concept of states’ rights.
Although Perry would not answer the in-state tuition question on the show, his position on this issue can be found in the Dallas Morning News’ Trail Blazer Blog published on May 6, 2015, “Rick Perry stands by in-state tuition for students in Texas illegally.”
My June 17, 2015 article for FrontPage Magazine, “Theft By Deception: The Immigration Con Game: How politicians are robbing citizens of access to the American Dream” included this excerpt:
When young Americans opt to attend colleges they put off working for years. Upon graduation from those institutions of higher learning, where they invested years of their lives studying conscientiously, they find themselves encumbered by massive debts in the form of student loans. All too often they find that they cannot get jobs in their chosen fields of study, including those who took degrees in the STEM disciplines. For these victims of the crime, their share of the “American Dream” and indeed their futures, have been stolen, their time and money wasted.
Having mentioned student loans, college educations are not inexpensive. The extreme cost of an education was made crystal clear in the April 8, 2015 USA Today report, “National student loan debt reaches a bonkers $1.2 trillion.”
Undoubtedly politicians who provide in-state tuition for illegal aliens are likely to insist that once we educate these illegal aliens students that we should grant them lawful immigrant status, enabling them to work and even file petitions for their spouses and any children that their spouses may have had.
Simply securing the border while ignoring the lack of interior enforcement of our immigration laws will not end the immigration crisis. Admitting more foreign workers who are authorized to work in the United States will certainly not help unemployed Americans to find jobs. Today the number of authorized foreign workers that are entering the United States each month exceeds the number of new jobs that are being created. This includes high-tech jobs. For all the claims that there is a lack of American workers, the truth is that tens of thousands of qualified and highly experienced American workers have been fired and continue to be fired- only to be replaced by foreign workers.
Perry has correctly linked border security to the threat of terrorism, however, many other dysfunctional elements of the immigration system also undermine national security. The just-published Summer 2015 edition of the quarterly journal, “The Social Contract” included my extensive analysis of the nexus between immigration and the Damoclean threat of terrorism, “The 9/11 Commission Report and Immigration: An Assessment, Fourteen Years after the Attacks.” My analysis provides solid fact-based information and specific examples about the nexus between immigration and national security that have absolutely nothing to do with the U.S./Mexico border.
To provide a few examples, my article noted that:
The 9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist Travel detailed numerous examples of instances where terrorists made use of visa and immigration benefit fraud- including political asylum fraud to enter and embed themselves in the United States.
Page 54 contained this excerpt under the title “3.2 Terrorist Travel Tactics by Plot.”
Here is an excerpt from that report that makes the above issues crystal clear:
Although there is evidence that some land and sea border entries (of terrorists) without inspection occurred, these conspirators mainly subverted the legal entry system by entering at airports.
“….abuse of the immigration system and a lack of interior immigration enforcement were unwittingly working together to support terrorist activity. It would remain largely unknown, since no agency of the United States government analyzed terrorist travel patterns until after 9/11. This lack of attention meant that critical opportunities to disrupt terrorist travel and, therefore, deadly terrorist operations were missed.
On November 20, 2013 ABC News reported, “Exclusive: US May Have Let ‘Dozens’ of Terrorists Into Country As Refugees.” This is not a new problem, on July 13, 2011 the Washington Times published a truly disturbing article, “Visas reviewed to find those who overstayed / Aim is to find any would-be terrorists.”
Consider that on September 2, 2014 ABC News reported, “Lost in America: Visa Program Struggles to “Track Missing Foreign Students.”
On June 16, 2015 Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) posted my article, “Immigration System Must Work for Best Interests of Americans.” It is imperative that the title of my commentary for CAPS serve as the mission statement for the next administration, for our congress and in fact, for our politicians and leaders on all levels of government.
 For more information on this point visit my February 5, 2015 article published in FrontPage Magazine entitled: “The ‘Secure Our Border First Act’ Deception » Why it’s no solution to the immigration crisis.”
Michael W. Cutler is a former Special Agent with the INS, where his career spanned nearly 30 years. Mr. Cutler has provided expert witness testimony at more than a dozen Congressional hearings. He has testified before the 9/11 Commission and regularly provides expert testimony at state legislative hearings and in trials where immigration is at issue. Michael Cutler can be reached through his website, www.michaelcutler.net that contains his commentaries, Congressional testimony and links to his appearances on national television news programs and other public venues.