CENSUS BUREAU WANTS I.C.E. TO HALT IMMIGRATION RAIDS
When Jimmy Carter was the President the INS was instructed by the administration to not permit the special agents of the INS to make arrests unless the arrests were authorized at the upper management level. As I recall, the local district office needed to seek authorization for any immigration arrests either at the regional or headquarters level. We were discouraged from discussing this practice. Many of us at the INS, back then, speculated that this was being done to tilt the number of Congressional representatives in those cities that would most likely support the Democrats. I happen to be a registered Democrat but I was outraged that the official bureaucracy would be prostituted by politicians of either party for political gain.
Today we are seeing the same madness where the census is concerned. I refer to this concept as madness on a number of levels. First of all I do not know what raids they are talking about. Immigration raids are so rare as to be newsworthy whenever a raid is carried out! The reason that immigration raids generally attract press coverage these days is because immigration raids are truly a rarity.
The primary issue, however, is consider the reason for the census. As is noted in the article, the census is mandated by law to determine the apportionment of representation in the House of Representatives. We all know that each state regardless of population has two senators to represent the citizens of each state. Representation in the House of Representatives is determined by population. The census is conducted every ten years to reapportion the number of members of Congress for each state and determine how many Congressional seats are to be given to each state.
Think about the implications of the request by the Census Bureau. Our government wants to make certain that illegal aliens have their "voices" heard in the hallowed halls of Congress!
The way that our government is dealing with illegal immigration legitimizes illegal and criminal activities committed by people who have no right to be in the United States! The "climate of fear" referred to in the article is what is generally known as deterrence in the realm of law enforcement. Those who violate laws or are contemplating violating laws need to feel apprehensive that if they do violate laws their will be meaningful consequences. That is one of the reasons that law enforcement authorities make arrests and why those who violate the law may be imprisoned or fined. It is not only to punish the law violator and take criminals off the streets, but to convince others who would violate the law that they too can anticipate that such violations will cost them their freedom or their largess.
It is obvious that those aliens who violate our nation's immigration laws constitute a privileged class of law violators!
This level of lunacy leaves me breathless! Let us consider the reason that aliens are supposed to be inspected before they simply traipse across our nation's borders. The inspection booth at a port of entry is not the equivalent of a toll plaza at a bridge or turnpike. The whole point to the inspections process is to prevent aliens from entering our country who in a number of ways would have a deleterious effect on our nation and our citizens. The inspections process is supposed to prevent criminals and terrorists from entering the United States. The inspections process is supposed to prevent the entry of aliens who harbor serious contagious diseases. The inspections process is supposed to prevent aliens from entering the United States and then harming the American labor market by undercutting the American workforce. The inspections process is also supposed to keep out aliens who would become public charges.
I could continue on with the list of reasons why aliens should be kept out of the United States under the immigration statutes. But I think you get the idea, the inspections process is not a mere formality by rather is the equivalent of a responsible homeowner who carefully looks through the peephole on his front door when a stranger rings his bell or knocks on his front door seeking entry into his home.
This is why aliens who sneak across our nation's borders represent a threat to our safety and a threat to our economy. We continue to hear about the crisis in the mortgage industry and I am forced to wonder about how many of the homeowners who have defaulted on their mortgages might be illegal aliens. I am also curious as to how many families are unable to make their mortgage payments because they are unable to maintain their income levels. There are a number of industries that have taken to the unscrupulous and utterly outrageous practice of hiring illegal aliens and telling their long time United States citizen and lawful resident alien employees that they will now have to settle for far lower wages if they want to keep their jobs.
Every nation on the face of this planet takes its borders seriously for a multitude of very serious reasons. Yet our politicians keep looking for ever more creative ways of blurring the distinction between aliens who are legally in our country and even between illegal aliens and United States citizens. Consider the "Dream Act." This legislative abomination would provide in-state tuition for illegal aliens while American college kids are not eligible for such an economic windfall! This is the equivalent of a family subsidizing the college education of a neighbors children while telling their own kids that they will have to work their way through college!
There are so-called "Sanctuary Cities" where the police are told to ignore the immigration status of aliens they encounter during their official duties. Meanwhile the number of aliens absconders in the United States has doubled in the last 6 years from more than 300,000 to more than 600,000. This are alien or fugitives who have failed to show up for immigration hearing or who, having been ordered deported, have failed to surrender.
Gang violence committed by illegal aliens continues to increase across the United States and some 25% of the criminal population in prisons across our nation are identified as being are accounted for by illegal aliens.
Three years ago the amount of money wired out of the United States also known as "remittances" sent to Latin America and the Caribbean stood at some 30 billion dollars. Last year that number increased by 50% to 45 billion dollars. This is the "visible money" that is being exported from our economy. I have been told by former colleagues in other law enforcement agencies who conducted currency investigations that they believed even more money was sent out of the United States covertly than was wired out of the United States. This is money that is lost to our nation's economy.
America is bleeding green and red because of the failures of our government to secure our borders and create an immigration system that possesses integrity. Furthermore, all too many of our politicians on all levels, seem to be tripping over each other seeking new rewards and incentives to aliens who violate our laws and our borders.
I suspect that if they could get away with it, many of these politicians would declare anyone born on the planet Earth to be a United States citizen, turning the ICE agents into the equivalent of the "Men In Black" in that science fiction/comedy movie starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. Of course in this day and age if they did this and extraterrestrials showed up, no doubt the ACLU and other such organizations would accuse the "Men In Black" of "profiling" if they arrested critters that possessed six legs and multiple heads!
I have often made the point that you only get one opportunity to make a first impression. For millions of people around the world as well as for illegal aliens in the United States the first impression is provided by how our nation enforces and administers the immigration laws, the first laws of the United States they are likely to encounter. Thanks to these political "leaders" and the bureaucrats who lead the agencies that they appoint to their positions, the message is clear. You can come to the United States, violate our laws and not only expect to get away with such transgressions but be rewarded for violating our laws, even at a time that the government continues to curtail our expectations of privacy and freedom in the name of "national security."
We the People must become involved in the political process because clearly the illegal alien population is being encouraged to do so!
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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.
When politicians fail to live up to their oaths of office, there are often real-world consequences. We the People need to do a far better job of supervising our employees!