January 25, 2009
Any good driver
knows that safety depends on scanning the road ahead as he drives his
vehicle. It is important to look as far down the road as possible to
see threats that may be developing in the distance, but it is also important
to not lose sight of what the car immediately in front of you is doing
The previous administration was certainly fixated on focusing on threats
around the world but seemed to be oblivious to a growing threat that
sits on our nation's southern border. Mexico is not unlike that car
that is immediately in front of you. Ignoring that immediate threat
negates whatever attention might be paid to threats on the other side
of the globe.
In fact, the degrading situation in Mexico may well impact the situation
to be found in the Middle East. Narcotics flooding across our nation's
border originate in many countries and some of those drugs may well
have been sent to Mexico to have them moved into the United States by
drug organizations headquartered in Afghanistan and other such countries.
As I have noted on many occasions, it was absolutely incomprehensible
that while our country detailed United States Border Patrol agents to
Iraq to secure that nation against the influx of insurgents and terrorists
that our own border was left as porous as the proverbial sieve!
I have often discussed the deteriorating situation in Mexico but I believe
that it is important to review some of the points I have previously
made, especially as Mexico appears poised on the precipice of disintegration
and our nation's economy continues to demonstrate a worrying crisis
The drug cartels that are operating in Mexico required vast quantities
of cash in order to wield the sort of clout that they now possess. Much
of the money being used to destabilize the Mexican government has been
furnished over the past decade, or more, by the proceeds relating to
the drug trade in the United States.
Former President Bush, in ignoring the crisis on our nation's border
with Mexico, facilitated the movement of huge quantities of narcotics
into the United States while the proceeds of the trafficking activities
headed south, filling the coffers of the cartels.
We have, in effect, a collision between these two countries with the
citizens of both nation's being made to pay for the desires of politicians
and various special interest groups who wanted to open our nation's
borders in the name of "free trade."
I urge you to be very careful anytime you hear the word "free."
As the saying goes, "There is no such thing as a free lunch!"
The various trade agreements such as NAFTA and CAFTA provided lots of
money to those huge companies that pushed those "free" trade
agreements. That was, for them, the "good news."
Just remember, whenever there is a winner, there is generally a loser!
The loser where those treaties and trade agreements were concerned,
was the economic hardship that these agreements created for the farmers
of Mexico. Many farmers lost their land and headed north, across our
The government of Mexico and other countries were delighted to wave
goodbye to their citizens who sought to run our nation's border and
secure menial employment in the United States. Those foreign workers
that are believed to represent some 10 percent of the population of
Mexico and other countries such as Guatemala and El Salvador as well
as others, are a population that is no longer the responsibility of
their countries of origin. Furthermore, these people send every last
penny they earned, back home to their native countries, enriching the
economies of those countries.
The government of Mexico, in fact, provided its citizens with "training
manuals" that were written like comic books to instruct their citizens
on the ways in which they could run our borders successfully and evade
the United States Border Patrol and survive the extreme conditions to
be found in the deserts along the way. In fact, there were health stations
established near the border to make certain that their citizens were
physically up to the dangerous trek!
More recently, the government of Mexico went "high tech" and
distributed videos instead of comic books to provide the necessary training.
(I don't know if the current administration of Mexico is continuing
this practice, but is was certainly the way that the previous president
of Mexico aided, abetted and encouraged his citizens to ignore the border
that is supposed to separate our two nations.
As more and more money poured across the Mexican border, the drug cartels
were able to make all sorts of critical purchases. They bought guns,
they bought vehicles and then they bought politicians and members of
the police and military. Our government trained members of the Mexican
police and military to create a "partnership." Tragically,
many of these police officers and military officers went over to the
"dark side." These were the so-called "Zetas."
Armed with our playbook and virtually unlimited resources, they offered
their services to the cartels and now are attempting to take over the
These well trained and heavily armed gang members employ tactics that
are virtually indistinguishable from the tactics used by terrorist organizations.
Beheadings are common in many Mexican cities and high-ranking police
and military officials are often the target of these violent traffickers.
Mexican prosecutors are similarly targeted.
are assured that the illegal aliens who run our borders are simply coming
to do the "Work Americans won't do!"
I have appeared on numerous television programs over the past several
years to debate the issue of immigration and border security. I cannot
tell you how often I have heard some character blithely state that "Mexicans
aren't terrorists!" Of course many illegal aliens from Mexico aren't
terrorists or even involved with the drug trade, although many times
smugglers use the illegal aliens they assist in running our borders
as beasts of burden, forcing them to carry narcotics on their person.
This is why such illegal aliens are referred to as "mules."
The problem is that it is impossible to look at a person and know with
absolute certainty what the nationality of that person is. I speak from
experience, having worked for the former INS for some 30 years. Is a
person with a dark complexion who speaks Spanish a citizen of Mexico,
Guatemala, Colombia, Bolivia or Uruguay?
Might a person with a dark complexion who speaks Spanish possibly be
a citizen of Iran, Iraq or Yemen who spent years in Latin America to
acquire excellent language skills so that he can then embed himself
in our nation in support of a terrorist operation in the future? Such
is the way that so-called "sleepers" would operate.
Additionally, it is important to remember that not all Mexicans are
Hispanic, just as not all Americans are white or black or Hispanic.
In order to move their cargo of drugs and illegal aliens, smugglers
working for the cartels are intent on gaining control over our border.
By controlling our border they can move people and contraband virtually
at will. Smugglers will move any cargo, human, narcotic or weapons for
a price. Smuggling organization use other gangs as enforcers. Gangs
such as MS-13 often assist in the movement of contraband across our
nation's border and then the move themselves across our nation to assist
with the distribution of drugs and the movement of the proceeds of the
MS-13 members can be found in many major cities from coast to coast.
They have spread clear across our country not unlike a malignant tumor
that has metastasized, threatening the
lives of decent people throughout our nation. No one is immune from
the extreme violence that these gang members use to intimidate competitors
and those who might get in their way but often, it is members of their
own community who are most likely to fall victim to their violence.
Yet, incredibly, the groups that allege to be concerned about the rights
of "immigrants" will never address this issue, nor will those
groups address the issue of how terribly illegal aliens are treated
in our country.
It is interesting that the news article ends with the statement:
The grim assessments from north of the border got wide play in the Mexican
media but came as no surprise to people here. Many said the solution
lies in getting the United States to give more help and let in more
migrant workers who otherwise might turn to the drug trade to make a
Given the opportunity to flee the madness of Mexico, is there really
a limit as to how many Mexicans would want to come to the United States?
Can our nation absorb millions more without going bankrupt even more
quickly than we are now?
The last thing our nation needs is to permit the entry of still more
When we take an airplane flight the flight attendants always advise
us that if the oxygen masks are deployed that we should put the mask
on first before we attempt to help a child or someone who requires assistance.
In order for the United States to help Mexico or any other country,
it must, itself be strong. The massive influx of illegal aliens threatens
our nation's security and impacts everything from criminal justice to
the economy, the environment, health care and education. This crisis
concerning illegal immigration must be addressed swiftly and effectively!
Here is something else I would like you to consider:
The financial crisis our nation finds itself in now appears to have
started with the infamous "sub-prime" mortgages. I have read
various estimates about how many of those mortgages were given to illegal
aliens who had no reliable way of identifying themselves. I have seen
some estimates that peg that number of illegal aliens who received those
mortgages in the range of more than one million individuals! I would
love to know what the total number really is!
The Bank of America which led the charge to accept the Matricula Consular
cards issued by the government of Mexico, is one of the banks in deepest
trouble and has already gone back to the trough for more bailout money.
They provided money to people who could not provide positive proof of
their identities. If you cannot prove your identity, how in blazes could
any bank or other financial institution assess your credit worthiness?
It actually gets worse! The Bank of America and other lending institutions
provided illegal aliens with credit cards! God knows how many illegal
aliens using stolen identities, or simply bogus identities, ran up large
balances that they have no ability or intention of repaying!
It would not surprise me to find out that criminal or terrorist organizations
might have also availed themselves the opportunity to dip into the "till."
Criminal and terrorist organization need lots of cash to carry out their
objectives. They often commit all sorts of crimes to get their hands
on the cash. As an INS special agent I have seen, first hand, how such
criminal and terrorist organizations sell narcotics, commit arson (often
injuring and killing innocent people), dabble in mail fraud, carry out
armed robberies, run brothels, traffic in firearms and commit all sorts
of other crimes.
Here is the Change We the People Can Believe In:
Secure our nation's borders. Create an immigration system that possesses
real integrity. And never forget that the difference between an immigrant
and an illegal aliens is equivalent to the difference between a houseguest
and a burglar!
We the People must
make it clear to our elected representatives that we want our nation's
borders secured and that we want the entire immigration system to possess
real integrity. This would help protect our nation, protect our citizens
from criminal and terrorists seeking to enter our country and embed
themselves in communities across our nation and invigorate our nation's
Good citizenship does not end at the voting booth but it simply begins
there. In order for our representative democracy to represent us, we
need to communicate with our elected representatives to let them know
in clear and unequivocal terms what we want.
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I implore you
to get involved!
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!
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.
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 government of
Mexico, in fact, provided its citizens with "training manuals"
that were written like comic books to instruct their citizens on the ways
in which they could run our borders successfully and evade the United
States Border Patrol...