IDENTITY PAPERS GRAVELY ENDANGER US NATIONAL SECURITY
February 9, 2009
appeared in yesterday's edition of the Rocky Mountain News. Also
press release was issued by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)
on June 19, 2006 that provides significant background information about
the investigation into the activities of the counterfeiters. Both articles
are extremely important to consider for a number of reasons.
First of all, it chronicles the successful prosecution of a major player
in the underground fraud document "industry." Certainly such
successes are important and the members of the law enforcement community
who were responsible for this success should be extremely proud of their
accomplishments. The citizens of our nation should also be proud of
the success this case represents.
Next I want you to consider that once again there are many politicians
who are attempting to ram "Comprehensive Immigration Reform"
through the system to provide the millions of illegal aliens in our
country with lawful status and place them on the road to United States
You may well wonder why the article about the arrest of major player
involved in cranking out thousands of counterfeit identity documents
is relevant to amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, so I will explain
There are many reasons that I am adamantly opposed to any sort of mass
amnesty program for aliens whose presence in our country represents
a violation of our nation's laws. First and foremost is the issue of
our government's absolute inability to properly identify these millions
of illegal aliens. We do not know their names or their true nationalities.
We therefore don't have a reliable way of knowing about their possible
criminal histories or possible involvement with criminal or terrorist
organizations. We therefore do not know who they are affiliated with
or what their true purposes might have been when they entered our country
by circumventing the inspections process that is designed to keep foreign
nationals out of our country whose presence in our country is contrary
to the best interests of our nation and our citizens.
Some of these aliens might simply have entered the United States intent
on securing illegal employment so that they could send money back to
their home country. Others might be fugitives from justice in other
countries who are wanted for committing serious and perhaps, heinous,
Others may have come to the United States to ply their trades as members
of violent gangs or as "free lance" criminals. Some may belong
to terrorist organizations.
You may think that there are only a relative handful of terrorists potentially
living in the United States. If this is your belief, I would suggest
that you consider how to define a "terrorist."
If you ask some folks what they think a member of the United States
Air Force does at work, they might respond that most members of the
Air Force are probably pilots They would be wrong. Only a very small
percentage of the members of the Air Force actually fly airplanes or
even ever set foot in a cockpit. The majority of those who wear the
Air Force uniform have supporting jobs.
Think about how few astronauts NASA employs and how many thousands of
people have supporting jobs to build, service and assemble various spacecraft
and play a major supporting role for those brave pilots of the Air Force
or the valiant astronauts who soar into space at NASA. Similarly, terrorists
are not only the individuals who hijack airplanes or set off bombs.
Most people who are associated with terrorist organizations play vital
but supporting roles. They commit a wide variety of crimes to raise
funds for terrorist organizations. They may sell drugs, raise money
through seemingly benevolent charities that are actually "fronts"
for terrorist organizations.
engage in various fraud schemes which, at times, may even cost people
their lives or injure them irreparably. Many years ago I assisted members
of the NYPD, the New York City Fire Department and special agents of
ATF in investigating a number of Palestinians who had come to the United
States both legally and illegally to raise funds for the PLO. They bought
"bodegas" (small grocery stores) to engage in massive coupon
fraud and then, when they tired of that activity or feared that they
might be discovered, they set their stores on fire and sent the insurance
money back to Yassir Arafat. Many people who lived in the apartments
above and near those stores were trapped in those fires. Some of those
victims died and others probably wish they had died because they suffered
terrible injuries and were left horrifically disfigured and suffered
physical pain beyond description.
That money was used to buy weapons and to pay for logistics such as
airline tickets, safe houses, false identity documents (such as those
that the gang discussed in the news article) and other necessities.
The point is that there is a small army of terrorist supporters who
work part time in support of the missions of terrorist organizations
serving in many roles in many countries around the world, including
right here in the United States. Those that don't commit overt crimes
may be involved in providing a "safe house," conducting surveillance
at potential locations of attacks and may be involved in recruiting
The problem that law enforcement has is to accurately identify people
that may come under investigation. The simple question, "What is
your name" may not be such a simple question, after all. That is
fingerprints are used to properly identify people. The simple truth
is that criminals use numerous aliases in order to confuse and confound
law enforcement authorities.
While the article focused on the criminals who cranked out the documents,
nothing was said about their thousands of customers, people you may
well encounter in your daily life no matter where you are. As you read
the news report and the ICE press release, you will see just how widespread
this operation was.
One of the points not noted in the article but that I can tell you,
based on my personal experience as a former INS special agent, is that
fraud document vendors often also sell bogus utility bills and rent
receipts to help criminals and others to create a credible fictitious
identity for their customers.
In fact, I stumbled upon such an operation during an investigation in
which I assisted DEA agents in New Jersey shortly before I ended my
career. Those document vendors provided false driver's licenses, photo-substituted
United States passports and other such documents. Additionally, they
furnished high-quality gas and electric bills in whatever name, address
or dates their customers ordered!
If there was a massive amnesty program the only thing that our government
could do to attempt to deal with false identities and criminals is to
run the applicant's claimed name and fingerprints through a computer
database. If they have never been arrested in the United States, and
they use a false name, the computer would show "No Hit" and
USCIS would issue a temporary identity document within a day or two.
This is the program that the politicians talk about when they say that
all applications will be subject to "criminal checks."
This would mean that a criminal or terrorist could, for example, walk
into an office of USCIS and state that his name was "John Doe,"
"Donald Duck" or any other name he or she likes. Since the
name is false it would come up as no record and that person would be
able to therefore assume that identity.
That document would enable the bearer to immediately apply for a Social
Security Card, a driver's license and other such documents. The USCIS-issued
document is therefore known as a "breeder document."
By enabling illegal aliens whose identities cannot be verified with
official identity documents, they are being provided with a level of
credibility to which they are not entitled. The only thing worse than
no security is false security. Such a program would have the potential
to create that false security on a massive scale!
The last line of the news story shows how false identity documents could
be similarly used as a breeder document to acquire legitimate identity
documents that could be used by illegal aliens in support of an application
for amnesty under an assumed identity.
While the arrest of the individuals who were involved in this massive
fraud ring represents an important victory, I can assure you that there
are many other fraud document vendors "out there" plying their
trade and endangering our national security.
The only way to even begin to get a handle on such applications would
require that each application be subject to a field investigation that
would require investigators to head out into the street and knock on
doors and ask people if they could identity the photo of the applicant
and under what name they might know that person.
Even this process is far from perfect, but it would be helpful. Here
is the problem: It is believed that there are any where from ten million
to twenty million illegal aliens currently living in our country, but
no one knows with any certainty, what the real number is. Last year's
Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill would have required that 100,000
applications for amnesty would have to have been processed each and
every day! This is reminiscent of the episode of "I Love Lucy"
in which she and her comedy side-kick Ethel worked in a bonbon factory
trying to wrap the little morsels of candy. Initially they did a pretty
good job, until the conveyor belt was speeded up to warp speed! They
then tried to eat the candy and shove them down their clothes, but to
It was one of
the most memorable and hilarious episodes in the history of television.
Where the applications for amnesty and other immigration benefits are
concerned, however, there is no humor to be found in a system that would
force adjudicators to simply rubber stamp applications to keep pace
with the onslaught of applications!
Now, here is something else to consider: If we are unable to properly
identify those illegal aliens who might apply for amnesty, how would
we be able to determine when they really entered the United States?
Again, a field investigation might do that job with a fair level of
accuracy. Simply reviewing utility bills would be virtually meaningless!
Additionally, how would the adjudicators deal with an illegal alien
who claimed to have paid the utility bills for his apartment without
changing the name on the bills but rather continued to pay the bills
under the previous tenant's name?
With such chaos, what would prevent millions of additional illegal aliens
from running our nation's borders long after the cut off date (perhaps
even after an amnesty would be implemented) and then claiming to have
been present in the United States for many more years than they were
If you believe that this possibility is far-fetched, consider this:
During the period that Senator Kennedy was pushing for the 1986 Amnesty,
he and other proponents of that travesty claimed that some 1.1 million
illegal aliens would be "brought out of the shadows."
When the dust settled, somewhere between 3.5 million and 4 million applications
had been adjudicated. Did they misestimate the number of illegal aliens
who were present or did nearly 3 million additional illegal aliens run
our nation's borders after the amnesty program was up and running?
You should also realize that a number of the terrorists who attacked
our nation in 1993 at the CIA and at the World Trade Center had committed
immigration fraud to enter our country and/or embed themselves in our
country. The same can be said of the 19 terrorists who attacked our
nation on 9/11.
Meanwhile, as I have noted on many other occasions, USCIS claimed to
have lost some 111,000 immigration files relating to aliens seeking
a variety of immigration benefits including some 30,000 who applied
for naturalization. Believe it or not, all of those applications were
adjudicated without their relating files!
Here is the
link to the GAO report that was issued just over 5 years after the
terrorists attacks of 9/11, in October 2006, about that outrageous and
utterly unacceptable example of galactic incompetence.
This is why I came to refer to the Comprehensive Immigration Reform
bill that nearly passed the Senate last year as the "Terrorist
Assistance and Facilitation Act of 2007." You can find a copy
of a commentary entitled, "Immigration bill a 'No go'" that
I wrote for the Washington Times that was published on June 22, 2007.
The concept of "date rape" deals with the guy who refuses
to take "No" for an answer. That violation of his female companion
is a felony.
How many times do the people of the United States have to say "No"
before our supposed political representatives stop pushing their disastrous
program on us, We the People?
The politicians and the open borders advocates know damned well that
the vast majority of the citizens of this nation are absolutely opposed
to Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Their newest tactic is to now refer
to that disastrous program as "CIR" which is simply the initials
of the bill that failed last year!
If a private company attempted to pull such a stunt they could be taken
to court for attempting to conduct a deceptive business practice!
We have been told that we need an economic stimulus package to get our
economy moving. Here is my question, how is providing millions of illegal
aliens with an opportunity for United States citizenship supposed to
help our economy at a time when there are far too jobs to go around
as it now stands?
How can we pump money into the economy, at great expense to those of
us who pay taxes and our children, and their children, while be continue
to employ huge numbers of foreign workers whose goal is to send billions
of dollars from the United States back to their home countries?
You may not know this, but during the Great Depression, many novel ideas
were tried out to attempt to get as many American workers as possible
onto the payrolls. This is how the 40 work week came about. No one was
allowed to work more than 40 hours- this often required additional people
be hired, rather than pay some workers overtime while other Americans
had no jobs!
Our nation is often referred to as being a nation of immigrants, however,
the difference between and immigrant and an illegal aliens is comparable
to the difference between a houseguest and a burglar!
When a person is myopic (near sighted) and fails to wear his (her) glasses,
he may walk into a wall. When our government is myopic, our nation may
hit the wall with horrific results!!
The time has come
for the government of the United States to act in a manner consistent
with the best interests of We the People!
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.
I implore you to get involved!
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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.
I want you to consider
that once again there are many politicians who are attempting to ram "Comprehensive
Immigration Reform" through the system to provide the millions of
illegal aliens in our country with lawful status...