ARE AMONG THE VAST MAJORITY OF ILLEGALS
March 3, 2009
I former colleague
at the INS read my recent commentary in
which I suggested that we should give members of the United States Congress
who refuse to secure our nation's borders against the smuggling of narcotics
and the entry of illegal aliens including gang members, drug traffickers
and terrorists the "Fiddle Award" because they reminded me
of the expression that "Nero fiddled while Rome burned!"
This retired INS officer has always demonstrated a capacity for creativity
and this morning, he sent me the photo of the Congressional Fiddling
The obvious question is "which member of the House of Representatives
or the United States Senate is most deserving of this "honor."
There are so many really deserving politicians!
As you contemplate who you would nominate, I would suggest you consider
how dire the situation has become in Mexico and how much this is not
only costing the lives of so many decent people in Mexico including
law enforcement personnel and members of their military as well as prosecutors,
judges and politicians as well as their families, but innocent Mexicans
whose lives are in imminent danger.
The news reports talk about the violence spilling over the border into
the United States. This crisis is far more serious than violence "spilling
over the border!"
The image of this is that you are at risk if you live in proximity to
the border but that the further you get from the border, the safer you
Certainly the communities that lie in close proximity to the Mexican
border are at greater risk. Consider that Phoenix, Arizona now suffers
an average of a kidnapping or home invasion every day being reported
to law enforcement. It is believed that many such crimes go unreported
because there are drug dealers whose family members are being abducted
but don't want to call attention to themselves to law enforcement.
However, no one living in any part of the United States can feel safe
while these cartel members operate inside the United States. The President
of Mexico has referred to the cartels as a "cancer" as you
will see in one of the news articles I attached below. This is a good
way of describing these violent criminal organizations that have apparently
taken many pages out of the terrorists "playbook" killing
large numbers of people who are first tortured and even beheaded as
a way of intimidating those who oppose them.
When a patient is diagnosed with cancer the doctor will evaluate the
seriousness of the malignancy by determining what stage the cancer is
Stage one is an early tumor that has the highest possibility for cure.
Various factors increase the number of the stage to a worst case scenario
where the patient's potential for survival decline as the number of
the stage increases.
Two of the of the most important determining factors are how far the
cancer has spread or metastasized and how large the cancer has become.
Where the drug cartels are concerned, they have spread clear across
our nation. Earlier this week the headlines announced that more than
700 gang members were arrested in communities from coast to coast. Clearly
the malignancy that the drug cartels represent to our nation is at an
advanced stage. You would think that our "leaders" would be
moving swiftly and decisively to eradicate this threat!
Yet there are members of Congress who still adamantly refuse to secure
our border with Mexico. There are members of Congress who are adamantly
opposed to having the government enforce the immigration laws within
the United States.
There are so many solid reasons to secure our nation's borders and enforce
the immigration laws within the interior of the United States. As you
probably know, I spent nearly half of my career at the former INS working
on investigations involving aliens who trafficked in narcotics and related
areas of crime.
The very same establishments that were needed by illegal aliens were
absolutely essential to the terrorists we investigated. They used telephone
arcades and disposable cell phones to communicate with little fear of
wire taps. They used mail drop services to also conceal their communications
and to move all sorts of documents. They used identity thieves to operated
in plain sight under assumed identities and also bought high-quality
counterfeit and altered identity documents for the same reason.
These drug traffickers, and terrorists as well, also used money wire
services (remitters) to either receive money from their organizations
in their home countries or to move the proceeds of their crimes to their
organizations in their home countries. The gold buying services that
spring up in neighborhoods that have large numbers of drug traffickers
as well as illegal aliens, make it easy to move large sums of money
by enabling the criminals to convert the ill-gotten proceeds to gold
that can be far more easily moved than could the equivalent amount of
illegal aliens who are desperate to get their hands on as much cash
as possible are often willing to do relatively minor tasks for the cartels
to receive money for their assistance.
Houses of prostitution, often involving young women from foreign countries
are often coerced into participating in prostitution to service the
many single young men who have entered our country without their families.
None of this is a part of the "American dream" but represents
the daily nightmarish existence of illegal aliens living in our country.
The violence that accompanies all of this madness permeates entire neighborhoods
and has a huge deleterious impact on the lives of lawful immigrants
and United States citizens who live in the midst of this lunacy.
However, the politicians and the illegal alien advocates who have a
variety of goals in seeking to maintain the status quo are a huge part
of the crisis that is now confronting Mexico and the United States.
In New York and in other cities across our nation, you will find that
the drug trade is most prevalent in those neighborhoods that have huge
illegal alien populations. Cartel members, gang members and those involved
in supporting terrorist activities, find it easier (and safer) to live
among thousands of people of similar ethnicity. They use these communities
as a vast haystack in which these deadly needles can hide with virtually
no risk of detection.
DEA officials said the Sinaloa Cartel smuggles drugs to Los Angeles,
where they are dispersed to 70 "distribution cells" in 26
states from Washington to Maine. She said the people arrested included
U.S. citizens and foreigners, some of whom were in the U.S. illegally.
As I have previously pointed out, the proceeds of the drug trade and
related crimes have provided a level of wealth to the cartels and other
criminal and terrorist organizations that are all but impossible to
fathom! Each and every year, it is estimated that tens of billions of
dollars are drained from our economy and go right into the coffers of
those malignant organizations.
This is money that buys weapons, cars, trucks, boats, airplanes, safe
houses, false identity documents and other "necessities."
This is the money that corrupts governments and pays for the death of
thousands of people around the world. This is the money that also leads
to many of the deaths in the United States as the cartels seek to eliminate
their competition and those who threaten their activities.
Yet there are politicians who are supposed to protect our nation and
our citizens who will do anything in their power to keep that border
open and to impede any effort to enforce the immigration laws that could
help to combat the drug trade and other criminal enterprises. These
politicians are also determined to blur the distinction between the
lawful immigrants and illegal aliens.
They even seek to eradicate the distinction between citizens of this
nation and illegal aliens!
As you read the two news reports I will ask you to consider who you
would give the "Congressional Fiddling Award" to.
There are so many candidates to pick from! They richly deserve that
"trophy" and an unemployment check!
In less than two years more than one third of the seats in the United
States Senate will be up for election. In less than two years every
single seat in the House of Representatives will be up for grabs! The
politicians have become accustomed to expecting that the power of the
incumbency is on their side. We only have ourselves to blame for this.
We the People
need to take every opportunity to confront those who were elected to
represent us and make it clear that if they fail to represent us, we
will find someone who will!
The large scale apathy demonstrated by citizens of this nation has emboldened
elected representatives to all but ignore the needs of the average American
citizen in a quest for massive campaign funds and the promises of votes
to be ostensibly delivered by special interest groups. There is much
that we cannot do but there is one thing that We the People absolutely
must do- we must stop sitting on the sidelines!
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failure of We the People to get involved in make our concerns known
to our politicians have nearly made the concerns of the great majority
of the citizens of this nation all but irrelevant to the politicians.
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.
of prostitution, often involving young women from foreign countries are
often coerced into participating in prostitution to service the many single
young men who have entered our country without their families.