new report was forwarded to me by a now retired former high-ranking
INS official who is also a close friend.
This news report appeared this past Friday in the Detroit News and while
it is a disturbing story as it stands, what was left out of the story
was an even bigger story- how a corrupt INS official enabled a once
illegal alien to become an FBI special agent and then an employee of
As you read this
commentary and the news report, I want you to put it into proper
perspective. There are, even as you read this, members of Congress and
the current administration who are intent on foisting a massive amnesty
program on our country to permit millions of illegal aliens to be rewarded
for their having violated our nation' borders and various immigration
and other laws, with United States citizenship!
Here is what we don't know and most likely will never find out about
these millions of illegal aliens:
We don't (and won't) know their true identities (including their nationalities).
We don't (and won't) know about their possible criminal histories in
We don't (and won't) know how, where or when they entered the United
States. (This means that if an amnesty is enacted that would require
that the illegal alien applicant have resided in the United States for
a minimum amount of time, there would be no reliable way to determine
how long the alien has actually been here.)
We don't (and won't) know about their possible affiliation with criminal
or terrorist organizations. (The Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill
that was narrowly defeated in the United States Senate last year actually
contained a provision that would have enabled members of violent gangs
such as MS-13 so qualify for amnesty if they promised they would not
go back to their former gangs!)
We don't (and won't) know anything about their true intentions.
Now lets go back to the news report. You will notice that there was
a simple sentence that stated, rather innocuously:
Among those who gave Bailey gifts and received favors from Bailey were
immigration attorney Namir Daman, who was earlier sentenced to three
years' probation; LaShish Restaurants owner Talal Chahine, a fugitive
believed to be living in Lebanon; and Leon's Family Dining restaurants
owner Samir Leon, who has not been charged with a crime, according to
court records filed Friday.
Talal Chahine is indeed a fugitive. He was the person who arranged the
marriage fraud than enabled a woman by the name of Nada Nadim Prouty
to acquire resident alien status by engaging in a marriage fraud after
her student visa under which she had been admitted to the United States
in 1988 expired. Having acquired lawful immigrant status as a result
of that marriage fraud, she ultimately became a United States citizen
and then went on to secure a job with the FBI as a special agent! She
had a gun, a badge and a security clearance that she apparently put
to good use, accessing databases on informants and investigations into
Hezbollah, a pernicious terrorist organization. She similarly accessed
databases at the CIA when she left the FBI for a job with the CIA. The
problem is that in government, it is not enough that you possess the
requisite security clearance before you access sensitive files and databases,
you must also have the "need to know."
So, while Ms Prouty had the necessary clearance to access those databases,
she had no justification for accessing those databases.
As for Mr. Chahine, he is indeed a fugitive. He is accused of skimming
millions of dollars from his restaurant chain and sending that money
directly to Hezbollah!
I have also provided you with a copy of Roy M. Bailey's indictment and
the relating press release that was issued by the Office of the United
States Attorney that prosecuted that case.
The terrorists who have operated in our country have always understood
that they needed to gain access to our nation and then embed themselves
in various communities in the United States to hide in plain sight as
they carried out operations related to terrorism and espionage. In addition
to physically attacking our nation, terrorists operate in the United
States to gather intelligence, establish "safe houses" and
engage in various activities to generate money to enable their terrorist
organizations to conduct operations around the world.
When an alien
is able to acquire lawful immigrant status and especially United States
citizenship, that alien is able to move freely among us and also travel
easily in and out of the United States.
When such aliens are involved with terrorism or espionage, they are
able to acquire jobs that provide them with access to critical infrastructure.
Examples of critical infrastructure might well be nuclear power plants,
military bases, federal agencies or airports and seaports. It may mean
getting a job for a contractor that performs many jobs for the federal
government or the United States military. It may even mean getting a
job at a food processing plant where it would be relatively easy to
contaminate our food supply. (Incredibly the administration is seemingly
oblivious to this potential risk!)
There have been ever so many reports issued by various oversight agencies
of the federal government that detailed the multitude of failings of
USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and ICE (Immigration
and Customs Enforcement) to weed out fraud in the immigration benefits
program that provides aliens with a wide spectrum of immigration benefits.
As I have noted on a number of occasions, two years ago the GAO reported
on how USCIS claimed to have lost 111,000 immigration alien files relating
to aliens seeking all sorts of immigration benefits including some 30,000
who applied for naturalization to acquire United States citizenship.
Each and every one of those 111,000 applications including those involving
naturalization were adjudicated without providing the adjudicator with
those critically important files!
It seems as though the government provided immigration benefits with
as much thought being given to the process as did so many banks provide
sub-prime mortgages and credit cards to illegal aliens whose identities
were unknown and unknowable.
My concerns about the lack of integrity to the immigration benefits
program prompted me to write
a commentary last year for the Washington Times as Comprehensive
Immigration Reform was being debated at the United States Senate.
I have attached a copy of that commentary below the news article.
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!
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.
I implore you to
Eric Holder accused Americans of being cowards where race was concerned.
Perhaps we have indeed become a nation of cowards, not on the issue
of race but rather on the issue of immigration.
when effectively administered can and does have a positive impact on
our nation. When the integrity of the system fails, the results can
be nothing short of catastrophic!
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everything from national security and criminal justice to the economy,
the environment, healthcare and education.
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 terrorists who
have operated in our country have always understood that they needed to
gain access to our nation and then embed themselves in various communities
in the United States to hide in plain sight as they carried out operations
related to terrorism and espionage.