WHY ISN'T BUSH PROTECTING AMERICA?
by Michael Cutler
An excellent article appears in today's edition of the Houston Chronicle and focuses on two criminals. One criminal, a man identified as Juan Leonardo Quintero, an illegal alien from Mexico committed a series of crimes including what is described as "indecency with a child and unlawful re-entry after deportation. Upon his unlawful re-entry into the United States he is now accused of the cold-blooded murder of a Houston police officer.
The other alleged criminal, a United States citizen, Robert Lane Camp, is charged with violations of federal immigration laws.
If you are surprised that a citizen of the immigration laws that deal with the entry and presence of aliens in our country, among other such issues, you should not be. Any person, whether he or she is an alien or a citizen of this nation commits a felony when assisting illegal aliens to enter our country in violation of law or harbors them once they enter the country. American citizens can also be prosecuted for entering into a conspiracy to secure immigration benefits for an alien through fraud, such as a marriage fraud. The point is that these criminal provisions have been rarely enforced. That is why the production and sale of altered or counterfeit identity documents for illegal aliens seeking to embed themselves in our communities around the country has become a virtual cottage industry. That is why marriage fraud is so common as to constitute a veritable epidemic. This has resulted in a rate of fraud in the immigration benefits program that represents a serious threat to national security. Finally, the failure of the federal government to enforce immigration laws is the reason why so many companies hire illegal aliens with impunity, often providing these illegal aliens with housing, a crime known as "harboring."
Time and time again we have heard politicians from both sides of the political aisle assert that illegal aliens do the work that Americans won't do. Perhaps the loudest cheerleader of this flawed reasoning has been none other than President Bush himself. As I have stated on so many occasion that I have lost count as to how many times I have said this, I am compelled to make the point that if there are Americans who will trudge off to work in coal mines and steel factories, if there are Americans who will go to work as firefighters, racing into burning buildings at huge risk, to their own safety to attempt to rescue total strangers, if there are American law enforcement officers who have no idea about what may await them the next time their two-way radio crackles and if their are Americans who are willing to drive garbage trucks and others who will do what my dad did, go to work on a construction site, one of the most hazardous jobs you can do, then I believe that Americans will take any job, no matter how arduous, no matter how dirty and no matter how dangerous, provided that when they receive their paychecks they are able to support themselves and their families. As the author Homer Hickam stated when he spoke at the Sago Mine disaster memorial service in West Virginia two years ago, "There is no water holier than the sweat off a man's brow!"
The issue is not that Americans are lazy or afraid of an honest, hard day's work, it is a matter of wages and working conditions. Illegal aliens are vulnerable and hence easy to exploit. They work for wages that would not provide the average American with the ability to support themselves and their families.
The failure of our government to enforce the immigration laws against those American citizens who violate the immigration laws is, in large measure, responsible for the massive influx of illegal aliens who have poured across our nation's borders.
While many of these illegal aliens simply seek to get an unauthorized (illegal) job to send money home, a significant portion of the illegal alien population have criminal histories and/or are involved in various criminal activities and even terrorist activities. The problem is that our officials have no way of knowing the true identities of these illegal aliens. We have no way of knowing how many are her. We have no way of knowing who among them are fleeing prosecution in their own countries or a third country for committing serious crimes. We have no way of knowing who among them have come to support terrorist activities, whether this means fund raising, conducting surveillance or planning the next attack.
The point to the inspections process, when properly conducted by inspectors of CBP is to prevent the entry of those aliens who, in one way or another, represent a threat to the safety and well being of our nation and our citizens as well as those aliens who have been lawfully admitted into our country and are playing by the rules. The inspections process is not a mere formality. The alien who runs our nation's borders is not the equivalent of a motorist who fails to throw a couple of quarters into the toll collection bucket before he crosses a bridge. The politicians who make light of what it is to be an illegal alien is either a liar or a fool. Either way, such politicians are not fit to lead. They should never be elected to any elected office.
The difference between an illegal alien and an immigrant is the difference between a burglar and a houseguest!
Police Officer Rodney J. Johnson lost his life, for several reasons and all of them go back to the failings of the federal government to secure our nation's borders, prosecute, as a matter of routine, those Americans who aid or abet illegal aliens to either enter the United States illegally, or to enable them to violate various laws once they have run the border by providing them with jobs or other incentives that encourage them to ignore and violate our nation's borders and ignore and violate our nation's immigration laws which, also may enable these illegal aliens to commit crimes not comprehended within the Immigration and Nationality Act alone but include, other criminal statutes that deal with drugs, weapons and crimes of violence. I found an additional article about the murder of Police Officer Johnson. According to the news story that ran last year at ABC News:
"Johnson received a commendation for valor for pulling several children from a burning building.
He leaves behind a wife who is also a police officer and their five children."
What words of consolation or any other act can undo the horrific damage done to the lives of heroic Police Officer Rodney Johnson's wife or children? About the others who were members of his family or were his friends? The point is that with all of the stories about the rights of illegal aliens, it is rare if not downright impossible to find stories about the rights of decent people who lose their lives to the crimes committed by individuals who don't even, legally, have the right to be inside the borders of our nation?
The children of Officer Johnson will never see their father again. His wife will never again see him or take comfort from him. He was her husband and the father of their children. Unfortunately he is not the first law enforcement officer to die at the hands of an illegal alien nor will he be the last. While the article did not address the crime committed against a child that initiated his ultimate deportation from the United States, I wonder who the child was and how badly he hurt that child. I wonder about the future of that child who may well have been terribly traumatized. Why is no one talking about the rights of that child?
It is currently estimated that some 25% of criminals who are incarcerated across our nation are identified as being illegal aliens. That means that illegal aliens are roughly three times as likely to commit a felony than are resident aliens or United States citizens.
When you read about the background of Juan Leonardo Quintero, the alleged murderer of Police Officer Johnson you have to wonder what sort of low-life would send money and facilitate the re-entry of a criminal who apparently attacked a child and was then deported from the United States. The article makes it clear that Quintero had worked for Robert Camp as a landscaper was well known to Camp.
You have to wonder what was behind the crimes committed by Robert Camp where Juan Quintero is concerned in facilitating his illegal return to the United States. Were they involved in narcotics or large scale alien smuggling? There is no mention of any other such crimes, but it is extremely difficult to understand Mr. Camp's motivation to assist Quintero as many ways as he did, especially considering the crime Quintero committed against a child that preceded his deportation.
A final thought. In reading the article, consider how the apparent close cooperation between ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) with members of the Houston Police Department yielded the results that this joint effort brought to fruition. It is time for all communities to work with ICE and other agencies to address the illegal immigration crisis confronting our nation. It is time that those who seek to become our nation's next president speak out clearly on their intentions to deal with illegal immigration and the huge risks this creates for our nation and our citizens.
We the People need to make our frustration, indeed, rage known about the need for our nation to secure the borders and create meaningful integrity within the entire immigration system.
Not too long ago, there were a series of commercials that a cell phone company ran that had a man wandering around the country with his cell phone attempting to make calls asking, "Can you hear me now?" Today, We the People need to ask the politicians the same question and we need to ask it loudly, clearly and consistently, "Can you hear us now?"
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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.
While many of these illegal aliens simply seek to get an unauthorized (illegal) job to send money home, a significant portion of the illegal alien population have criminal histories and/or are involved in various criminal activities and even terrorist activities.