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by Michael Cutler
February 20, 2008

This is a level of incompetence and malfeasance that should have resulted in the firing of the managers of this agency. No one was fired! If you want to read the ugly and unvarnished truth about this monumental disaster, read the press release issued by Senator Charles Grassley who joined Senator Sue Collins in demanding an investigation by the GAO. You can find the press release that contains a link to the report by clicking here.

The point of the matter is that while the President and other politicians often state that the "illegal aliens are willing to do the work Americans won't do," the hard reality is that illegal aliens will accept unreasonable wages under often illegally dangerous conditions because they are illegal aliens and as such are vulnerable to exploitation.

We the People should demand to know why any organization that would decry the mistreatment of illegal aliens would not complain about the exploitation of illegal aliens by those who employ them.

I have a theory. Mind you this is only a theory, but I wonder if the open borders advocates and the advocates for amnesty for illegal aliens believe that if employers were made to treat their employees fairly that they would probably simply decide to hire Americans and those who are lawfully entitled to work in the United States. This would lead to a decline in the number of illegal aliens in the United States. This, in turn, would mean that there would be fewer people to recruit into the Church.

Perhaps I am wrong. The thing is that I would love to know why those who claim they are concerned about the arrest of illegal aliens don't complain about the way that they are mistreated on the job and where they live. Wouldn't it make sense for those humanitarians to be concerned about such exploitation?

If the open borders advocates could muster huge numbers of illegal aliens and their supporters to stand on street corners across the United States to chant that ever-popular war chant of illegal aliens "Si se Puede!" ("Yes we can!") a chant that has been picked up by none other than Presidential candidate Barack Obama, then why doesn't the Church mount demonstrations outside of factories and meat processing plants that pay illegal aliens substandard wages under substandard conditions? Wouldn't this make it clear that this is all about human dignity? When vulnerable humans are exploited, it would make sense to stand up and oppose that exploitation!

So here is a suggestion: lets all of us encourage the Church, "immigrant rights" groups and all others who decry the need to treat illegal aliens with dignity to have them demand that these illegal aliens be paid prevailing wages and be given all of the benefits that American citizens and lawful immigrant workers would expect to be provided with.

Why would the Church complain that illegal aliens are not going to receive the economic stimulus checks that American citizens and lawful immigrants are going to receive? It is an established fact that law enforcement authorities on all levels (local, state and federal) are increasingly resorting to asset forfeiture tactics to seize ill-gotten assets. If you acquire money or material goods such as a car, airplane, jewelry or even a house by violating the law, there is a good chance that the government will take those fruits of illegal activities away from you. If an illegal alien works illegally, why should We the People provide them with economic incentives for working illegally?

Consider this statement from the Catholic News Agency. “We should not accept the fruits of the labor of these workers at the same time we refuse to provide them the protection of our laws."

If the Church is concerned about the protection of our laws, why have they not taken a visible position on the labor laws? Why haven't we heard or seen the representatives of the Church complaining about the substandard wages and substandard working conditions under which the illegal aliens toil? Would it not make sense for the Church to demonstrate their disapproval of the way that illegal aliens often live and work in the United States? Could it be that the Church does not care about these deplorable conditions that illegal aliens face in our country because they realize that if employers were pressured into paying living wages that they would then be more likely to simply hiring American citizens and lawful immigrants rather than illegal aliens?

As for the stated concern that illegal aliens must be protected by our laws, illegal aliens are protected by all of the due process provisions of our laws. What must be remembered is that protection of law does not include the right to violate our laws!

The thing to remember is that illegal aliens are violating our nation's borders and immigration laws. Our nation must have secure borders. In order to secure our nation's borders, our nation needs to take a tripod approach to immigration law enforcement. This means that we need to hire more Border Patrol agents and build a true fence (not a ridiculous virtual fence that is largely dysfunctional). Additionally we need more CBP inspectors at ports of entry and we should end the Visa Waiver Program. (Right now it is estimated that some 40% of the illegal aliens did not run our nation's borders but rather entered our country through ports of entry and then, in one way or another, violated the terms of their admission.)


Finally, the third leg of that tripod is the interior enforcement component of the immigration laws. This includes seeking out and arresting aliens who fail to show up for deportation (removal) hearings. These fugitives are known as "absconders." There need to be an adequate number of ICE special agents to investigate those who enter into conspiracies to commit immigration fraud where, for example, United States citizens or lawful immigrants marry aliens who want to achieve immigrant status. In these cases, these people do not live together and the citizen or immigrant receive money for this "business arrangement."

Interior enforcement must also include a vigorous effort to go after the employers of illegal aliens and the illegal aliens who work illegally in our country.

If all of these measures implemented, our nation will not be able to gain control over our borders. Without gaining control over our nation's borders and creating an immigration system that possesses real integrity, our nation will continue to be inundated by criminals and potentially terrorists. Open borders also lead to the movement of massive quantities of illegal drugs entering our country and destroying the lives of so many of our citizens. This massive influx of narcotics and other dangerous drugs is at the root cause of much of the crime and violence in our country.

Immigration fraud has been linked to criminals, spies and terrorists acquiring the ability to move freely across our nation' borders and embedding themselves in our country. This is a matter of extreme significance under any circumstances. As we wage a war against terrorists and violent gangs, it is absolutely vital that our nation be able to prevent the entry terrorists and others who would enter our country to do grave harm to our nation and our citizens.

The massive influx of illegal aliens also hammers the ability of Americans and resident aliens (lawful immigrants) to support themselves and their families by driving down wages and rolling back many of the hard-fought and hard-won battles by the labor movement over the past century. In the 1940's, the enforcement and administration of the immigration laws was placed under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Labor to protect the American worker from the deleterious effect of the entry of exploitable labor offered by illegal aliens. Our government, back then, was actually concerned about the well-being of our citizens! (Could you imagine the federal government actually being concerned about its citizens- and not just those citizens who are worth millions of dollars?)

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While we are on the topic of American workers, wouldn't it also make sense for those who claim to be motivated by a concern about morality to want to provide opportunities for American citizens and resident aliens to be able to find work and help bootstrap them into mainstream economic America and enable them to participate in the "American Dream?" For part one click below.

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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.











This is why I compare illegal aliens with burglars. If, God forbid, you came home and found a total stranger who had broken into your home, sitting in your living room, sipping your iced tea and watching your television, I do not believe your first thought would be to offer him a job and the keys to your apartment unless you suffered from some sort of debilitating mental illness!