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Guest worker amnesty program: worst possible thing for America










By Michael Cutler
May 24, 2008

An article was forwarded to me by a key staffer who works for Congressman Tom Tancredo.

When Tom was assailed for being a "one issue candidate," I was greatly disappointed that he failed to seize the opportunity to simply state the truth: that immigration impacts so many other aspects of our nation today that no candidate who is determined to deal with issues involving national security, criminal justice, the economy, the environment, education or health care to name but 6 of the many issues significantly impacted by immigration can hope to deal with those issues without confronting the impact of immigration on those and other major issues.

Immigration fraud is often overlooked by the politicians. In fact, I cannot think of a single candidate for the Presidency who is willing to discuss immigration fraud. Indeed, there are precious few members of the United States Senate or the House of Representatives who are willing to discuss immigration fraud.

Fraud is not a difficult topic to understand. Think of fraud as being a lie put on paper to provide the individual who commits this crime with a benefit that he or she would not be entitled to if all of the relevant facts were known.

Many people feed at the immigration fraud trough. Among those who are benefiting the most are immigration lawyers who only make a profit when they can secure employment for aliens, thereby costing United States citizens their jobs. The guild that represents computer programmers posted a covert video made of a duplicitous lawyer who was conducting a seminar for other immigration attorneys, teaching them how to make certain that no American who applied for a posted job, as the Labor Department requires, would be qualified for the job in question. You can watch this outrageous video here.

Jack Abramoff, the infamous lobbyist who is now cooling his heels in the federal prison system got his start in the 1990's by lobbying for more H1B visas for computer programmers for a law firm that Bill Gates' dad was a partner in. There are, in fact, those in the computer industry who refer to those visas as the "Abramoff Visa!"

More than American jobs are at stake, although this alone should infuriate every American.

The terrorists who attacked our nation both on February 23, 1993 and again on September 11, 2001 knew that an important component of their strategy to enter our country and then embed themselves in our country would be to commit visa fraud and immigration benefit fraud. An additional terrorist attack conducted against the CIA by a citizen of Pakistan, Amir Kansi committed immigration fraud to obtain political asylum through deception and repaid our nation's generosity by opening fire with an AK-47 outside the headquarters of the CIA on January 25, 1993. He killed two employees of the CIA and wounded three others.

On September 1, 2006 I was called upon to testify before the House Judiciary Committee hearing that was conducted in Dubuque, Iowa. I cited the example of immigration fraud committed by one of the leaders of the first attack on the World Trade Center committed on February 23, 1993. To quote from my prepared testimony at that hearing:

"A nation’s primary responsibility is to provide for the safety and security of its citizens and yet, for reasons I cannot begin to fathom, the members of the Senate who voted for S. 2611 are seemingly oblivious to the lessons that the disastrous amnesty of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) should have taught us. That piece of legislation lead to the greatest influx of illegal aliens in the history of our nation. Fraud and a lack of integrity of the immigration system not only flooded our nation with illegal aliens who ran our borders, hoping that what had been billed as a “one time” amnesty would be repeated, but it also enabled a number of terrorists and many criminals to enter the United States and then embed themselves in the United States.


A notable example of such a terrorist can be found in a review of the facts concerning Mahmud Abouhalima, a citizen of Egypt who entered the United States on a tourist visa, overstayed his authorized period of admission and then applied for amnesty under the agricultural worker provisions of IRCA. He succeeded in obtaining resident alien status through this process. During a 5 year period he drove a cab and had his license suspended numerous times for violations of law and ultimately demonstrated his appreciation for our nation’s generosity by participating in the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993 that left 6 people dead, hundreds of people injured and an estimated one half billion dollars in damage inflicted, on that iconic, ill-fated complex. America had opened its doors to him so that he might participate in the “American Dream.” He turned that dream into our worst nightmare. The other terrorists who attacked our nation on subsequent attacks, including the attacks of September 11, 2001, similarly exploited our generosity, seeing in our nation’s kindness, weakness, gaming the immigration system to enter our country and then, hide in plain sight, among us."

You can read the transcript of that entire hearing that was entitled, "IS THE REID-KENNEDY BILL A REPEAT OF THE FAILED AMNESTY OF 1986?"

Representative F. James Sensenbrenner requested that the GAO conduct an investigation into the pervasive immigration fraud crisis when he chaired the House Judiciary Committee. On March 10, 2006 he issued a press release about the findings of the GAO. The press release his office issued concerning this important vulnerability to national security.

My concerns about the lack of integrity to the immigration system prompted me to write a commentary for the Washington Times that was published in that newspaper's June 22, 2007 edition and was entitled, "Immigration bill a "No go." You can read the actual commentary here.

In that commentary I stated that the "Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill" that the Senate was about to vote on should have more accurately been named the "Terrorist Assistance and Facilitation Act of 2007." My concern was that the bill would have required USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) to process the applications of some 100,000 illegal and undocumented aliens each and every day for amnesty even though these illegal aliens had no official documentation to attest to their identities, and even their nationalities. This means that there would be no reliable or authentic means of determining when, where or how they entered the United States. This would also mean that there would be no reliable way of determining if they had criminal histories or affiliations with criminal or terrorist organizations. This bill would have required that USCIS provide them with identity documents, potentially in false names and nationalities that would enable them to immediately obtain Social Security cards, driver's licenses and other such documents in false names and enable them to embed themselves in communities around our nation. Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, in fact, saw fit to quote from portions of my commentary on three separate occasions during the floor debate conducted on the floor of the United States Senate in the days leading up to the vote last summer.

Incredibly, even though that bill and other like it were defeated by members of the Senate, the United States Senate is, even now, attempting to ram a new amnesty program for an estimated 3 million illegal alien agricultural workers and their families through the Senate by attaching this insane measure to the appropriations bill for our military operations in Iraq.

In my testimony before the House Judiciary Committee that I posted above, I wrote about Mahmud Abouhalima. He was able to remain in our country because he claimed to be an agricultural worker. The closest he ever came to a farm was when he drove his cab past Central Park. The only thing he apparently ever planted was a bomb in the basement of the World Trade Center in February, 1993!

President Clinton is famously remembered for questioning the meaning of the word "is." I believe that the Senators who are seeking to ram this wrong-headed bill down the throats of their colleagues in the Senate, and consequently of the American people are having a problem understanding the definition of the word "NO!"

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As you read the outrageous report on the fraud committed by those connected to the raid of the slaughterhouse in Iowa, I want you to understand that this corrupt and dysfunctional system is supposed to protect our jobs and our nation's security!

If you find this story makes it difficult for you to sleep tonight, you are not alone. This madness often keeps me awake at night as well! We the People must use our anger and frustration as a catalyst to force those who allege to represent us to really represent us! This is neither a Conservative issue nor is it a Liberal issue: This is an American issue!

2008 - Michael Cutler - All Rights Reserved

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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.












Immigration fraud is often overlooked by the politicians. In fact, I cannot think of a single candidate for the Presidency who is willing to discuss immigration fraud. Indeed, there are precious few members of the United States Senate or the House of Representatives who are willing to discuss immigration fraud.