GOVERNMENT'S ILLUSIONAL BORDER SECURITY
The article I have attached below appears in today's Orlando Sentinel and clearly illustrates a point that I have been making for quite some time; for years our government has been providing the illusion of getting the job done without really accomplishing its vital goals. To put it another way, figures don't lie but liars can figure! The creation of false statistics to provide assurance that arriving passengers are being thoroughly screened does not make our nation safer, it only creates an illusion that the vital mission of the inspectors is being done diligently while the arriving tourists easily stream through ports of entry. The title of the article notes that this was about "Customs" in point of fact this was about the other side of the CBP house- Immigration, the laws that the administration are so loathe to enforce.
In fact, on May 5, 2005 I testified before the House Subcommittee on Immigration Border Security and claims at a hearing entitled, "NEW ''DUAL MISSIONS'' OF THE IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES" during a response to a question asked by Congressman Steve King (currently the ranking member of that subcommittee) by noting the drastic drop of the number of arriving aliens who were sent for a secondary inspection. You can read the transcript of that hearing by clicking here.
The inspectors at ports of entry comprise a component of border security. It has been estimated that some 40% of the illegal aliens present in the United States did not run our nation's borders but entered our country through a port of entry. I would remind you that the 19 terrorists who attacked our nation on September 11, 2001 entered the United States through ports of entry. I would also remind you that our nation still has a Visa Waiver Program that facilitates the entry of foreign visitors into the United States while compromising our security. The administration has focused on creating an illusion of securing our borders and, in fact, I sometime wonder if it is this desire to create an illusion of effectiveness that was behind the outrageous arrest and prosecution of Border Patrol agents Ramos and Compean as well as other Border Patrol agents.
By intimidating members of the United States Border Patrol, arrests are down because these agents who want to do an effective job are afraid that if they are involved in a confrontation they will be facing the loss of their jobs and possibly be prosecuted. In the end it is not only these valiant agents who suffer, it is "We the People" who suffer because more illegal aliens including criminals and potentially terrorists are able to enter the United States. There are politicians who have said that they would not approve a Guest Worker Amnesty program until we could gain control over our borders. As the numbers of arrests have dropped, the President has been quick to point to those lower numbers and claim that our borders are being made more secure!
In essence, this administration is about blue smoke and mirrors. It creates illusions and parades these illusions as facts. The President says that our nation has attempted to enforce the immigration laws but that an enforcement only approach has failed. He then makes the absurd statement that since enforcement only does not work, we need to implement a Guest Worker Amnesty Program! Our nation has not had an effective immigration law enforcement program for decades. That is why we now have more illegal aliens in our country than any other time in the history of our country. Blue smoke and mirrors is the stuff of a magic act but not the way that a country would or should seriously deal with its security. Smoke does not make an effective barrier!
The only question I have is who came up with the idea for the inspectors to create a false illusion of competence? Was this scheme hatched by some of the bosses at the airport, was it hatched at Headquarters or was it hatched in the Oval Office? I would also want to know if this crooked practice is being employed at other ports of entry. The inspectors note that the executives in the travel industry were behind the extreme pressure being brought to bear on the inspectors to move the passengers.
This is a very reasonable assessment- I have been told by unimpeachable sources in Washington that it is the executives from the travel, hospitality and tourism industries that have been behind the continuation of the perilous Visa Waiver Program. Think of this another way, under this administration, national security decisions are being made by corporate executives who are not particularly bright but are extremely greedy! They have forgotten how in the weeks, months and even years after the attacks of 9/11 their industries were hammered by people who were afraid to travel. This pressure to move the tourists may one day be seen as a contributing factor in the next terrorist attack!
It is time that our government did more than provide illusions of competence and enforcement. It is time that our government carries out its most basic obligation effectively; secure our borders and create an immigration system that possesses true integrity. Anything less is unacceptable. Read "Airport Workers Report Breach"
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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.
I sometime wonder if it is this desire to create an illusion of effectiveness that was behind the outrageous arrest and prosecution of Border Patrol agents Ramos and Compean as well as other Border Patrol agents.