US SENATE RESURRECTS "THE FREDDY KRUEGER" AMNESTY BILL
I came across an article that ran in the Sunday edition of the New York Times. I thought that it would be worth commenting on this article.
If the fact of the matter is that President Bush found the work ethic of the Mexican laborers he lived and worked with to be inspiring, I for one cannot fault him for appreciating their hard work. The issue where illegal immigration is concerned is not whether or not those who come from other countries to our country are conscientious, the issue is whether or not they are here legally or illegally. Mexico does not provide the only hard working people. Our nation, in fact, was built by immigrants who legally came to the United States from almost every nation on this planet. My mother, in fact, came to the United States from her native Poland a few years ahead of the Holocaust that would cost 13 million people their lives including the 6 million Jews, including my grandmother and other members of my family.
When my mother came to the United States she was a teenager who had no where to live so she rented an apartment in a rooming house and got a job at an umbrella factory. She earned all of three dollars per week and managed to send a few cents home to her mother who was unable to come to the United States. Of course three dollars went much further back then, but it was still, by any reckoning, a meager amount of money.
My mother was fluent in two languages, unfortunately, neither language was English. She could speak, read and write Polish and Yiddish. Once she got here she set out to learn English, the language of the country to which she owed her allegiance, the United States of America.
My dad, on the other hand did not have far to travel to get to the United States, he needed only to get through the birthing process, he was born in Brooklyn, New York. His parents and most of his siblings, however, came to the United States from Russia. My grandfather was a Kossak in the Russian army and was fed up with the way that the peasants and Jews were treated in Russia by the Tsar and his regime. It offended his sense of justice. At the age of 33 he went to the American Embassy and made arrangements for his family to legally immigrate to the United States. They boarded a ship not long after the turn of the Twentieth Century and headed for the United States. My grandfather had a number of skills. He was a roofer and a coppersmith. He was also a plumber. The one thing he lacked was the ability to communicate in the English language. Shortly after he and his wife and kids arrived in the United States he set out to learn English by translating the Yiddish newspaper by comparing it with the previous day's edition of the New York Daily News since the Yiddish paper, the "Forward" was largely a word for word translation of the previous day's Daily News newspaper. He did this by candlelight at the dining room table after everyone had eaten. He worked a 6 day week and worked more than 12 ours a day.
My dad was a plumber and I often hung out with him on the construction jobs where he worked and grew up around the construction workers who were my dad's closest friends. They were a tough bunch of characters who put in a hard day's work for a paycheck. They would only be paid for the hours that they actually worked. Therefore my dad would often go to work with a bad cold because a day off from work meant a day without pay! Many of my dad's friends were badly injured on the job. Construction work, especially when I was a boy was considered more dangerous than law enforcement. My dad and his buddies were then and still are to this day, my heroes. They helped to build my city and hence, our nation!
It is important to not lose sight of a basic truth, those who put in an honest day's work for an honest day's pay should be valued. However, the massive influx of illegal aliens has been consistently eroding wages and working conditions for all Americans. When the President and other claim that the illegal aliens do the work that Americans don't do or won't do, I am greatly insulted. In fact, all hard working Americas should be offended by that nonsense! If there are Americans who will work in coal mines and steel foundries, if there are Americans would will drive garbage trucks and work as firefighters than I believe that there is no job that is to arduous, dirty or dangerous for the citizens of our nation to do, just so long as when they get paid for their work they can support themselves and their families! Illegal aliens are not unique in their ability and desire to do a hard day's work, it is just that they will do it for less money under conditions that are often illegal.
The Civil War that nearly split this nation in two was fought over the issue of cheap exploitable labor. Back then it was provided by slaves. Today cheap and exploitable labor is provided by illegal aliens. Illegal aliens are exploited by virtually everyone they come into contact with. They are exploited by their own government who want them to come to the United States to send money home and enrich their home country's economy. They are exploited by the savage aliens smugglers. They are exploited by many of the various advocacy organizations that claim to represent these millions of illegal aliens. In point of fact, it is quite rare to see those organization picketing the unscrupulous employers who treat those illegal aliens so miserably. Obviously the illegal aliens are exploited by the employers, but you can add to the list of those who exploit them, their lawyers who often charge them outrageous fees for their services. Illegal aliens are also preyed upon by the landlords who cram large numbers of illegal aliens into filthy, dangerous apartments that were designed to accommodate relatively small families. Illegal aliens are also exploited by criminals who manage to come to the United States from the same countries as the illegal aliens. These criminals find it easy to intimidate and victimize these people.
Meanwhile resident aliens and United States citizens are finding their own wages dropping because they are now competing with an ever increasing pool of illegal aliens who will work for far less money. The only people who make out in this situation are the very wealthy. However, they are foolish. As the middle class gets hammered, the greatest consumer group in the United States is coming under ever increasing pressure to try to make ends meet. More and more people are defaulting on their mortgages. I am concerned that a point will be reached when the average American will have to decide on whether to spend his limited money on food or heating oil to heat his home or gasoline to drive his car or whether he should purchase a new refrigerator or wide-screen television. When that day comes, the luxury items will sit on the shelf and companies will no longer be making record profits as they are today.
George Bush needs to understand that as the author Tom Wolfe put it so eloquently, "You Can't Go Home!" George Bush is creating an economic disaster for our nation as well as creating a national security nightmare as well, because it would seem he is attempting to live in the past. He often makes statements that on one level divide America by making it appear that concerns about our porous borders and dysfunctional immigration system are about a dislike of Mexican or Latinos. Nothing could be further from the truth! This is about the physical as well as the fiscal survival of our nation! Of course on the other hand, those outrageous statements have also united the vast majority of Americans; against him!
I hope that George Bush really does have respect and admiration for those who work so hard to feed their families. He would do well to remember that the citizens of the United States are the most productive of any workers in the world. It is time that he considered that fact when he talks about the "Work Americans won't do!"
I also hope that the members of the Senate who are considering the immigration bill that I have now given an extra nickname to: "The Freddy Krueger Bill" (because it seemingly won't die) realize that the majority of Americans are outraged by this legislative travesty. I recently referred to that bill as being the "Terrorist Assistance and Facilitation Act of 2007." That one bill has so many components that have the potential to do so much harm to our country and our citizens. It would devastate the American worker and leave our nation vulnerable to terrorist attacks. It would also make it virtually impossible to remove criminal aliens who are preying upon the citizens and resident aliens of our country. Any senator who would approve that bill should be seen by his constituents for being their worst nightmare! Any senator who votes for that bill should be sent a packing the next time that he/she is up for re-election! With Congress "enjoying" a 14% approval rating I wonder what senator would be stupid or arrogant enough to support that bill!
© 2007 - Michael Cutler
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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.
George Bush is creating an economic disaster for our nation as well as creating a national security nightmare as well, because it would seem he is attempting to live in the past.