Immigration system must work for best interest of Americans


By Michael W. Cutler

June 16, 2015

America’s immigration laws were originally enacted to protect innocent lives and the jobs of American workers by preventing the entry and continued presence of aliens engaged in crime, espionage and terrorism and aliens who would provide unfair competition for American workers.

Today the administration seems focused on how to enable immigration policies to provide for the needs of aliens, not on the well-being and concerns of American citizens.

Congressman Lou Baretta (R-Pa)
Congressman Lou Baretta

In December 2014, Congressman Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) questioned Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson about amnesty, the 9/11 Commission report and the potential unfair cost benefits of hiring illegal aliens over American workers. Barletta noted, in part, “When it comes to illegal immigration, the conversation is always about the illegal immigrant and not about the (American) people that it will affect … and it’s not fair.”

Incredibly, Johnson responded that most restaurants in Washington, D.C., employed “undocumented workers” and that he wanted to get all of those undocumented workers “on the books” by giving them work authorization. This outrageous “solution” does not deter illegal immigration, but encourages it.

Unlike Barletta, too many of our “representatives” today do not represent American workers and their families, but the super wealthy, the special interest groups and industries that fill their campaign coffers.

I began my career with the former INS in 1971. While that agency had its problems, the leaders and personnel understood that the best way to combat illegal immigration was to create deterrence through enforcement, by arresting and seeking the deportation of illegal aliens.

Under the “Employer Sanctions” provisions of the immigration laws, added in 1986, employers who knowingly hire aliens may be fined or even criminally prosecuted, but only if ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) takes the appropriate action.

It would have been unthinkable then for the commissioner of the INS or the Attorney General to state that the goal of the INS was to provide documentation for the undocumented. Had they made such an assertion, they likely would have been relieved of their job quickly – not unlike the head of the TSA who was forced out of his job when it was determined that weapons were smuggled past security personnel at various airports by internal investigators (Red Teams).

The swift reaction to the failures of the TSA stands in stark contrast with the lack of consequences when it was determined that, prior to participating in terror attacks, many foreign-born terrorists, such as the Russian-born Tsarnaev brothers and native Pakistani Faisal Shahzad (the “Times Square Bomber”), had committed immigration fraud.

Shahzad first entered the United States at age 20 with a student visa and naturalized less than one year before setting off the bomb he planted in his SUV that he parked in Times Square. In an exchange between the judge and Shahzad at sentencing, Shahzad said, “We do not accept your democracy or your freedom because we already have Sharia law and freedom.” According to the Associated Press trial coverage, the judge then asked Shahzad if he’d sworn allegiance to the U.S. when he became a citizen. Shahzad responded, “I did swear, but I did not mean it,” to which the judge replied, “So you took a false oath.”

These are just two examples of failures in our immigration processes. The examples and underlying threats in the administration, management and direction of our immigration system are numerous.

As I’ve said many times, our immigration laws are America’s first and last line of defense against international terrorists and transnational criminals. However, the true purpose of our borders and our immigration laws appears to be beyond the grasp of most politicians of both parties, including those who aspire to become our nation’s next President.


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Our borders and our immigration laws constitute America’s first line of defense and last line of defense against international terrorist organizations and transnational gangs and criminal organizations.  For decades politicians from both the Democratic and Republican parties have thrown their oaths of office, commonsense and morality to the wind for campaign contributions.

ISIS continues its murderous rampage across the Middle East and the administration refuses to accept how serious this situation is.  The reality is that terrorists would love nothing better than to carry out a major attack in the United States.  Bin Laden, as you will see in my commentary, apparently understood the true significance of the immigration system in achieving his objectives than our “leaders” understand how no matter how much they may claim otherwise- immigration, the threat of international terrorism and national security are all inextricably intertwined.

Consequently, rather than seeing in our borders and immigration laws an important weapon in the war on terror, all too many politicians and this administration in particular, see political gains to be had along with opportunities to curry favor with those who have deep pockets and over-flowing checkbooks.  They have turned that important weapon on America and Americans, flooding our nation with aliens from nearly every country on the planet to provide more tourists, more foreign students and more cheap labor.

If ever their was a time for Americans to get off their sofas and get involved, this is the time and this particular case is an important issue that needs to be addressed.  Politicians love to take to the floor of the House and the Senate to thump the podium and their chests demanding action be taken.  It is time to call them on it!  Every member of the House and Senate should be demanding that our immigration laws be used for us and not against us, We the People!

Here are some additional articles you should review:

On April 24, 2015 CAPS posted my article:

Prosecutorial Discretion Would Enable Terrorist to Remain in the U.S.

On April 16, 2015, a Federal Grand Jury in the Southern District of Ohio (Eastern Division) handed up a criminal indictment charging a naturalized United States citizen, Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud a/k/a “Ayanle,” a native of Somalia, with three federal crimes: 18 U.S.C. 2339A – Providing Material Support to Terrorists (Count 1) 18 U.S.C. 2339B – Providing Material Support to a…  

On March 9, 2015, The Daily Caller published my commentary on the abject lack of integrity to the process by which applications for a wide variety of immigration benefits undermines national security and public safety.  You may be surprised to learn just how dysfunctional this system is and how it poses a serious threat to our nation and our fellow Americans.

The title of my piece is:

“Congress Has Fully Funded The DHS — America’s Biggest Document Mill”


On February 25, 2015 The Daily Caller published my article:

“Political Asylum: How America’s Compassion Creates National Security Nightmares”

My opinion piece was predicated on a February 12, 2015 ABC News report, ” U.S. Officials Admit Concern Over Syrian Refugee Effort.”

On February 24, 2015 Progressives For Immigration Reform posted my commentary about a naturalized United States citizen who was born in Somalia, has recently been placed on the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorists List.”  The title of my piece is:

The Immigration Factor – Naturalized U.S. Citizen Added to FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists List.

Any discussion about any component of the immigration issue must begin by considering the findings and recommendations and, indeed, warnings of the 9/11 Commission.  On March 11, 2015 FrontPage Magazine published my article, 

Ignoring the 9/11 Commission’s Warnings » Even as terrorists expand operations in Europe.

This article was preceded by my December 19, 2014 article for Californians for Population Stabilization:

Obama’s ‘Gift’ to International Terrorists: Immigration Executive Action

I addressed the many components of the dysfunctional immigration system that go well beyond the obvious failure of the administration to secure the border that is supposed to separate the United States from Mexico in my article for the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s FrontPage Magazine:

Border Security and the Immigration Colander

I have come to compare the issue of securing the US/Mexican border with a wing on an airplane.  Without the wing, the airplane will not, of course, fly.  However, a wing by itself goes absolutely nowhere!  We have 50 border states and the key issue is to address the abject lack of integrity to entire immigration system.

This article was published by FrontPage Magazine on January 23, 2015:

Sleeper Cells: The Immigration Component of the Threat

On May 2, 2013, I was interviewed by Megyn Kelly of Fox News about the terror bombing of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013:

Immigration Expert: The System Failed in Boston and Keeps on Failing

On September 20, 2013 CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization) posted my article about the failures of the vetting process for alien applicants who apply for immigration benefits:

Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Background Checks Require a Reality Check

On July 30, 2012 CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization) posted my commentary:

Fraud: The Immigration Vulnerability That Undermines the Immigration System and National Security

On November 20, 2013 ABC News reported:

“Exclusive: US May Have Let ‘Dozens’ of Terrorists Into Country As Refugees

This is not a new problem, on July 13, 2011 the Washington Times published a truly disturbing article:

Visas reviewed to find those who overstayed / Aim is to find any would-be terrorists

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Michael W. Cutler, Senior Special Agent, INS (Ret.), Senior Fellow, Californians for Population Stabilization


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