Response to ‘Caught, Released Illegals Disappear’


Just a few days ago I wrote a commentary where I discussed the infamous concept of “Catch and Release.”

If, as the saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” check out the graphics at the beginning of the news report posted by the NBC affiliated station in Nashville, TN!

“Catch & Release” is the program by which ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and the United States Border Patrol, an agency that operates under the aegis of CBP (Customs and Border Protection) arrests illegal aliens and then releases them with the expectation (wink, wink) that these illegal aliens will show up voluntarily for hearings conducted by immigration judges to determine if these illegal aliens should be removed (deported) from our country.

Under this program these agencies that operate under the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) get to create the illusion that they are earning their keep, arresting illegal aliens just as the citizens of our nation expect they will do, while it is all but a foregone conclusion that illegal aliens who are released after being arrested will simply vanish into communities around our country and hide out, waiting for amnesty under “Comprehensive Immigration Reform!”

I absolutely loved the quote by the sheriff who was quoted in the news report I have attached below:

“It tells me that we’re picking sand up with a fork,” Hall said.”

Clearly the goal of ICE is to create the illusion that the job is getting done and, in a way it is. For the folks at DHS, the Department of Homeland Surrender, the job is creating the illusion that illegal aliens are being arrested and being ordered to go before immigration hearings. The problem is what happens (or doesn’t happen next)- Nothing happens!

This is reminiscent of the game of “Hide and Seek” we all played as kids. The illegal aliens hide and ICE doesn’t seek.

I remember as a young boy someone would cover his (her) eyes and after counting to ten or, perhaps twenty, the child who had been covering his eyes would announce, “Ready or not, here I come!” At that point the chase was on. Where ICE is concerned, they are still counting and still covering their eyes. Perhaps they are waiting to announce “Here I come!” after Comprehensive Immigration Reform is enacted. Then when they get their hands on those millions of illegal aliens they will simply give them the “keys to the kingdom” that a green card represents and assure them that United States citizenship is sure to follow!

Meanwhile it is an established fact that terrorists and members of transnational gangs and drug trafficking organizations are able to easily participate in this program that represents nothing less than dereliction of duty by the agencies that are charged with the responsibility of securing our nation’s borders and effectively administering the immigration benefits program.

As you read the article I also want you to consider that when illegal aliens are able to vanish as did the 1,231 illegal aliens did in this story, they are being provided with the opportunity to engage in a marriage of convenience in which they don’t live with their new spouses but are able to have petitions filed by those spouses to provide those alien absconders with a green card without having to wait for the administration’s planned amnesty program.

I can assure you that there are far more than just 1,231 hiding as they wait for the ultimate sellout of our nation by our “leaders” in Washington that is called “Comprehensive Immigration Reform.”

The illegal aliens who engage in marriage fraud actually help DHS with its campaign of deception. When an illegal alien is ordered deported and then enters into a marriage with a United States citizen or a resident alien who files an application for that illegal alien to acquire residency based on that marriage, he is likely to show up for his immigration hearing with his spouse in tow to advise the judge that he is now married and wants to become a resident alien. These aliens are likely to be granted residency and by showing up in court reduces the number of aliens who fail to show up! Everyone wins, except for We the People!

You can be certain that the administration is gearing up for Comprehensive Immigration Reform even as you read this commentary.

Here is how an online dictionary and an online thesaurus defines “comprehensive:”


Comprehensive adjective 1 complete; including all or nearly all elements or aspects of something :a comprehensive list of sources. of large content or scope; wide-ranging : a comprehensive collection of photographs. (of automobile insurance) providing coverage for most risks, including damage to the policyholder’s own vehicle : comprehensive and collision insurance. (also comprehensive examination or comp) an examination testing a student’s command of a special field of knowledge. 2 archaic of or relating to understanding. Noun (in full comprehensive school) Brit. a secondary school catering to children of all abilities from a given area.


comprehensive adjective a comprehensive review of our defense policy inclusive, all- inclusive, complete; thorough, full, extensive, all-embracing, exhaustive, detailed, in-depth, encyclopedic, universal, catholic; far- reaching, radical, sweeping, across the board, wholesale; broad, wide- ranging; informal wall-to-wall. Antonym limited.

The open borders advocates including the President, his administration and some members of our Congress believe the phrase “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” is accurate because it would provide virtually every illegal alien in our country and even millions of additional illegal aliens who have yet to arrive, with resident alien status and a pathway to United States citizenship.

My view, as you would expect, is a bit different. To my thinking, “Comprehensive” should not relate to millions of illegal aliens whose true identities, backgrounds, citizenship, affiliations and intentions are unknown and unknowable. Comprehensive should relate to the laws and procedures that are being ignored, violated and trampled in the headlong dash to generate a massive labor pool, new voters and massive campaign contributions.

I would love to see a program called COMPILE enacted- COMPrehensive Immigration Law Enforcement!

USCIS (Untied States Citizenship and Immigration Services) is the inept and incompetent agency that is run by those who believe the way to clear up the backlog of applications is to simply run the bureaucratic conveyor belt ever faster. I have often compared this with the hilarious episode of “I Love Lucy” in which the hapless Lucy and her “side-kick” Ethel, work in a candy factory and attempt to wrap bonbons as they hurtle at them on a conveyor belt that keeps on speeding up. Unable to successfully wrap all of those little morsels of candy they try eating them and then stuffing them down their clothes. Of course the audience roars! That was great entertainment!

Now consider the plight of the bureaucrats at USCIS, the adjudicators who are supposed to adjudicate millions of applications (even without the onslaught of applications Comprehensive Immigration Reform would cause.) These adjudicators cannot eat the paperwork although, perhaps they could try to shove the applications down their clothes!

The easiest way to quickly dispose of these applications is to simply approve them. I suspect that a couple of years ago when the GAO discovered the outrage that USCIS claimed to have lost 111,000 immigration files relating to a variety of such applications (including 30,000 that related to aliens who applied to become United States citizens via the naturalization process) that the files were never lost- just never applied for!

Believe it or not, all of those applications were adjudicated without the relating files!

I challenge anyone at DHS to tell me I am wrong! (I will not hold my breath while waiting for an answer!)

If the system was on the level, USCIS in conjunction with ICE would go after as many fraud-filled applications as possible and make the folks understand that immigration fraud will be investigated, discovered and pursued. I am confident that if this were done, far fewer applications for immigration benefits would be filed because many aliens and their United States citizen petitioners would be intimidated at the prospect of being arrested and prosecuted.

With fewer applications to process, the waiting time for the honest aliens would be reduced greatly and there would be far more integrity to the entire system, thereby enhancing national security and sending a clear message to people around the world that our country is, indeed, a nation of laws!

This way of doing business, however, flies in the face of the way that our government has come to do business. Since when did integrity, decency and fairness have a place in the government of our nation? How many decades back would we have to go to find it?

Comprehensive Immigration Reform is a classic example of the cure being far worse than the disease!

Any politician who supports Comprehensive Immigration Reform is working against the security of our nation and the well being of our citizens.

Any politician who refuses to work to secure our borders and create an immigration system that has integrity is either corrupt or too dumb to keep his (her) job. Any politician, irrespective of party affiliation who favors Comprehensive Immigration Reform should be shown the door at the next election!

If you find yourself to be in agreement with this commentary, I ask that you forward it to as many of your friends and family members as possible and encourage them to do the same.

Next year each and every member of the House of Representatives is up for reelection. Next year more than one third of the members of the United States Senate will have to face their constituents. They need to be reminded that they work for us, We the People!

However, the practice of good citizenship does not end in the voting booth, it only begins there. The large scale apathy demonstrated by citizens of this nation has emboldened elected representatives to all but ignore the needs of the average American citizen in a quest for massive campaign funds and the promises of votes to be ostensibly delivered by special interest groups. There is much that we cannot do but there is one thing that We the People absolutely must do- we must stop sitting on the sidelines! The collective failure of We the People to get involved in make our concerns known to our politicians have nearly made the concerns of the great majority of the citizens of this nation all but irrelevant to the politicians. I implore you to get involved!

Any American who has lost his job certainly has enough time on his (her) hands to get involved!

Any American who fears the loss of his job must make effective use of his spare time to make certain he keeps his job! (Remember, the job save may be your own!) If this situation concerns you or especially if it angers you, I ask you to call your Senators and Congressional “Representative. This is not only your right- it is your obligation! You need to politely but pointedly, demand to know what they are doing to protect our nation. You need to ask them how they are protecting you and your families. You can also forward this commentary to them. All I ask is that you make it clear to our politicians that we are not as dumb as they hope we are! We live in a perilous world and in a perilous era. The survival of our nation and the lives of our citizens hang in the balance This is neither a Conservative issue, nor is it a Liberal issue- simply stated, this is most certainly an AMERICAN issue! You are either part of the solution or you are a part of the problem! Democracy is not a spectator sport! Lead, follow or get out of the way!

I-Team: Caught, Released Illegals Disappear Reported By Jeremy Finley

Michael Cutler, a former Senior INS Investigator, an expert witness in more than a dozen Congressional Hearings is a Fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies and an advisor to the ‘911 Families for a Secure America.’ He writes about the nexus between immigration and national security.