Massive Amnesty Program Provides Pathway for Terrorists to Cross Borders

This coming Thursday, May 12th President Obama plans to travel to El Paso, Texas to once again push Comprehensive Immigration Reform. El Paso is an interesting place for him to make this speech because it is across the border from the Mexican town of Ciudad Juarez- one of the most violent cities in all of Mexico and hence on this planet!

The border that is supposed to separate the United States from the mayhem in Mexico is anything but secure yet the current administration, as did the previous administration appears to be hell bent to create the illusion of security while making damned certain that it serves as little more than a speed bump to the criminals and terrorists who easily enter our country in violation of our laws!

Here is a link to the news account about President Obama’s planned visit to El Paso:

Before I discuss this upcoming event, I want to provide a perspective that must be considered before we contemplate “Comprehensive Immigration Reform.”

As you probably know, I was invited to appear on Fox & Friends this past Saturday, May 7th, to debate yet another sanctuary policy decision by the government of San Francisco.

Here is a link to my segment on the program:

While I waited to go on the air I happened to catch the interview with former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee and could not help but take notice of his comments about his anger at the images of people in Pakistan chanting and ranting “Death to America!” and “Death to Americans!”

Certainly I share Governor Huckabee’s anger and concern about these people who openly call for the death to our nation and our citizens and believe that Osama Bin Laden was a hero and that our gallant Navy SEALS had no right to kill the leader of one of the most vile, violent and pernicious terrorist organizations on the planet- al-Qaeda!

What really caught my attention was a simple statement made by the Governor- he said that if it was in his authority, he would get hold of the passports of everyone of those screaming demonstrators and copy down their names and passport numbers and make certain that our country would never, ever permit then into our country!

Certainly Governor Huckabee is right- we should do all we can to prevent the entry of such individuals into our country to make certain that they don’t do us harm- however while the idea of attempting to identify such blatantly anti-American aliens and prevent their lawful entry into our country, our nation’s extremely porous borders would make it easy for such aliens to simply destroy their passports and enter our country by running our borders. This way they could circumvent any efforts intended to prevent their entry into our country and provide, for them, the additional benefit of not creating a record of their entry into our country.

While it is certainly true that not all of the thousands of screaming demonstrators would actually attempt to carry out an attack against our nation or our citizens- I am certain that most of them would certainly love to come to the United States to act, in some fashion, on behalf of al-Qaeda or another terrorist organization to assist in hurting our nation and/or our citizens in one way or another.

In discussing the need to keep aliens out of our country whose presence would be problematic for our nation and our citizens, we should consider the fundamental reason that we have immigration laws in the first place- the need to make certain that we do not permit foreign nationals (aliens) into our country whose presence would be harmful or even dangerous to the well being of our nation and and citizens.

Here is a link to the section of law (Title 8 of the United States Code, Section 212) that establishes the grounds under which aliens must be prevented from entering our country:


Now we come back to the issue about the President heading to El Paso, Texas this coming Thursday to speak about the need for enacting Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

Here is the point that is often conveniently forgotten by the President and other advocates for Comprehensive Immigration Reform- under the auspices of that fatally flawed concept, unknown millions of “Undocumented” illegal aliens would be provided with official identity documents that could immediately be used to enable the aliens who received those documents to apply for driver’s licenses, Social Security Cards, library cards, credit cards and other such forms of official identity documents. That is why the identity documents that are issued by a state or federal government agency are known as “breeder documents).

Governor Huckabee’s desire to prevent those calling for the death of our citizens or the death of our nation from entering our nation is a sound philosophy- the problem is that if such aliens seek to enter the United States to do harm to us, the likelihood is that they may attempt to enter our country by running the borders of our nation without their passports! Consider how many aliens are apprehended by the Border Patrol who are citizens of “Special Interest” countries- that is to say, countries that are associated with the sponsorship of terrorism. One of my concerns is that it is absolutely impossible to sit across the table from another human being and know with certainty what that person’s true identity is. This also includes even determining what the person’s country of citizenship is. Recently there have been news reports about Hezbollah setting up shop in Mexico close to the Border with the United States near San Diego, California. We also know that there are training camps operating in the “Tri-Border Region” of Bazil including members of Hezbollah, Hamas and likely, al-Qaeda.

WSB-TV has been doing a terrific job of reporting on how our porous borders are providing illegal aliens from so-called “Special Interest” countries- countries that are involved with state sponsored terrorism have been arrested attempting to enter our country.

Brad Stone, a producer for the Special Projects Unit of WSB-TV, the Atlanta based ABC Network affiliated station, has been spearheading these reports and has interviewed me on a number of occasions for his station’s continuing coverage of this major threat to our nation’s security.

Here is a link to one of a series of these reports that aired on his station last year:

A recent Pentagon report noted that increasing numbers of Iranian Qods “Shock Troops” had been sent to Venezuela.

Here is a link to a news report that appeared in the Washington Times on April 21, 2010 about this disturbing and growing threat that was entitled, “Iran boosts Qods schook troops in Venezuela:”

Here is the link to the report that the Pentagon provided to Congress on Tehran’s military that served as the predication for the news report:

The online edition of the British newspaper, the Daily Mail, posted a news report, on January 28th, that was entitled:

“Controversial Muslim cleric caught being smuggled into U.S. over Mexico border”

Here is the link to that news report:

The report noted that:

U.S. border guards got a surprise when they searched a Mexican BMW and found a hardline Muslim cleric – banned from France and Canada – curled up in the boot.

Said Jaziri, who called for the death of a Danish cartoonist that drew pictures of the prophet Mohammed, was being smuggled into California when he was arrested, along with his driver Kenneth Robert Lawler.

The 43-year-old was deported from Canada to his homeland Tunisia in 2007 after it emerged he had lied on his refugee application about having served jail time in France.

On May 26, 2010 Fox News ran a news report entitled:

Feds Issue Terror Watch for the Texas/Mexico Border

Here is the link to that worrisome report:

The report begins with the following passage: The Department of Homeland Security is alerting Texas authorities to be on the lookout for a suspected member of the Somalia-based Al Shabaab terrorist group who might be attempting to travel to the U.S. through Mexico, a security expert who has seen the memo tells

The Department of Homeland Security is alerting Texas authorities to be on the lookout for a suspected member of the Somalia-based Al Shabaab terrorist group who might be attempting to travel to the U.S. through Mexico, a security expert who has seen the memo tells

The warning follows an indictment unsealed this month in Texas federal court that accuses a Somali man in Texas of running a “large-scale smuggling enterprise” responsible for bringing hundreds of Somalis from Brazil through South America and eventually across the Mexican border. Many of the illegal immigrants, who court records say were given fake IDs, are alleged to have ties to other now-defunct Somalian terror organizations that have merged with active organizations like Al Shabaab, al-Barakat and Al-Ittihad Al-Islami.

In 2008, the U.S. government designated Al Shabaab a terrorist organization. Al Shabaab has said its priority is to impose Sharia, or Islamic law, on Somalia; the group has aligned itself with Al Qaeda and has made statements about its intent to harm the United States. Meanwhile we have had a continual stream of press releases and media appearances by Janet Napoltiano, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Surrender telling us that all was well and the border is now safer than it has been in years.

New York’s Senior Senator, Chuck Schumer has been insisting for years that the borders are so secure that we should now place the millions of illegal aliens whose true identities are unknown and unknowable on a pathway to United States citizenship!

If illegal aliens who speak flawless Spanish are encountered in the United States, how does anyone determine what their true nationalities are? In fact, Robert Mueller, the Director of the FBI has provided Congressional testimony, on a number of occasions in which he warned about how terrorists from the Middle East might, indeed, attempt to pass themselves off as being from Latin America.

If you agree with Governor Huckabee that it is essential to prevent the entry of aliens into our country who are determined to kill Americans and destroy our way of life, how do you accomplish that critically important goal with millions of illegal aliens who are currently present in our country and they do not have a single scrap of official, credible documentation to attest to their true identities? Why on earth would you want to provide those millions of illegal aliens with official identity documents when there is absolutely no way of determining anything about them?

The politicians who favor “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” will, no doubt, talk about how their program would require these millions of illegal aliens to undergo a “Security Check.” A security check is all but worthless. All that it would entail would be to fingerprint the alien applying for participating in Comprehensive Immigration Reform and then running whatever name they claim is their name through a computerized database. If a terrorist entered our country by running our borders and then maintained a low profile and did not interact with law enforcement authorities and hence was never arrested- the fingerprints of that alien would come back as a “No Hit>” This means that there is no record of that person in our databases. If the name was fictitious, then the name would also come back as a “No Hit.” At this point USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) would provide that alien with an official identity document, that as I noted above, would serve as a superb “breeder document!”

You should also know that most of the names of various terror watch lists and “No Fly” lists are often not backed up by any form of bio-metric- this means that if an alien is able to acquire a new identity he (she) can easily circumvent those terror watch lists and “No Fly” lists!

This is why I have come to refer to Comprehensive Immigration Reform by a more honest and descriptive name- the Terrorist Assistance and Facilitation Act!

As you may know, on June 27, 2007- the last time an effort was made to ram “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” down our throats, I wrote an Op-Ed piece for the Washington Times that was entitled, Immigration bill a “No Go”

Here is a link to that article that detailed my concerns about that ill-conceived and blatantly wrong-headed legislation:

The false argument often used by the politicians who favor Comprehensive Immigration Reform is that if aliens who were working in our country were provided with lawful status that there would be no incentive for illegal aliens to run our borders. This argument is riddled with more holes than our borders that are supposed to protect our nation!

Every time the administration and politicians voice support for such massive amnesty program the flood of illegal aliens running our nation’s borders increase because such promises of providing a pathway to United States citizenship entices many more illegal aliens to run our nation’s borders!

It is estimated that there are more than one billion human beings on this planet who live below the poverty line and have no access to decent food or water that is safe to drink. While not all of these poverty stricken people live in Latin America, many illegal aliens from all over the world make their way to Mexico in order to attempt to run our borders. Back in 1986 the concept of a “one time” Amnesty was proposed for the one million illegal aliens who were believed to be present in our country back then. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) made amnesty for the illegal aliens present in our country a major component of that legislation. As you no doubt know, our nation ultimately provided lawful status for approximately four million illegal aliens and many of them, as it turned out, lied on their applications and committed fraud but most of them got away with their deceit and became resident aliens and even United States citizens. A number of them were subsequently determined to be terrorists.

Various leaders of our nation have made it clear that the demise of Bin Laden may well elevate the potential that terrorists may seek to attack our nation to take reprisals. Vigilance takes many forms but it should begin with our government finally securing our borders against aliens who would seek to circumvent the inspections process. It should mean an end to the Visa Waiver Program. It should mean that more efforts most be made to do a much better job of seeking to uncover fraud in the immigration benefits program that provides aliens with “keys to the kingdom” which resident alien status and especially United States citizenship provides to aliens.

Increased vigilance most certainly must mean that our government not even contemplate providing official identity documents, lawful status and a pathway to United States citizenship to millions of illegal aliens whose true identities, backgrounds and potential affiliation with criminal and/or terrorist organizations.

There is a laundry list of reasons why Comprehensive Immigration Reform is wrong-headed and would represent a betrayal to our citizens but first and foremost is the issue of national security. There is a two word phrase that we were taught when we were children- “Safety First!”

Because of our nation’s long standing failures to secure our borders and create an immigration system that has integrity, our nation and our citizens remain exposed to serious threats.

This must stop!

Nothing less than the survival of our nation and our citizens hang in the balance!

A country without secure borders can no more stand than can a house without walls!

If our country is to survive and if our children and their children are to get their share of the “American Dream” the citizens of this nation must take their citizenship seriously!

We the People must be the best citizens we can be, citizens who are worthy of the gallantry demonstrated by our valiant men and women in the military, law enforcement and firefighters, who routinely go in harm’s way in defense of this nation and our citizens.

My goal in writing this and other commentaries is to point out our nations many failings before more victims pay the ultimate price for the incompetence and ineptitude of our government.

The first step in problem-solving is to first identify the problems and vulnerabilities and then devise strategies to overcome them.

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. We need to create a “Bucket Brigade of Truth!”

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 resolve this year to get involved!

I believe our nation’s is greatly benefited by the rich diversity of our people which is why I could never imagine living anywhere except New York City, arguably the most diverse city in our nation if not, in fact, the world. However, my idea of diversity most certainly does not include members of MS-13, the Mexican drug cartels or members of other transnational gangs or members of al-Qaeda!

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!

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!

Michael Cutler
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.