More American Families Losing Their Share of The ‘American Dream’

As you likely know, I have been intimately involved in the immigration issue for more than four decades. I entered on duty with the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) in October 1971 as an Immigration Inspector. Four years later I made a career change and although I continued with the INS, I became a Criminal Investigator/Special Agent where I served out the balance of my 30 year career. I rotated through every squad within the investigations branch and spent nearly half of my career working in close cooperation with local and state police as well as with nearly every federal law enforcement agency and even with the governments of Israel, Canada, Great Britain and Japan.

I truly had a front row seat to the burgeoning immigration crisis that now profoundly impacts just about every challenge and threat our nation faces.

You can imagine my consternation and frustration when those who are adamantly oppose the enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws are referred to as being “Pro-Immigrant” while those of us who understand the importance of enforcing these laws are referred to as “Anti-Immigrant” or worse!

The immigration laws are not about bigotry or racism but about preventing the entry of aliens into our country whose presence is harmful or dangerous to the wellbeing of our citizens and our nation.

There is nothing charitable or “Pro-Immigrant” about encouraging desperate foreign nationals (aliens) to risk their lives so that, if they are successful in evading the inspections process and don’t die in the process, they will be “rewarded” by being put to work on jobs where working conditions are so substandard as to often be patently illegal and for wages that are no less substandard!

The only reason that an employer would routinely knowingly hire illegal aliens is to be able to exploit them. These greedy employers fire their United States citizen and lawful immigrant employees and replace them with illegal aliens. Yet anyone who would dare call for an end to these unlawful and illegal employment practices will likely be branded “Anti-Immigrant,” “Bigot” or “Racist!”

While there is much written about the plight of the illegal alien, reports about the plight of Americans who are losing their jobs, their homes and their share of the “American Dream” are few and far between!

There are few articles written about how foreign countries such as Mexico not only see in their citizens a valuable commodity to be exported so that they can send back tens of billions of dollars in remittances- money they are paid for toiling away in horrific work environments, but also that when these workers leave their families behind to run our borders, the Mexican oligarchy gains something even more important- the greatly reduced likelihood of insurrection!

Most of these illegal who come to the United States are young, able-bodied men who, if they could not make their way across the border might well rise up and demand opportunities in their own country! Simply stated, the United States serves as an economic and a societal “safety valve” for a country that has all of the ingredients for a much higher standard of living for most of its citizens, except that most of the wealth is owned and controlled by a tiny percent of the Mexican population and the wealthy are not about to allow this to change!

Today, in fact, rather than having the United States serve as the role model for Mexico, as impossible as this might have been a couple of decades ago, Mexico is now the role model for the United States!

This evening, Sunday, December 18th, the CBS News program, “60 Minutes” ran an extremely disturbing report that was entitled:

“There Goes the Neighborhood”

Here is a link to this report that I urge you to watch:;cbsCarousel

The news report will explain the reason that the houses in the photo were bulldozed- you have to see this to believe it!

More and more American families are losing their share of the “American Dream” and all too often, the culprit, or at least a major contributing factor is greed- the sort of greed that would cause employers to fire American workers and the sort of greed that caused bankers to make the sort of decisions that exacerbated the situation.

As I have noted on many previous occasions, you would be hard pressed to find a candidate for a political position who would not promise to help create jobs, but when politicians on all levels of our government refuse to enforce the immigration laws, ever more foreign workers replace American workers at all levels of the economic scale.

Poverty begets poverty and it is time that this madness be brought to a screeching halt!

Let’s start out by getting a couple of terms straight- anyone who opposes the effective enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws and the securing of our borders, especially in this particularly perilous era is not “Pro-Immigrant” but “Pro-Exploitation!”

They are also richly deserving of the title, “Anti-American Worker!”

It is time for our nation’s leaders, on all levels, to come to terms with the fundamental fact that the purpose of our immigration laws is to protect our nation and our citizens from aliens whose presence has the potential to have a serious adverse impact. Ignoring those laws exposes our nation and our citizens to a variety of serious threats and challenges ranging from national security and criminal justice and public safety to the economy, the environment, healthcare and education!

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.

For far too long our citizens demonstrated apathy which 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.

It is therefore understandable that the politicians of both parties, are greatly concerned about the demonstrations currently sweeping our nation just as did the creation of the Tea Party. Clearly more and more of our fellow Americans are demonstrating that they are not as dumb as the politicians from both parties had expected us to be!

I am encouraged that more and more of us, We the People, are not willing to simply sit on the sidelines anymore!

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!

I also believe that the original purpose of our nation’s immigration laws need to be brought “front and center” to make certain that our nation does not permit the entry of aliens into our country whose presence in our country is problematic for the citizens of our nation and that if such aliens do succeed in entering our country that our nation have the resources, integrity and dedication to do everything possible to make it impossible for such aliens to function within our country so that even if they are not apprehended, they will find it pointless to remain in the United States.

As I have noted on a number of occasions, “No one would break into the amusement park if they could not get to go on the rides and no one remains in the amusement park at the end of the day when they turn shut down the rides and turn off the lights!”

If our government’s failures to secure our nation’s borders and effectively enforce our immigration laws 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!

Laboring Under a Misconception

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.