Response to ‘1,200 Illegal Workers Fired in Minnesota’

The news article I have attached below appears on the website of Numbers USA and is important to consider for a number of reasons.

First of all, it is clear that illegal aliens are, indeed, doing the work Americans and lawful immigrants very much want to do. The fact that when 1,200 illegal aliens were fired as a result of a field investigation conducted by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) all of those jobs were quickly filled, presumably by United States citizens and lawful immigrants. This makes it abundantly clear that as I noted in a recent commentary, “A job freed up by removing an illegal foreign worker creates a job for an American worker.”

While the open borders advocates like to parade a story about some illegal alien family and the tough times they are having, comparable stories about legal immigrants and Unites States citizens are all but impossible to find. Let me make this as clear as I know how- when I was an INS special agent, I never saw an impoverished illegal alien who was being exploited by an unscrupulous employer as my enemy. My heart ached to see the abject poverty in which they all too often live and the outrageous treatment they often received at the hands of the exploitive employer.

On a number of occasions when I have testified before state legislative hearings in various states around our country, the open borders advocates, including representatives of various churches, chambers of commerce and so-called “immigrant rights” groups would talk about the need to consider the “dignity of the undocumented.” They would never dare use the factually accurate term illegal alien- clarity was something they never want to confront in this debate!

In response I would relate my first hand experiences of seeing how these illegal aliens live. The squalor I often encountered made me ill. I have seen filthy, rat and insect infested apartments that had been designed to house a family of four being used to house 20 or more illegal aliens. In these apartments the floors were covered from one end to the other by filthy bare mattresses that were laid end to end and side to side. Illumination was often provided by a bare light bulb at the end of a wire hanging out of the ceiling. Often we would find a “moving wall” in such apartments. This term “moving wall” represented a bit of “gallows humor’ to describe a situation where if you turned on a light the apartment was so infested by insects that the bugs would begin scampering across the walls in such profusion that it was all but impossible to determine the color of the walls because there were so many bugs! The analogy that comes to mind would be to think about how the stands in the football stadium appear when all of the fans begin doing the “wave!”

The stench to be found in those apartments would often linger in my nostrils for more than a whole week!

Where is there dignity to be found in these situations?

The point to consider is that these people are so desperate that they will do anything to make some money. They will endure outrageous conditions at work and it is because of that desperation that unscrupulous employers hire them instead of American citizens or resident aliens who would never tolerate the deplorable substandard conditions these illegal aliens are willing to tolerate.

The reality is that those who advocate for open borders don’t care about the plight of the illegal aliens; they simply seek to gain money and political power that they can gain by exploiting the ever increasing numbers of vulnerable illegal aliens.

These advocates are also oblivious to the fact that among the massive numbers of illegal aliens are ever more members of violent gangs and drug trafficking organizations who often prey upon the aliens in our country.

Meanwhile, the unemployment rate is now above 10.2% and the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better. Furthermore, that unemployment rate does not take into account those Americans who have given up looking for work or those who have become under-employed. This contributes to houses going into foreclosure and more Americans losing their ability to support their families and feed their children.

As more Americans lose their jobs they spend less money and pay fewer taxes. As they lose their grasp on the “American Dream” their children face an uncertain future, as does our nation, itself.

It is now estimated that one in six Americans now live below the poverty line!

If the vicious spiral of unemployment and mortgage foreclosures is to be stopped, more jobs need to be created or freed up for our citizens and lawful immigrants. (That was the way the “Economic Stimulus Program” was sold to members of Congress and to the citizens of our nation. Our children’s and our grandchildren’s futures have been mortgaged to purportedly create new jobs- yet the unemployment rate continues to soar!

The politicians know what the great majority of our citizens want. Survey after survey has made it abundantly clear- the citizens of our nation want our borders secure and want the immigration system to have integrity. The problem is that most politicians know that the deep pocketed contributors want our nation’s borders to remain open. They want foreign workers to come to the United States to drive down the cost of wages. They want illegal aliens who will work “off the books” and not have to pay taxes or Workman’s Compensation for. They want to have an unlimited supply of illegal alien workers who won’t demand prevailing wages or expect to be paid overtime or premium pay on weekends.

The politicians know that they need to create the illusion of meeting the demands of their constituents will making damned certain that they satisfy the people who write those checks to fund their campaigns. The solution is to do whatever is necessary to create the illusion while leaving the borders open and enticing ever more illegal aliens to enter our country. This is the prism through which you should read the article I have attached below.

It is of course a good thing that 1,200 jobs were freed up for Americans and resident aliens- that is the good news, but here is the bad news:

Mark Cangemi, the former ICE special agent who was quoted in the article, is right when he notes that the aliens had no adverse actions taken against them. They are still “out there” undoubtedly seeking new jobs that will displace American and lawful immigrant workers at other locations.

I have been hammering away at this issue for quite some time- the situation of the employment of illegal aliens is comparable to the relationship between a hooker and the “John.” If law enforcement wants to eradicate prostitution, cops need to arrest both the prostitutes and their customers. When hookers are arrested but the John’s aren’t, those guys will generally just go elsewhere.

Once again the goal of the administration is to create the illusion that the immigration issue is being dealt with while they make certain that nothing is done to discourage more illegal aliens from running our borders. I believe that this is, in part, why the politicians are offering health care to illegal aliens (the law passed by the House or Representatives says illegal aliens won’t qualify, but there is no provision to really check the identity of aliens who seek health care.)

Promising to enact “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” serves a similar purpose. Even if the bill for Comprehensive Immigration Reform ultimately fails to pass- the goal of enticing huge numbers of illegal aliens into our country will have succeeded. Millions of aliens are watching the political process and are paying close attention to what is going on (unlike most Americans!)

These aliens have been provided with a huge incentive to run our nation’s borders- the proposal that amnesty is about to be passed.

No matter what ultimately happens with this legislation, the open borders crowd has won- it is only a matter of how much they win. If Comprehensive Immigration Reform is enacted then the open borders crowd gets a grand slam home run- many millions of illegal aliens would be accorded resident alien status and will ultimately be eligible to file applications for their families to legally immigrate to the United States. If Comprehensive Immigration Reform fails, many additional millions of illegal aliens would have entered our country anyway. With the high levels of fraud in the bureaucratic system at USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) many of these aliens will easily defraud the immigration system and become resident aliens by engaging in marriage fraud and other such scams that defraud the immigration bureaucracy every day of the week!

Furthermore, by not arresting illegal aliens and making it known to the general public that illegal aliens will not be arrested, the flood gates remain open and thus the open borders crowd is getting what they want. Where immigration is concerned, the complicity of the politicians are making the open borders advocates dream come true and, at the same time, are creating a nightmare for our citizens!

This is a variation of the famous game of chance, “Heads they win; tails we lose!”

It is time that the citizens of our country would actually win when our elected representatives go about their jobs, doing what is supposed to be the “People’s work.”

It is time that our government hired an adequate number of special agents for ICE. Today there are probably no more than 6,000 such agents and many of them are engaged in conducting investigations into violations of law comprehended under our customs laws. Customs laws deal with the movement of goods, money and resources across international borders. As one of my former colleagues at ICE recently lamented when we spoke, he told me that there appeared to be more concern that individuals were producing counterfeit brand-named articles than the fact that there are those who are producing counterfeit identity documents and passports.

The enforcement of the immigration laws impacts so many aspects of our nation today yet there are probably no more than 4,000 ICE special agents dedicated to enforcing the immigration laws from within the interior of the United States. Meanwhile, the City of New York, the safest big city in the United States- according to statistics compiled in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, can most likely attribute that success to the fact that the NYPD has approximately 37,000 police officers. Let those numbers sink in! ICE has about 10% as many agents for the entire United States of America as the NYPD has cops enforcing the laws just for the City of New York!

The military has long understood the principle of “Boots on the ground.” Law enforcement is not different. While the open borders advocates often lament that the “Immigration system is broken” it is broken because there is a severe lack of resources. The great majority of immigration laws already on the books are just fine- what is needed is the political will to get the job done- matched by an appropriate increase in resources.

This is not “rocket science” it is simply commonsense!

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!

1,200 Illegal Workers Fired in Minnesotaposted on NumbersUSA, Minneapolis, Minn.

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.