Serious Questions Need to Be Answered About Border Security

WSB-TV, the Atlanta, Georgia ABC affiliated station has been covering various aspects of the immigration crisis that is confronting our nation. They have interviewed me on a couple of occasions and this evening they ran two segments in which I make very brief appearances. Both of the news reports deal with the lack of security to be found along the United States / Mexican border and how among the tsunami of illegal aliens who seek to illegally enter our country are aliens from countries other than Mexico that are referred to as “OTM’s” (Other Than Mexican). Among these OTM’s are aliens who are citizens of so-called “Special Interest” nations- countries that are associated with the state sponsorship of terrorism or that are otherwise identified as having an involvement with international terrorists.

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The second segment disclosed that DHS has established the goal of apprehending just 30% of the illegal aliens seeking unlawful entry into our country by seeking to evade the inspections process that is supposed to document the entry of aliens and prevent the entry of aliens whose presence in our country would be harmful for a variety of reasons as established by the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)!

As a high school student 65% was a passing grade but certainly would not be cause for any celebration, but for the Department of Homeland Surrender, 30% is considered a good grade?!

In watching the video you will notice that Napolitano said that the borders are as secure as they have been! The problem is- THE BORDERS HAVE NEVER BEEN SECURE!

The candid reports make it clear that the goal of the administration is not to secure our nation’s borders but to create the illusion that the borders are secure.

It is clear that, as I noted in my brief appearance in one of the segments, that the government is attempting to treat the citizens of our nation as thought they were mushrooms! As you may know, you grow mushrooms by keeping them in the dark and feeding them a lot of fertilizer!

It is commendable that Brad Stone, the producer behind these news reports would be willing to do what all too few of his colleagues in broadcast journalism are willing to do- report on the facts as they are, not as the government attempts to claim that they are!

Time and again I have noted that it is an outrage that even as our borders remain as porous as a sieve and that illegal aliens including criminals and terrorists are barely impeded by our nation’s borders, viewing the borders as little more than “speed bumps,” that the citizens of our nation have witnessed a continual erosion of their expectations of privacy and freedom in the name of the “War on Terror” and the “War on Drugs!”

Undoubtedly, national security should be a major priority for our nation’s leaders but to secure our nation, our borders must be secure and the immigration system must have real integrity.

For far too long the “leaders” of our nation have lied to the citizens of our nation about a host of issues- immigration being only one of many.

The sixteenth president of our nation, Abraham Lincoln is remembered for many of his sayings. Today, on the eve of the midterm elections I believe that the following phrase should be seen as an admonition to elected representatives who, in their arrogance, have made the mistake of hoping that the citizens of our nation were stupid.

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”

I was happy to be interviewed by Brad as he sought to bring the truth to the citizens of our nation.

I know Brad and his colleagues at WSB-TV have other reports in the works and look forward to seeing them online also.

I hope that his forthright style of journalism will rub off on other producers and reporters at other television stations. Honest journalism is a major component of the democratic process. By shining the bright light of truth on critically important issues, journalists can provide vital information to the electorate who can use the information to know what candidates for elected office are worthy of their votes.

Providing the unvarnished truth to the citizens of our nation enable our citizens to know what is really happening and, in so doing, blowing away the language of obfuscation that is all too often used by deceptive politicians.

After the terrorist attacks committed on our nation’s soil in 1993 and again in 2001, along with the many failed attempts should have convinced our “leaders” that the borders of our nation must be made secure and the immigration system must have real integrity that protects our nation and our citizens while honoring the countless millions of lawful immigrants who have, over the past two centuries, entered our country seeking the freedoms and opportunities that made the United States the role model for the world!

Clearly this has not happened!

Tomorrow, Election Day, will hopefully be a “Day of Reckoning” for the politicians who have failed to live up to their oaths of office and have betrayed the trust of those they were elected to represent!

News reports, such as those for which I have provided for you below, along with links to the relating videos that aired on WSB-TV this evening, provide clear and convincing evidence of the duplicitous conduct of our government and many of our political “leaders.”

Honest and effective reporting enlightens the citizens of our nation and this, in turn, will require that the government finally do that which the politicians and the political appointees have tried to convince us they have been doing all along, while lying through their teeth!

This is the true value of honest journalism and is the principle behind the First Amendment!

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!”

Tomorrow, each and every member of the House of Representatives is up for reelection and 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!

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.