The Practice of Good Citizenship Does Not End in The Voting Booth

In this commentary, I have tackled the ample motivations that our own government provides to foreign nationals (aliens) to violate our nation’s borders. This is done by not only failing to secure our borders and failing to seek the removal of unknown millions of illegal aliens (likely tens of millions of illegal aliens who are present throughout our country today, but then providing them with all sorts of rewards that undermine American citizens and lawful immigrants and cost our nation hundreds of billions of dollars and also endanger the safety and security of our nation, our citizens and, indeed, all who work and visit the United States from foreign countries.

It is hard to blame illegal aliens for violating our borders and our laws when the President of the United States and high ranking members of his administration and politicians in Washington and, in fact, throughout our country, openly declare their disdain for our borders and immigration laws and repeatedly call for placing illegal aliens on a “pathway to United States citizenship!”

Laws are only relevant and respected if they are enforced and if the leaders of our nation send a clear and unequivocal message about the importance of those laws.

What should be expected of illegal aliens when the leaders of their countries lionize their citizens who run America’s borders and then work in violation of law to send money back to their home countries and the leaders of our country echo the very same sentiment?

When a motorist is caught speeding, running a red light or driving recklessly, that driver faces a number of adverse actions that begin with being fined. That errant motorist may also lose his (her) license and have his vehicle seized by law enforcement. In some instances such individuals may also face time in jail.

Could you imagine a municipality telling its police officers who stop speeders to give the speeders money?

Could you imagine police officers being told to give reckless drivers brand new cars?

In such a far-fetched situation, could you imagine what sort of bedlam would ensue on the roads of such a municipality?

Why should anyone be surprised that there are so many illegal aliens in our country today when you realize that illegal aliens being granted employment authorization, tax credits, free health care and a list of other such costly benefits when their mere presence in the United States represents a violation of our laws that were enacted to protect our nation and our citizens?

What surprises me is that any alien would actually follow the lawful route to entering our country as the federal government makes an utter mockery of those laws!

If the goal is to deter individuals from violating laws then those who violate laws must come to expect that they may well get caught and have to pay a significant price for their transgressions – not provide them with lucrative rewards for their transgressions!

What must the people around the world think about the lunacy of our country that is facing the highest deficit since the founding of this nation providing huge financial incentives for still more illegal aliens to violate our borders?

In my CAPS commentary, I provided only a partial list of some of these insane financial incentives that are eagerly provided to illegal aliens while the citizens of our country are facing the consequences of the financial insolvency of the United States!

This is the equivalent of a family feeding total strangers while they send their own children off to bed with empty stomachs!

Such parents would likely lose custody of their children. The time has come for politicians who would foist this madness on our country and our citizens to be made to pay for their outrageous decisions – they must pay with their jobs come Election Day!

I have noted in the past some sage bits of advice and “words of wisdom” provided to my by my parents when I was growing up. My dad often said that I would teach people how they should treat me by demonstrating in a consistent and clear manner what I would tolerate and what I would not tolerate. All too many of our leaders have sent a very clear message to people across this planet that our nation’s immigration laws that were meant to be broken!

Now that we know what these “leaders” will tolerate where our immigration laws are concerned – what are you willing to tolerate where these politicians are concerned?

Have you made your position clearly and unequivocally known to your elected representatives?

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!

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!

The Amusement Park

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.