FALSE CHOICE: ENDING DACA OR BUILDING THE BORDER WALL
President Trump doesn't have to choose. And he shouldn't.
August 30, 2017
Though there is no shortage of “fake news” appearing in the mainstream media, there are a number of reports claiming that members of the Trump administration are attempting to convince President Trump to renege on his campaign promise to rollback the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in exchange for funding for the construction of the border wall.
Before we consider this news, let’s be clear about the absolute need to secure the dangerous U.S./Mexican border. I have frequently compared securing that border with a wing on an airplane. Without a wing an airplane will not fly. However, a wing by itself goes nowhere. Though it has been estimated that nearly half of all illegal aliens did not run the southern border, and instead were admitted through America’s 325 ports of entry, securing that border is nonetheless a vital element of our immigration law enforcement system and national security.
The U.S./Mexican border is particularly dangerous because of endemic corruption of the Mexican government on all levels and the extreme level of violence in Mexico, both attributable to the Mexican drug cartels. Mexican government officials are given the choice of “silver or lead.” Either take a bribe (silver) or expect to be shot (lead).
That violence and potential for corruption flows across our border: The majority of violent crimes in the United States have a connection to the drug trade and drug addiction.
For years I have written about how the most reliable metric to determine the level of border security for the United States is not the arrest statistics by the Border Patrol, but the price and availability of heroin and cocaine in the United States since those substances are not produced in the country. Every gram of those narcotics is smuggled into the United States.
Today the United States is experiencing unprecedented levels of heroin addiction that wreaks havoc on lives and our communities. Drug smugglers also engage in human trafficking and smuggle transnational gang members into the United States.
While not all drug smuggling involves the U.S./Mexican border, a huge amount of narcotics does enter the United States along that dangerous corridor that stretches roughly 2,000 miles.
Furthermore, the 9/11 Commission made the compelling case for making border security a cornerstone of national security policy. This conclusion, in point of fact, was laid out in the preface of the official report, “9/11 and Terrorist Travel: Staff Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States."
Now let’s consider the wrong-headed program created by the Obama administration, DACA.
The mainstream media and immigration anarchists have, since the inception of the illegal implementation of the DACA program on June 15, 2012 by the Obama administration, provided blatantly false and misleading statements about this program, duping Americans into believing that DACA is for alien children.
While President Obama sold this program to the American people as providing lawful status for young aliens, in reality aliens as old as 31 years of age could qualify if they claimed to have entered the United States prior to their 16th birthdays.
The program additionally required that these aliens continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time. Again, without face to face interviews and no field investigations, there would be absolutely no way to determine if these aliens met these requirements.
Unfortunately, there were no interviews and no field investigations to verify any of the claims made in the applications. This created an open invitation to fraud. Because of a dearth of resources, and the hundreds of thousands of applications that were filed, fraudsters are not likely to be caught.
To underscore this concern, a review of the Statistics for DACA from 2012 though June 30, 2016, as posted by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), shows that hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens benefited from this program and that a very small percentage of the applications were denied.
Immigration fraud is not a “victimless crime.” In fact, immigration fraud was identified by the 9/11 Commission as the key entry and embedding tactic of terrorists. DACA’s integrity is undermined by an abject lack of personnel and resources.
Furthermore, while not generally reported in the media, adjudications officers can approve an application for DACA in mere minutes while a denial of an application may require hours or days to perform, in anticipation of an appeal being filed by the attorneys representing the aliens in question. This placed enormous pressure on the adjudications officers to approve the great majority of the applications so that these beleaguered officials can meet quotas that were established to achieve productivity goals.
It must also be noted how the DACA program undermines the crucially important inspections process conducted at ports of entry of aliens seeking to come into the United States.
Open-borders immigration anarchists claim that illegal aliens enter the United States “undocumented.” That term is an artifice of language that could have been created by the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s novel, “1984.”
In reality, aliens who run our borders, evading the U.S. Border Patrol and the inspections process, enter the United States without inspection.
Obviously no record of entry is created when illegal aliens enter the United States without inspection. Therefore, without an actual field investigation, there is no reliable way to know when, where or how such illegal aliens actually entered the United States. There may also be no reliable way to determine the true identities or criminal histories of these illegal aliens. This was much the case when, in the name of “compassion,” the Obama administration encouraged the flood of unknown “Unaccompanied Minors” across the U.S./Mexican border. This led to the influx of members of the violent and vicious gang members including MS-13.
The MS-13 problem in the has become so acute that it has been the subject of multiple congressional hearings, including the June 20, 2017 the House Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence field hearing on the topic "Combating Gang Violence On Long Island: Shutting Down The MS-13 Pipeline," and the June 21, 2017 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “The MS-13 Problem: Investigating Gang Membership, its Nexus to Illegal Immigration, and Federal Efforts to End the Threat.”
Advocates for immigration anarchy have become adept at providing false choices and justification for absurd policies. One of their favorites is to claim that if we cannot deport 11 million illegal aliens we should “solve the problem” by legalizing them to get them “out of the shadows.”
Of course, in reality, there are likely 30 or 40 million illegal aliens in the United States and because of the same lack of resources and lack of integrity in the administration of the DACA program, there would be no way to interview those millions of illegal aliens or conduct field investigations or even search for illegal aliens who refuse to emerge from the shadows.
These ridiculous arguments are never used where drunk driving or other such crimes are concerned. However, where immigration law enforcement is concerned, the arguments have gotten successively more absurd. Many Americans have been duped by anarchists who repeat these false arguments as frequently as possible.
The truth is that our borders must be made truly secure and, consequently, DACA must be allowed to fade out.
President Trump needs to order that when the period for aliens granted temporary lawful status under DACA expires, no action be taken to extend their authorizations, leaving them vulnerable to removal (deportation).
America has the most generous immigration policies of any country on this planet. Massive amnesty programs not only undermine national security and public safety, but insult the million lawful immigrants who are admitted into the United States each year and abide by the rule of law and the spirit of our laws. It can only be hoped President Trump recognizes his obligation with respect to DACA.
Michael Cutler on Trump's MS-13 CrackdownMichael Cutler discusses President Trump's crackdown on the MS-13 gang.
Ex-INS Agent: Media Should 'Fire' Reporters Who Don't Report Gang Violence
Newsmax TV's "Newsmax Now"
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Friday, 28 Jul 2017 10:41 PM
Former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) agent Michael Cutler told Newsmax TV's "Newsmax Now" on Friday the media needed to "fire" their reporters and "start over with new employees" in order to get the message out about the violence posed by gangs and the horrific acts attributed to the infamous MS-13 gang.
"Fire them and start over with new employees," Cutler said. "They've been brainwashed or they have a real problem with the truth. I'm talking about the media. Fire them right now."
Cutler said the media had blurred "the distinction between citizens, immigrants and illegal aliens." He explained immigration laws were designed to "keep out aliens who pose a threat to national security and public safety and make certain that aliens who do enter the United States don't pose a threat to the livelihoods of Americans."
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Cutler explained he began investigating MS-13 on Long Island 25 years ago when it was a "minor problem," but said it now had "metastasized into one of the biggest challenges facing law enforcement across the country." He attributed the rise to "not so benign neglect."
"We've got to go after these people. They are killing children. They are recruiting kids as young as eight years old in public school. They're responsible for an estimated 20 homicides in less than two years just out on Long Island," he said.
"How in the world do you ignore that threat and accuse law enforcement of being violent when these folks are carving up children, young girls, wreaking havoc in the ethnic immigrant communities," he added.
News programs that referred to President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration as a "travel ban of aliens from Muslim majority countries" should actually call it by its official title, which is "Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States," Cutler maintained.
On Friday Trump traveled to Long Island to urge Congress to increase funding for his crackdown on illegal immigration and violent crime. Targeting MS-13 is a top priority of his administration.
"Together we're going to restore safety to our streets and peace to our communities and we're going to destroy the vile, criminal cartel MS-13 and many other gangs," Trump said Friday, CNN reported.
REAL LEGISLATION TO COMBAT TERRORISM
Welcome to a bill that makes a crucial first step.
July 7, 2017
The continuing threat of terror attacks committed by international terrorists in the United States requires meaningful, decisive and effective action that protects America and Americans.
Congressman Raul Labrador, a Republican from Idaho, has introduced legislation that would help address the issue of the lack of integrity to the refugee program. His bill is H.R. 2826 (Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act of 2017) and addresses an area of critical importance, imbuing the refugee program with meaningful integrity to combat fraud in this program.
I am particularly gratified by Congressman Labrador’s efforts. I have repeatedly noted in my appearances before Congressional hearings and elsewhere that the lack of integrity of the immigration system created a national security vulnerability that international terrorists and transnational criminals and fugitives frequently exploited, often with deadly consequences.
I have also noted that the lack of integrity of the immigration system was attributable to the lack of integrity of all too many politicians from both political parties creating “Immigration Failure - By Design.”
These politicians hypocritically claim that “the immigration system is broken” while never providing the resources that would enable DHS to enforce and administer the immigration laws to prevent the entry and embedding of international terrorists and transnational criminals.
However while H.R.2826 would require DHS more carefully vet the applications for refugees and maintain awareness about their activities after they admitted into the United States this level of scrutiny and vigilance must not be limited to refugees but also must be applied to aliens who are granted political asylum.
There are many examples of aliens who, upon being granted political asylum, carried out or attempted to carry out terror attacks in the United States.
One of the most notorious examples of this involves the Tsarnaev brothers who carried out the deadly terror attack at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.
Along with other members of their family they were lawfully admitted into the United States as nonimmigrants from their native Russia.
They subsequently applied for an were granted political asylum when they made a claim of “credible fear” that they could not return to their home country. However, shortly after being granted political asylum they voluntarily flew back to Russia.
Nevertheless, both brothers were granted lawful immigrant status along with other members of their family and one of the brothers, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, currently incarcerated and awaiting his execution having been found guilty of his murderous terror attack, became a naturalized United States citizen, ironically on September 11, 2012.
His older brother, Tamerlan, was killed in a shootout with law enforcement officers during the attacks. He had applied for citizenship but that applications was never approved.
The adjudications of applications for lawful immigrant status require thorough background investigations. Under the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act applicants for United States citizenship are supposed to undergo even more stringent “Good Moral Character” investigations.
Clearly this process failed abysmally and resulted in hundreds of casualties and Rep. Labrador’s bill, if enacted, would strip refugees of their refugee status under these circumstances. There is no justification for not expanding this scrutiny to aliens who apply for political asylum. The risks are no less significant.
Additionally, the program that would be created by this legislation also calls for followup monitoring of refugees in the United States. Again, this sort of ongoing security must also be brought to bear where aliens granted political asylum are concerned for the very same reasons and concerns.
For decades international terrorists have entered the United States determined to carry out deadly terror attacks on American soil. In order to gain access to the United States they committed multiple forms of immigration fraud using false aliases, altered or counterfeit passports and making false claims in their applications for visas, for political asylum and when they were interviewed by Immigration or CBP (Customs and Border Protection) inspectors at ports of entry.
In 1993 two such attacks were carried out in the United States.
On January 25, 1993 Mir Aimal Kansi a citizen of Pakistan opened fire with an AK-47 on cars being driven into the parking lot at the CIA Headquarters in Virginia by CIA officials. Reportedly Kansi fired more than 70 rounds, killing two CIA officials and wounding three others.
Kansi had applied for Political asylum.
On February 26, 1993 the first bombing at the World Trade Center killed six innocent victims and injured more than one thousand.
Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind of the bombing at the World Trade Center, applied for political asylum. He is also the nephew of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the alleged Sept. 11 mastermind who funded his terrorist activities. He had also planted a bomb on Philippines Airlines Flight 434 that killed one of the passengers and planned to carry out a massive attack that would send 11 airliners to the bottom of the ocean on one day. That plot was known as the “Bojinka Jetliners Bomb Plot" that thankfully was never carried out.
The terror attacks of September 11, 2001 and other that followed, were the result of multiple failures of the immigration system that enabled the terrorists to enter the United States and embed themselves as they went about their deadly preparations.
The inability of our government to effectively vet refugees seeking entry into the United States was behind President Trump imposition of a temporary restriction that prohibits the admission of certain aliens who are citizens of countries associated with terrorism, specifically Syria, Iran, Libya, Yemen, Sudan and Somalia.
The media has falsely referred to this as a “Travel Ban” and has insisted on referring to these as “Muslim Majority” countries while ignoring the truth. Citizens of many other countries whose population are “Muslim Majority” are not on that list. The issue is not religion but national security.
Here is the summary of Representative Labrador’s legislation:
Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act of 2017
This bill amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to: (1) establish the number of annual refugee admissions at 50,000, (2) authorize the President to submit an adjustment recommendation to Congress for approval based upon humanitarian or national interest concerns, and (3) provide that the President must submit emergency refugee admission recommendations to Congress for approval.
The President shall (currently, may) terminate the refugee status of a person not entitled to such status.
Refugee status is terminated for an individual who applied for such status because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution in the country from which he or she sought refuge on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion, but who has returned to such country absent changed conditions.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shall, when processing refugee applications from individuals seeking refuge from a "country of particular concern," grant priority to minority religion applicants whose claims are based on persecution because of their religion.
DHS may conduct recurrent background security checks of an admitted refugee until the refugee adjusts to permanent resident status.
Waiver authorities are limited with respect to refugee inadmissibility and permanent resident status adjustment.
With respect to refugee status adjustment to permanent resident: (1) required U.S. residency is increased to three years; (2) an in-person DHS interview is required; (3) five-year reexaminations are required for a refugee whose status adjustment is refused; and (4) deportability grounds, with an exception for public charge grounds, shall be grounds for refusal of status adjustment.
Resettlement of any refugee may not be provided for in any state or locality in which the governor, chief executive, or legislature has taken action disapproving such resettlement.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) shall complete a refugee processing fraud study.
DHS shall: (1) establish a program to detect the use of fraudulent documents in refugee admissions applications, which shall include placement of fraud detection officers at screening locations; and (2) use digital recording technology to record USCIS refugee interviews.
A person may not be considered a refugee if such person fled from violence in his or her country of nationality if the violence: (1) was not specifically directed at the person; or (2) was specifically directed at the person but not because of that person's race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
Prior to U.S. refugee admission, DHS shall ensure that an alien is not a threat to U.S. national security based on a background check that includes a review of the alien's publicly available Internet interactions, including social media services.
My dad used to tell me that nothing is so bad it could not get worse or so good it could not be made better.
Representative Labrador is absolutely on the right track and his bill must be supported by all Americans.
Good as his bill is, it must either be amended or a parallel bill must be drafted, to apply comparable measures of scrutiny and integrity for aliens who are granted political asylum.
We must deprive our enemies the opportunity to turn America’s kindness and compassion demonstrated in our political asylum program into a weapon to be used against us.