Nov 19, 2018
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Michael Cutler - Former INS Special Agent
Immigration crisis represents a failure by design foisted on America and Americans both political parties over a period of decades.
Mr. Cutler is an expert on the nexus between immigration and national security, the impact of immigration on the criminal justice system and strategies to combat illegal immigration, secure our nation’s borders and restore integrity to the immigration system. He graduated from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York in 1971 with a B.A. in Communications Arts and Sciences. Before becoming a fellow, Mr. Cutler had a 30 year career with the INS where he was a Senior Special Agent.
Nov 19, 2018
Interview with Michael Cutler on Immigration & the Invading Caravan
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CARAVAN OF 'MIGRANTS' - A CRISIS DECADES IN THE MAKING
America is on the edge of forfeiting its sovereignty and security.
November 20, 2018
Thousands of aspiring illegal aliens have marched their way up through Central America and Mexico and are closing in on the U.S./Mexican border. Some of these individuals have reportedly split off from the caravan and have managed to enter the United States without inspection.
They have been encouraged to participate in this massive caravan by our own political “leaders” from both parties. Think about how frequently politicians from both particles have stated that since we cannot deport the millions of illegal aliens who are present in the United States, all we can do is to find a way to “get them out of the shadows” and provide them with lawful status. The Democrats insist on providing millions of illegal aliens with U.S. citizenship while the supposedly “tough” Republicans state that they will “only” provide them with lawful status and permission to work.
So now the debate is over whether or not to provide illegal aliens with citizenship! That is one hell of an example of “bait and switch” foisted on America by the Democrats and the Republicans who are colluding with each other.
Meanwhile a growing list of “Sanctuary Cities” and “Sanctuary States” promise to harbor and shield them from detection by ICE and even permit them to get driver’s licenses while illegal alien students are being offered incentives such as in-state tuition.
Furthermore, as President Trump has stated, not all of them are citizens of Central American countries.
Caravans of trucks and other vehicles have been brought in to facilitate the movement of thousands of people heading towards the United States, yet precious little information appears available to determine who is actually behind any of this. But clearly this is a carefully organized and orchestrated effort and the list of potential co-conspirators has to include the drug cartels and, as I have noted in recent articles, Iran and its client terrorist organization, Hezbollah that now works hand-in-glove with those cartels.
That worrying possibility was my focus in my articles, "The Threats Posed By The Impending Invasion" and "Trump Connects The Dots On Dangers Of Illegal Immigration." The Iranian-sponsored terrorist organization Hezbollah is operating throughout Latin America in close cooperation with drug cartels to smuggle huge quantities of narcotics and aliens into the United States, both as a means of generating funds and as a means of enabling their “sleeper agents” to gain access to the United States.
As I wrote in a recent article, the President of Guatemala has stated that his government has recently arrested and deported members of ISIS back to their home countries in the Middle East. He has also stated that he has information that cash-strapped Venezuela has helped to bankroll this invasion-in-the-making. My concern is that Iran and other adversaries of the United States may have a hand in all of this, and that the caravan may actually be a Trojan Horse, a possibility that has been all but ignored by the mainstream media.
What has also been ignored is that if this caravan of “migrants,” actually aspiring illegal aliens, succeeds in entering the United States by the ploy of filing spurious claims for asylum, this will come to be looked upon as the day that such caravans become the “new normal” and the day America forfeited its sovereignty and its security.
Most of the aliens who make applications for asylum disappear after they are paroled into the United States, ostensibly to pursue their asylum applications.
Advocates for a borderless United States and immigration anarchy have come to describe the tactic of massive numbers of aliens showing up at ports of entry along the U.S./Mexican border and claiming “credible fear” to seek asylum as abiding by our immigration laws.
Let’s be crystal clear. Immigration fraud is not only illegal, but it is the proven tactic of choice of international terrorists, criminals and fugitives who seek to enter the United States for nefarious purposes. That was the predication for my article, "Immigration Fraud- Lies That Kill."
Aliens who seek to enter the United States are required to apply for and receive visas prior to applying for admission as a U.S. port of entry. The only exception to this rule are aliens who are citizens of countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program. That program incidentally should have been terminated the morning after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. Back then 26 countries participated in that wrong-headed program; today 38 countries are participants. I addressed this issue in my article, "It’s Time To End The Visa Waiver Program." The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) is one of many examples of corruption of our government that has yielded its authority and responsibilities, even where national security is concerned, to those who bribe our politicians through “campaign contributions.”
Neither political party has “clean hands.”
Today even as the “lame duck” session of Congress begins, efforts by the outgoing Republicans to supposedly “fix” our immigration system are not willing to hire additional ICE agents. Laws and regulations mean nothing unless an adequate number of law enforcement agents can conduct investigation and enforce the laws.
As I wrote in my article, "Sanctuary Country - Immigration failures by design," while the Democrats have been transparent in their ultimate goals of eradicating America’s borders and terminating the enforcement of our immigration laws that even include the deportation of murderers and drug traffickers, the Republicans have done precious little to support meaningful immigration law enforcement.
This is how my article began:
The idea of writing about how America has become a “Sanctuary Country” came to me less than two months before demonstrators and, incredibly, leaders of the Democratic Party began demanding that ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) be completely disbanded and terminate the enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws.
My consternation led me to think back to a Congressional hearing at which I participated in 2005 and at which Rep. John Hostettler, then Chairman of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, expressed frustration over how the very structure of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the inclusion of a divided immigration law enforcement program had come to be created, hobbling border security and immigration law enforcement. Rep. Hostettler warned that immigration enforcement must not take a “back seat to customs or agriculture” and that it should be shielded from political pressures. He observed that the structure of DHS itself violated the Homeland Security Act which was enacted in 2002 roughly one year after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. This was the enabling legislation that created the DHS, which was supposed to address the myriad of vulnerabilities that the 9/11 terrorists had exploited, enabling them to enter the United States and carry out their deadly attacks.
Let’s not forget that the “C” in ICE stands for “Customs,” an area of law that has nothing to do with immigration. In fact, before the creation of the DHS the U.S. Customs Service operated under the auspices of the Treasury Department while the former INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) was an element of the Justice Department.
As we consider the extreme politicization of immigration law enforcement, consider these opening remarks by Chairman Hostettler from that hearing well over a decade ago:
“The 9/11 terrorists all came to the U.S. with-out weapons or contraband—Added customs enforcement would not have stopped 9/11 from happening. What might have foiled al Qaeda’s plan was additional immigration focus, vetting, and enforcement. And so what is needed is recognition that, one, immigration is a very important national security issue that cannot take a back seat to customs or agriculture. Two, immigration is a very complex issue, and immigration enforcement agencies need experts in immigration enforcement. And three, the leadership of our immigration agencies should be shielded from political pressures to act in a way which could compromise the Nation’s security.”
Even in the wake of the terror attacks of 9/11 the administration of George W. Bush made certain to stymie immigration law enforcement and border security. This was incomprehensible, especially considering that it had became immediately apparent that multiple failures of the immigration system enabled the terrorists to enter the United States, embed themselves and then carry out the most horrific terror attack, actually a mass murder where the death count continues to climb as more people, primarily first responders, succumb to illness directly attributable to the toxins they ingested when the World Trade Center Complex collapsed into a tangled mess of rubble containing the pulverized remains of innocent victims. Some of those first responders who, even with their bare hands, searched frantically for survivors and human remains, continued to sift through the “pile” as the towering wreckage at “Ground Zero” came to be known.
Today there are approximately six thousand ICE agents to enforce not only the immigration laws but a laundry list of other laws throughout the United States. By being given the responsibility to enforce those other laws, ICE agents are kept from enforcing the immigration laws.
Even beyond the issues of national security and public safety, flooding the United States with huge numbers of foreign workers provides unfair competition for American and lawful immigrant workers, stretches our limited resources and infrastructure to the breaking point and overwhelms our schools and hospitals.
For unscrupulous politicians, however, the immigration system has become a “delivery system” which meets the demands of the campaign contributors that delivers an unlimited supply of cheap exploitable labor, foreign tourists, foreign students and, for the immigration lawyers, an unlimited supply of clients.
Finally, let’s remember that many politicians are lawyers and they are eager to see ever more “clients” entering the United States.
DEA REPORTS RECORD DEATHS FROM DRUG OVERDOSES
How a broken southern border allows narcotics to flood America.
November 9, 2018
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) just published the 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment that provides an extensive analysis of the drug crisis in the United States.
Here are a few quick “takeaways” published in the report that paint a disconcerting picture:
Heroin: Heroin use and availability continue to increase in the United States. The occurrence of heroin mixed with fentanyl is also increasing. Mexico remains the primary source of heroin available in the United States according to all available sources of intelligence, including law enforcement investigations and scientific data. Further, significant increases in opium poppy cultivation and heroin production in Mexico allow Mexican TCOs to supply high-purity, low-cost heroin, even as U.S. demand has continued to increase.
Fentanyl and Other Synthetic Opioids: Illicit fentanyl and other synthetic opioids — primarily sourced from China and Mexico—are now the most lethal category of opioids used in the United States. Traffickers— wittingly or unwittingly— are increasingly selling fentanyl to users without mixing it with any other controlled substances and are also increasingly selling fentanyl in the form of counterfeit prescription pills. Fentanyl suppliers will continue to experiment with new fentanyl-related substances and adjust supplies in attempts to circumvent new regulations imposed by the United States, China, and Mexico.
Cocaine: Cocaine availability and use in the United States have rebounded, in large part due to the significant increases in coca cultivation and cocaine production in Colombia. As a result, past-year cocaine initiates and cocaine-involved overdose deaths are exceeding 2007 benchmark levels. Simultaneously, the increasing presence of fentanyl in the cocaine supply, likely related to the ongoing opioid crisis, is exacerbating the re-merging cocaine threat.
Methamphetamine: Methamphetamine remains prevalent and widely available, with most of the methamphetamine available in the United States being produced in Mexico and smuggled across the Southwest Border (SWB). Domestic production occurs at much lower levels than in Mexico, and seizures of domestic methamphetamine laboratories have declined steadily for many years.
Gangs: National and neighborhood-based street gangs and prison gangs continue to dominate the market for the street-sales and distribution of illicit drugs in their respective territories throughout the country. Struggle for control of these lucrative drug trafficking territories continues to be the largest factor fueling the street-gang violence facing local communities. Meanwhile, some street gangs are working in conjunction with rival gangs in order to increase their drug revenues, while individual members of assorted street gangs have profited by forming relationships with friends and family associated with Mexican cartels.
Clearly our porous borders, particularly the U.S./Mexican border, enable narcotics to flood into America with disastrous results including violent crimes, loss of life, lives ruined by drug addiction, and the impact on families and especially children, and money that finances criminal organizations and terror organizations. As I noted in my recent article Trump Connects the Dots on Dangers of Illegal Immigration, terror organizations such as Iran-sponsored Hezbollah increasingly have been working in close coordination with Latin American drug trafficking organizations to move drugs and aliens, including terrorist sleeper agents, into the United States.
Although I was an INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) officer for my entire federal career, I spent roughly half of my career assigned to work with other law enforcement agencies to conduct investigations into narcotics-related crimes. Consequently my 30-year career with the former INS, the forerunner to ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), provided me with an intimate view of the multifaceted immigration system. It also provided me with an insider’s understanding of the drug crisis in the United States.
Back in 1988 I became the first INS agent to be assigned to the Unified Intelligence Division (UID) of the DEA in New York City. For nearly four years I worked in close cooperation with the DEA and numerous other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. I also worked closely with foreign law enforcement agencies of countries such as Israel, Canada, Great Britain and Japan.
While I was assigned to UID I conducted a study of arrest statistics and was startled to find that back then, approximately 60% of the individuals arrested by the DEA Task Force in NYC were identified as “foreign born.”
In 1991, I was promoted to the position of INS Senior Special Agent and was assigned, for the final ten years of my career, to the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) where I continue to work with diverse law enforcement agencies to conduct investigations into large-scale drug trafficking organizations from around the world.
The issue of border security has been one of the key issues frequently discussed by the media and by a succession of administrations. For decades efforts to determine border security have been linked to the number of arrests made by the U.S. Border Patrol.
Of course those statistics are not as effective a metric to determine border security as many believe. Arrest statistics generally act as sort of Rorschach test where you could say that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
If the Border Patrol arrests more illegal aliens, does it mean that more illegal aliens are attempting to run our borders or that the Border Patrol is becoming more effective at finding and arresting illegal aliens, perhaps because new technology has been brought to bear?
If the Border Patrol arrests fewer illegal aliens, does it mean that fewer aliens have been running our borders or that the smugglers have gotten better at evading the Border Patrol?
Several years ago when I was interviewed by Neil Cavuto on his program at Fox News he attempted to draw conclusions about the level of illegal immigration based on Border Patrol arrests. I told Neil that attempting to use arrest statistics to accurately gauge the number of illegal aliens present in the United States is a bit like taking attendance by asking those not present to raise their hands!
I told Neil that the best and most reliable metric to determine border security is the price and availability of cocaine and heroin since those narcotics are illegal and are not produced in the United States. In point of fact, every gram of those and other such substances are smuggled into the United States and provide graphic and incontrovertible evidence of a failure of border security.
The fact that heroin is as available and as inexpensive as it is provides clear evidence that our borders are as porous as a sieve.
Furthermore, because those substances are smuggled into the United States from foreign countries, the leaders of most of the drug trafficking organizations are foreign nationals who send their workers to the United States to set up shop.
These aliens are often long-time associates they have come to trust and, because their family members remain in their home countries, if they commit transgressions, their relatives will pay a heavy price indeed.
Finally, as drug use has skyrocketed and as the Drug Trafficking Organizations have become more sophisticated and violents and have gained ever more control over the smuggling routes, human trafficking is now often linked to the drug smugglers who often use the aliens they smuggle as “mules”-- beasts of burden who carry drugs on their person when they cross our borders.
Those involved in the drug trade not only violate drug, finance and weapons laws; they violate immigration laws.
Meanwhile politicians from both parties have refused to fund the vital border wall to help protect America and Americans from the influx of illegal aliens and narcotics.
The Democrats have created “Sanctuary Cities” and have unbelievably called for the disbanding of ICE altogether. However, neither political party has ever sought to actually hire enough ICE agents to deter illegal immigration or contribute the sort of resources to such multi-agency task forces as OCDETF or the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), where the unique authorities and tools that our immigration laws can uniquely provide to help investigate and dismantle transnational gangs and international terror organizations.
I addressed the nexus between sanctuary policies and the drug trade in my article, New York City: Hub For The Deadly Drug Trade.
This willful failure of our political elite to bring our immigration laws to bear to protect America and Americans, and to combat transnational gangs and international terrorist organizations, was the focus of my recent article, Sanctuary Country - Immigration failures by design.
It is time for Americans to find true sanctuary in their towns and cities.
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