Concerns of Americans from all Political Persuasions Ignored in Immigration Policies

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By Michael W. Cutler

Mike is a Senior Fellow with CAPS and retired INS Senior Special Agent. During his 30-year career with the INS he rotated through all of the squads within the Investigations Branch. He was assigned to the Unified Intelligence Division of the DEA and for 10 years was assigned, as an INS Senior Special Agent, to the Organized Crime, Drug Enforcement Task Force. He has testified at numerous hearings conducted by committees and subcommittees of the House and Senate and provided testimony to the 9/11 Commission.

He hosts "The Michael Cutler Hour" on USA Talk Radio Fridays at 7 p.m. (EST) and is frequently interviewed by broadcast media on various aspects of immigration issues, especially the nexus to national security.

The writer's views are his own.

February 27, 2016

America’s immigration laws were enacted to achieve two primary goals – protect innocent lives and protect the jobs of American workers.

Democrats generally focus on the concerns of working Americans and the wages that they receive, while Republicans tend to focus on issues concerning national security, although in this perilous era, most Americans, irrespective of political orientation, are greatly concerned about the threat of terrorism.

Prior to World War II, the primary responsibility for enforcing and administering our immigration laws was vested in the U.S. Department of Labor. It was understood by the political leaders of America’s “Greatest Generation” that Americans must do well for America to do well. The responsibility for enforcing our immigration laws shifted to the Justice Department out of national security concerns.

The American Dream was created by shielding American workers from foreign competition. Understanding that today’s students would ultimately become the employees of tomorrow, American companies were greatly concerned about their education. The leaders of these companies sought to create scholarship programs and provide other incentives to convince American kids to seek the education and skills that would prepare them for important jobs that would help those companies succeed.

It was understood that education provided the key to good-paying jobs.

In recent decades, American politicians from both parties have sought to import a veritable army of foreign workers who were willing to work for lower wages than their American counterparts. Many of these workers entered the country illegally or sought unlawful employment. At the same time, increasing numbers of foreign workers have been imported with visas that legally enable them to work here.

Organizations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have successfully pushed their open borders agenda to pressure the government to increase the number of countries that participate in the wrong-headed and dangerous Visa Waiver program that enables aliens from 38 countries to enter the U.S. without first applying for a visa.

There are many horror stories about the displacement of Americans through the H-1B visa program, which is only one of several methods by which American workers are losing jobs to foreign workers and finding their wages declining because of increasing numbers of foreign workers who are willing to work for substandard wages.

Contrary to Orwellian lies, foreign workers do not contribute to our economy, but destroy our economy through massive remittances (money wired back to their home countries), wage suppression and tremendous public costs of providing health care and education.

While Democratic candidates tout their goals of creating wage equality by boosting minimum wage, immigration policies undermine American workers and have obliterated the American Dream.

Then, there is the threat of terror attacks conducted on American soil, a threat that has never been greater. Most Americans consider the threat of terror attacks to be their No. 1 concern. The admission of Syrian refugees into the U.S. has ignited a firestorm by Americans who are concerned that these aliens cannot be vetted. What is being ignored is that illegal aliens who evade the inspections process conducted by CBP (Customs and Border Protection) inspectors at ports of entry are not vetted either. Indeed, there is no record of their entry into the U.S. and no way of even determining how many of these illegal aliens are actually present in the country.

Additionally, there is an abject lack of integrity to the process by which aliens are lawfully admitted into the country and by which they are granted various immigration benefits that range from being granted political asylum, lawful immigrant status and even U.S. citizenship.

In point of fact, nearly all of the terrorists who carried out or attempted to carry out deadly terror attacks in America had been admitted through U.S. ports of entry. Several terrorists who have carried out deadly terror attacks here, or who attempted to carry out such attacks, had become naturalized citizens just months before they launched attacks.

The engineered failures of the immigration system by the current administration and previous administrations of both political parties are justifiably at the root of much of the anger and frustration of betrayed Americans, of all political persuasions, against both political parties.

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