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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.

January 2, 2014

As a cost-savings strategy, Congress recessed without extending unemployment benefits for out-of-work Americans, media reported December 28.

Unemployed Americans were interviewed, and, as would be expected, they talked about how traumatic it is to not find work and now lose an important source of support too.

Not addressed was how the United States continues to admit more authorized foreign workers monthly than number of new jobs created, including in the high-tech area.

In 2011, Dan Rather Reports aired a disconcerting hour-long investigative piece on how highly educated and experienced American computer programmers were being replaced by programmers from India. Prior to that, in 2007, a four-minute infuriating video was aired on CNN. It featured an immigration lawyers' conference in which lawyers were being coached “not to find a qualified U.S. worker.”

This outrageous strategy still is employed by immigration lawyers. Additionally, failures of the administration to enforce immigration laws add yet more foreign workers to the already overcrowded and desperate labor pool of unemployed Americans, who become less desirable to employers the longer they are out of work. The clock is ticking, and it is not on the side of desperate American workers and their struggling families.

The plight of many of these families is directly attributable to the immigration crisis that has been greatly exacerbated by the administration. It has taken the utterly unjustifiable step of providing hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens with employment authorization and creating an irresistible incentive for aliens to continue to run our borders and violate our immigration laws by promising to do whatever it can to ultimately provide these aliens with a pathway to U.S. citizenship.

The importance of our borders and our immigration laws cannot be overemphasized. In the war on terror and transnational gangs, borders and laws are our first and last line of defense. They are equally important to American workers who are facing unfair competition from foreign workers, aided and abetted by the administration and advocates for “Sanctuary Cities” and Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

In his famous speech before the 3rd Army on May 31, 1944, on the strategy of holding a position, General George S. Patton said:

We're not holding anything; we'll let the Hun do that. We are advancing constantly, and we're not interested in holding onto anything except the enemy.

Pushing back against Comprehensive Immigration Reform is the same as holding position. The time has come for us to advance by demanding that our borders be made truly secure and our immigration laws be effectively administered and enforced.

This must be our New Year's Resolution!

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