Victims of Illegal Immigration

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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.

November 10, 2011

The failure of the federal government to enforce our nation's immigration laws impacts the lives of increasing numbers of our citizens and lawful immigrants.  This impact has many manifestations but the most egregious of these manifestations involve illegal aliens who commit crimes that result in the death or serious injury of many victims.  Each and every death or serious injury committed by an illegal alien could have been prevented if the illegal alien who perpetrated that crime had been prevented from entering our country and then remaining in our country in violation of law.

On Thursday, November 3rd of this year Representative King, Representative Walter B. Jones and members of the Tea Party Immigration Coalition, the Federal Immigration Reform and Enforcement (FIRE) Coalition and the Foreign National Crime Information Center which administers a website that tracks homicides committed by illegal aliens on the Victims of Illegal Alien Crime Memorial, held a news conference in Washington, D.C., to discuss the issue of innocent lives lost to the failures of our nation to effectively enforce and administer our nation's immigration laws.  Below I have attached a copy of a letter to President Obama from the leaders of the Tea Party Immigration Coalition and the Federal Immigration Reform Enforcement Coalition asking that this November 6th and from now on, every November 6th be declared a "Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Illegal Aliens."

I was, as you might imagine, surprised but gratified and greatly honored that during his remarks, Steve King noted that it was my testimony at one the Congressional hearings before the House Immigration Subcommittee at which I testified, that caused him to delve into the nexus between illegal immigration and violence in our country.  What he found out is startling- more than 25,000 people have been killed in the United States since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 by aliens who should not have been in the United States when they committed their crimes!

Here is a link to the Victims of Illegal Alien Crime Memorial website:

www.fncic-voiacm.org

It is also important to know that Representative Walter Jones has sponsored a bill, H.R. 3168 known as the "Illegal Alien Crime Reporting Act of 2011."

Here is the description of this bill:

To make payments by the Department of Homeland Security to a State contingent on a State providing the Federal Bureau of Investigation with certain statistics, to require Federal agencies, departments, and courts to provide such statistics to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and to require the Federal Bureau of Investigation to publish such statistics. view all titles (2)

I have often noted that the purpose of our nation's immigration laws must be to first take the wellbeing, the safety and the security of the citizens of this nation into account.  This is not, as the open borders would claim, “Xenophobia,” but is commonsense.

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) was enacted to achieve these important goals.  It is unfathomable, especially in this particularly perilous era, that the President, members of his administration as well as members of Congress and politicians in some cities and states across our nation are so eager to minimize the significance of these laws!

It is important to understand that the fundamental principle behind the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) that was enacted in 1952 was to protect our nation and our citizens from the entry and presence of aliens in our country who pose a threat to the safety and well being of our citizens and the security of our nation.  The INA has been amended over the years, but, at least on paper, the objective of those laws contained within the INA has been to protect our nation and our citizens.  This is why it is incomprehensible that many of our political "leaders" mock the purpose of those laws, especially in this perilous era where our nation finds itself under Damoclean threat of terrorist attacks and the infiltration of large numbers of transnational gang members including the extremely violent Mexican drug cartels which is believed to be responsible for the wanton slaughter of more than 40,000 people since Mexico's President Felipe Calderon took office a few short years ago.  Paradoxically, while Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of Homeland Security often claims that our borders are more secure than ever, she has also conceded that hundreds of American cities, across this nation, have been infested by the cartels.  If our borders were truly secure, these transnational gang members would not have been able to enter the United States and set up shop in communities from coast to coast and border to border.  If the borders of the United States were truly secure, these narco-traffickers would not be able to smuggle the narcotics into our country that they peddle on street corners across our nation into our nation!

A review of Title 8, United States Code, Section 212, which is contained within the Immigration and Nationality Act, and enumerates the various categories of aliens who are statutorily ineligible to enter the United States, will provide a clear prospective as to the intention and extreme importance of our nation's immigration laws.

While the current administration has worked the hardest at blocking the enforcement of our immigration laws, it is certainly not the first administration to fail to enforce the immigration laws. Administrations and politicians from both major parties bear the responsibility for these failures that go back nearly a half century.

Today there are governors and mayors across our nation who refuse to work cooperatively with ICE to identify and seek the removal of aliens who have committed crimes in the United States, claiming that it would be unfair to separate these illegal aliens from their family members in the United States while utterly ignoring how many law abiding citizens, lawful immigrants and foreign nationals who have been lawfully admitted into the United states are killed by criminal aliens.  At what point will the loss of these lives be a matter of concern for these politicians?  The point must be made that if there is concern for separating people from their families, that those who are killed are permanently and irrevocably separated from their families!

Furthermore all too often, those killed by illegal aliens are children whose lives were brutally taken from them before they really had a chance to live.

It must also be noted that often the victims of transnational criminals are members of the immigrant community of the same ethnicity as the illegal alien thugs who came to the United States in violation of our borders and our laws because they saw in America a “Land of opportunity” the opportunity to ply their trades as drug dealers, extortionists, robbers and other such vile and pernicious criminals.

The leadership demonstrated by Congressional Representatives King and Jones, prioritizing the safety, security and wellbeing of the citizens of our nation, should serve as a model for all members of our nation's Congress and all political leaders across our country.  The concerns that they have addressed should most certainly be foremost in the heart and mind of the next President of the United States and serve as the guiding principle for the next administration!

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