Why Did the Illegal Alien Run the Border?

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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 9, 2011

The question that forms the basis for my commentary addresses the fundamental aspects of the immigration issue.

The short answer to the question, "Why did the illegal alien run our border" is that there is no definitive way of knowing.  In this case, what we don't know can certainly harm us.  An alien who runs our borders is violating our nation's sovereignty and our nation's laws- laws that are being ignored by our federal government and those municipalities and states that have "Sanctuary" policies in place.

Being concerned about the reason an alien would seek to enter the United States is not, by the way, limited to illegal aliens who are now present in the United States but is actually one of the very first questions that a U.S. consular officer asks an alien who applies for a visa for the United States and is also one of the first and most important questions that a CBP (Customs and Border Protection) Inspector asks an alien who seeks entry into the United States.  It is a question I asked virtually every alien I encountered during the four years I served as an Immigration Inspector at the beginning of my 30 year career with the INS.  As you may know, I began my career with the former INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) in October 1971 as an Immigration Inspector assigned to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

The purpose of that question is to establish whether or not the alien who seeks to enter the United States would be in compliance with the category visa he (she) had and if their purpose was in compliance with the broader issues raised by the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) which addresses all aspects of the immigration process.

Title 8, United States Code section 212 is section of law that enumerates the various categories of aliens who, under the Immigration and Nationality Act, are supposed to be prevented from entering the United States and are supposed to be removed if they are found here.

Among the categories of aliens who are supposed to be kept out of the United States are aliens with dangerous communicable diseases, aliens who suffer serious mental illness and are prone to violence, aliens who are convicted felons, aliens who fugitives from justice in other countries, aliens who are human traffickers and drug smugglers, aliens who are war criminals and aliens who have committed human rights violations. Additionally, as might be expected, aliens who are engaged in terrorism and espionage are among those who are, by law, supposed to be prevented from entering our country and are supposed to be removed if they manage to evade the Border Patrol and enter the United States.

Certainly aliens whose intentions are not honorable are likely to lie about their motivations for seeking entry into the United States.  The inspections process is hobbled by so many factors including the constant pressure to keep the lines of travelers who seek to enter the United States moving, but the inspectors have access to various databases and can thoroughly search arriving foreign visitors to try to prevent the entry of those whose presence is problematic or contrary to law.  Additionally, a record is made of every alien who does enter the United States.

Illegal aliens, on the other hand, are obviously not questioned as to their intentions for entering our country.  There is also no record made of their entry into the United States.  There is no opportunity to search them to determine if they have malevolent intentions or if they are carrying drugs, weapons or other contraband.  What must be presumed, however, is that aliens who run our nation's borders do so because they are within the various categories of aliens whose presence in our country is supposed to be prevented under the immigration laws that are intended to protect our nation and our citizens.

Yet the administration claims that aliens who evade the inspections process are not a problem for our country or our citizens and, in fact, underscore this ludicrous position by doing everything imaginable and, indeed, unimaginable, to encourage still more aliens to evade the inspections process, by issuing policy directives to prevent the enforcement personnel of DHS from taking them into custody or seeking their removal (deportation) from the United States.

The immigration anarchists who advocate for open borders and for providing a pathway to United States citizenship to unknown millions- indeed, likely tens of millions of aliens, often use deceptive language and offer false choices that, upon closer examination, are not really viable or sensible choices at all.

They claim that illegal aliens who enter our country surreptitiously are simply seeking to do jobs Americans won't do.  In point of fact, there is no job that an American won't do for a living wage.  Furthermore, aliens who enter the United States with malevolent intentions, whether they are involved with criminal or terrorist organizations fully understand that in order to hide in plain sight or, in the parlance of the 9/11 Commission, embed themselves in our country, they need to maintain a low profile and not call attention to themselves.  As I have previously noted, it has been said that an effective spy (or terrorist) is someone who would not attract the attention of a waiter or waitress at a "greasy spoon diner."  In point of fact, a spy or terrorist may well seek employment as that waiter or waitress.

In the days before a terrorist participates in carrying out a terrorist attack he is most likely to be hiding in plain sight by going to his job!  Consider that just about every terror suspect who has been arrested was, in part, identified in the media by the job he held prior to his arrest.

The economic crisis our nation and our citizens are now facing has gotten so serious that several weeks ago, on October 9. 2011, when Jeffrey Immelt, the CEO of the General Electric Company appeared on the CBS News program, 60 Minutes, he stated that when his company posts one thousand job openings in the $15.00 to $17.00 per hour range, he winds up with 50,000 applicants!

Is there a shortage of American workers to do these jobs?

It is incomprehensible that DHS can employ more than 60,000 employees at the TSA to check travelers who are boarding airliners but only 10% as many employees for ICE and more than half of these ICE employees are engaged in enforcing customs law rather than immigration laws, you realize just how screwed up things are!

Give that last bit of information a bit of consideration- imagine an elderly passenger wearing eyeglasses that are thick enough to stop a round from a .357 magnum, mistakenly opening a door at an airport that he was not supposed to open.  The alarm sounds and the airport terminal goes into "lockdown!"

In the name of “National Security” airliners are required to taxi back to the terminal so that the baggage can be rechecked.  Passengers are re-screened and the delays to the airline traveler cascade like falling dominoes across our nation and, perhaps even overseas as airline schedules go out the window!  This costs airline companies loads of money, all because of an innocent mistake by a vision-impaired senior citizen.

Meanwhile, every day, unknown thousands of illegal aliens from virtually every country on this planet, including so-called “special interest” countries- countries that are identified as being sponsors of terrorism, evade the inspections process and head to towns and communities across our nation. They are confident that under the current policies of this administration, that nothing will be done to them, even if they are encountered by law enforcement after they succeed in running our nation's borders!

Our nation's borders must not only exist on maps but in the real world!

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