Why Liberals Should Back Border Security and Effective Immigration Law Enforcement

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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.

October 5, 2012

The concept of "The Big Lie" has been co-opted by the Immigration Anarchists, the opponents of border security and effective immigration law enforcement.  For the past several decades these folks have spread the mythology that those who seek secure borders and effective immigration law enforcement are right wing political extremists and bigots.  This is simply crazy.

When you consider that the immigration laws were enacted to save American lives and Americans' jobs, you have to ask if Liberals don't believe in preventing criminals and terrorists from entering the United States.  It would make no sense for Liberals to be opposed to national security and/or community safety.  In fact, the Liberals tend to be the most concerned about issues of safety.  This is why they are often portrayed as the “Mommies” while the Conservatives are portrayed as the “Daddies.”

Immigration is about national security- the 9/11 Commission Staff Report (Monograph) on Terrorist Travel addressed this nexus.  Here are two important excerpts from that report, the first of which is the first paragraph in the preface:

"It is perhaps obvious to state that terrorists cannot plan and carry out attacks in the United States if they are unable to enter the country. Yet prior to September 11, while there were efforts to enhance border security, no agency of the U.S. government thought of border security as a tool in the counterterrorism arsenal. Indeed, even after 19 hijackers demonstrated the relative ease of obtaining a U.S. visa and gaining admission into the United States, border security still is not considered a cornerstone of national security policy. We believe, for reasons we discuss in the following pages, that it must be made one."

And the second under the title "Immigration Benefits" found on page 98:

"Terrorists in the 1990s, as well as the September 11 hijackers, needed to find a way to stay in or embed themselves in the United States if their operational plans were to come to fruition. As already discussed, this could be accomplished legally by marrying an American citizen, achieving temporary worker status, or applying for asylum after entering. In many cases, the act of filing for an immigration benefit sufficed to permit the alien to remain in the country until the petition was adjudicated. Terrorists were free to conduct surveillance, coordinate operations, obtain and receive funding, go to school and learn English, make contacts in the United States, acquire necessary materials, and execute an attack."

Traditionally, Liberals and Democrats are usually identified with the labor movement, a movement that originally sought to protect the rights and working conditions of American workers.  Liberals tend to like labor unions while Conservatives oppose unions.  Prior to the Second World War the administration and enforcement of the immigration laws was the responsibility of the United States Department of Labor.  It was understood that if large numbers of foreign workers were allowed to enter the United States and seek employment the economic doctrine of “Supply and Demand” would cause Americans to wind up competing with foreign workers and if they did not lose their jobs to their foreign competitors, at the very least, the wages for most jobs would plummet.  The effective enforcement of America's immigration laws gave rise to the largest and most upwardly mobile Middle Class on the planet.  This gave rise to the concept of the “American Dream.”

Today, both parties have caused the immigration crisis confronting the United States. Ironically, the Democratic Party is pushing the hardest for creating a “Pathway to United States Citizenship” for unknown millions, perhaps tens of millions illegal aliens.  Besides making an utter mockery of the lawful immigration system that provides more than 1.1 million aliens with lawful immigrant status each year, placing them immediately on a pathway to U.S. citizenship, this proposal will also threaten national security for the reasons noted above in the quote from the 9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist Travel and, just as disconcerting, create millions of competitors for jobs at time when America's middle class is contracting as never before- largely because there are so many unemployed and underemployed American workers and wages are remaining stagnant if not declining.

Liberals and Conservatives need to stop pointing fingers and hurling accusations at each other and need to start speaking with one another. The “Divide and conquer” strategy of the immigration anarchists and others whose agenda has nothing to do with what is best for America and Americans must be defeated. It can be defeated if Americans of all political orientations work together for a change.  Literally and figuratively!

The time has come to vote for individual candidates irrespective of their political party affiliations.

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