CAPS Blog - Michael W. Cutler

NYC Mayor Determined to Give Illegal Aliens ID Cards

The term “carte blanche” is a French term that translates as “white card” or “blank paper.” In English it’s used to mean “free reign” or a “blank check” – meaning that because the space is blank where the check amount normally would be, the bearer can write in any amount. Another way of describing this is to say that for the person who has been given carte blanche, price is no object. The...

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Sounding the Retreat

The Republican “leaders” of the House of Representatives went off to conduct a retreat where they could, out of the glare of the media, conduct discussions about how to deal with the thorny immigration issue. That politicians take political ramifications into account when they contemplate acting on an issue is to be expected. It is unfathomable, however, that they would betray their oaths of...

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Immigration Tunnel Vision

Time and again, politicians who discuss immigration and the need for what they deem “reform” talk about the need to “first secure the border.” On January 28, 2014, President Obama gave his State of the Union address and, not surprisingly, called for passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform. He did not spend much time on this, apparently so as to not alienate the Republicans whose support in...

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The Masquerade Ball

On January 10, 2013, news reports appeared throughout New York City about how individuals dressed in full costume (including as various Toy Story and Disney cartoon characters) had groped and pinched women passing them on a Manhattan street. The CBS radio report that appeared online was typical of these reports: “Man Dressed As ‘Toy Story’ Character Arrested In Times Square On...

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GUI (Governing Under the Influence)

Most folks are familiar with the initials “DUI,” which stand for “Driving Under the Influence.” Today, because of campaign contributions and incredible pressures brought to bear by special interest groups against individual candidates as well as their political parties, many politicians are forced to govern under the influence of the money and pressures that are applied to force these supposed...

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Crunch Time

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...

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Categories: jobs Tags: jobs, unemployment, amnesty

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Won't Fly

Before an airplane pilot accelerates down the runway and heads for the wild blue yonder, a meticulous pre-flight check of the airplane must be performed to ensure that the airplane's systems all function properly and the aircraft is airworthy. In considering the impending flight, the pilot will also check weather conditions and any other factors that may result in a disaster. On June 22,...

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Categories: amnesty Tags: CIR, amnesty, immigration reform

DHS and Alien Smugglers: Partners In Crime

Just when you thought you had seen it all, something comes along to remind you that, as my dad used to say, “Nothing is so good that it couldn't be better or so bad that it couldn't get worse!” For decades, a succession of administrations from both political parties made a mockery of our nation's borders and immigration laws by not securing the borders and not enforcing...

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Categories: crime Tags: DHS, immigration law, crime

What Happens in Mexico May Not Stay in Mexico

In this post-9/11 world it can take more than a bit of courage to turn on the news programs. For instance, on the morning of December 4, 2013, the major broadcast networks provided the very disconcerting news that a truck transporting an obsolete medical device containing pellets of Cobalt 60 was stolen in Mexico. What a way to start the day! The immediate concern was whether or not those who...

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Immigration Law Violations Are About Mind Over Matter If the Administration Doesn't Mind the Violations, They Don't Matter

On December 21, 2011, I was interviewed by Neil Cavuto on Fox. Cavuto’s premise was that since Border Patrol arrests had declined it would seem that there are fewer illegal aliens present in the United States. In responding to Neil's hypothesis, I told him that attempting to compute the number of illegal aliens present in the U.S. by reviewing arrest statistics is like taking...

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