CAPS Blog - Michael W. Cutler

If You Like Your Job You Can Keep It – NOT!

The “Affordable Care Act” is raising many questions and the blood pressure of many Americans who have discovered that, because of this flawed legislation, they are losing the healthcare insurance and/or their doctors even though they were happy with both. So much for assurances by the administration and our leaders! Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) might not be an issue for the...

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Political Asylum Fraud: Where America's Compassion Becomes Vulnerability

America has a long and well-established reputation for providing safe haven for vulnerable people from around the world. This is the concept behind the political asylum program. It is a vital program that all Americans should be proud of. However, because of pervasive failures of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to detect fraud and pursue those who game the political asylum...

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Categories: crime Tags: Asylum, Visa Fraud, 9/11 Commission

Comprehensive Immigration Reform – What Would President Lincoln Have Likely Said?

One hundred and fifty years ago President Abraham Lincoln made what is one of the most momentous speeches ever made by any leader of any country, the Gettysburg Address. President Lincoln delivered the address at the dedication of the Soldiers' Cemetery at Gettysburg. It consisted of fewer than 300 words and took mere minutes to deliver, yet its eloquence has made this speech one of the most...

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Categories: amnesty Tags: amnesty, CIR, 9/11 Commission

How Do You Eat an Elephant?

There is a riddle that harkens back to my days in public school that asks, “How do you eat an elephant?” The answer to the question that serves as the title for my commentary is, of course, “One bite at a time!” The Senate's massive immigration bill, S.744, is often described as simply being about amnesty for illegal aliens. In point of fact, there are many components...

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Categories: amnesty Tags: amnesty, legislation, S 744

Speed Kills at USCIS

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is one of the component agencies under the aegis of the DHS, an agency that has proven to be so inept and devoid of integrity and vital resources that I have come to refer to it as the Department of Homeland Surrender. USCIS is charged with adjudicating applications for a variety of immigration benefits, such as permitting foreign...

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Categories: interior enforcement Tags: USCIS, DACA

Criminals, Terrorists, War Criminals Hide in Plain Sight through Immigration Fraud

The 9/11 Commission noted that visa fraud and immigration benefit fraud were the preferred methods for terrorists to enter the United States and then embed themselves here – not only those who attacked the U.S. on September 11, 2001, but also terrorists found operating in the country during the decade prior to the 9/11 attacks. On September 13, 2011, the House Subcommittee on Border and...

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Categories: crime Tags: 9/11, ICE, Terrorism

The Impact Immigration Reform Would Have on High-Skilled American Workers

Now that the government shutdown has ended and we have been given a “breather” from the contentious arguments from both sides of the political aisle in Washington, the President has made it clear that during the political “ceasefire” he will focus attention on Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Most news organizations have created the impression that this is strictly about...

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Categories: jobs Tags: H-1B Visa, CIR

Illegal Immigration May be Back on the Rise

The title for this commentary comes from a September 24, 2013 USA Today news report, which relied on a Pew Research Center report that purportedly found that 11.7 undocumented immigrants were in the United States in 2012, approaching the nation's all-time high of 12.2 million in 2007. The Pew estimates are largely based on U.S. Census data and Border Patrol arrests. The Border Patrol...

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Untrustworthy Politicians

The title for my commentary may for many appear redundant, but in California there is more than a bit of irony involved. The California State legislature has passed a disastrous bill, “The Trust Act,” that, if signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, would inhibit police officers from working cooperatively with ICE and even block state law enforcement officials from honoring detainers...

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News Coverage of the Terror Attack in Kenya Ignores the Obvious

On September 21, 2013, more than a dozen members of al-Shabab, a terrorist organization closely associated with al-Qaeda, launched a horrific terror attack on a mall in Kenya. The attack on civilians left dozens dead and dozens injured. Initial reports indicated that Americans and Europeans were among the terrorists. As soon as the information about some of the terrorists being “American...

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