Michael Cutler, Former INS agent/Dobbs contributor speaks! More US deaths per year than on 9/11
Michael Cutler Nov. 26, 2005:
"It is currently estimated that some 30% of the federal inmate population is comprised of convicts who are identified as being "foreign born." When I was assigned to the Unified Intelligence Division of DEA in New York from 1988 to 1992 I compiled statistics concerning the nature of the defendants who were arrested by DEA and the DEA Task Force in New York. It was estimated that some 60% of the defendants arrested in New York City were identified as being "foreign born" while 30% of the defendants arrested nationwide were identified as being "foreign born." Those numbers remained constant for several years afterwards and I believe they would not be much different today.
Additionally, I have heard that some 90% of the arrest warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for aliens. I believe that it would not be hard to show that more than 3,000 murders per year can be attributed to illegal aliens in our country."
"I also contribute to the Counterterrorism Blog, I am a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies and the 9/11 Families For a Secure America have made me a member of their board of advisors and often quote me on their website. Finally, if you like, you can put my name, Michael Cutler into Google or another such search engine with the word 'Immigration' to narrow the search to retrieve some of my Congressional testimony and other articles in which I have been quoted. I hope that this may also help you with other issues related to the crisis of illegal immigration.
I do not claim to have all of the anwers, but having worked for the former INS for some 30 years as an immigration inspector, adjudications officer and as a special agent, I believe that my perspectives may be helpful to enable the public to understand the strategy that our nation is to follow if we are to succeed in gaining control of our borders and restore integrity to the immigration system. We cannot solve the illegal immigration crisis until and unless we effectively address all of the components of this dysfunctional system.
On Friday, November 25th I participated in a radio interview on the Brad Messer show which airs on a CBS-affiliated radio station in San Antonio, Texas KTSA NEWS RADIO 550 AM. I sent out an e-mail prior to this interview, most of which I have attached below. This interview focused on President Bush's nomination of Emilio T. Gonzalez to replace Eduardo Aguirre as the head of the division of DHS that is responsible for adjudicating a wide variety of immigration benefits applications ranging from permitting foreign students to change schools, nonimmigrant visitors to change categories of visa and extend their periods of authorized stay in the United States to conferring resident alien status upon aliens to naturalizing aliens, thereby conferring the most precious honor our nation can bestow upon an alien, United States citizenship.
I stated that unfortunately I am not convinced that this critical mission will be well served by Mr. Gonzalez at the helm of USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services). His background shows a total lack of experience with immigration and law enforcement and, in fact, is an internationalist. The critical operation he would be responsible for, should he be confirmed, is a major component of border security. While much attention has been paid to the Border Patrol little attention has been paid to the enforcement of the immigration laws from within the interior of the United States and virtually no attention has been paid to how our nation adjudicates applications for immigration benefits and especially residency and United States citizenship. If we were able to make the borders of our nation totally impervious to illegal aliens we will remain at risk as long as we permit aliens involved in crime and terrorism to 'lawfully' remain in the United States. We will be especially at risk if we confer resident alien status upon aliens and especially United States citizenship.
In March of 2002 I testified before the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security at a hearing that focused on how, precisely 6 months after the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, the former INS issued authorization to two of the dead terrorists to change the schools that they had been admitted to attend! Realize that by then the entire world knew that these two 'students' were terrorists and were also quite dead! Yet this did not stop the INS from granting them authority to change schools! The 911 Commission came to the conclusion that the incompetence of the former INS greatly contributed to the 19 terrorists being able to enter the United States and then embed themselves in our country as they prepared to carry out what would be the worst act of terrorism ever committed in our country since its inception.
I am again extremely concerned that the person who is to be put in charge of this truly pivotal agency has no experience and, in fact, has worked for a firm known as Tew Cardenas LLP. Please click on this link to see how the firm that previously employed Mr. Gonzalez describes his position with that organization:
It is also worthwhile checking out their website to see the areas of concern that this firm has. You can see the website that I am speaking about by clicking on the following link:
I have found that among the statements made on their website that concerns me considering that Mr. Gonzalez had been an employee of that law firm is the passage I have attached below:
Global and Federal Government Affairs
The mission of the Tew Cardenas Global and Government Affairs Practice is to provide our clients with a full range of global and federal government relations service. We rely on the experience of our principals to offer strategic advice and access to foreign governments, corporations, universities, trade associations, and others to help them seek resolution to their objectives. We strive to achieve exceptional client value.
The Washington, DC office of Tew Cardenas includes attorneys, policy specialists and other professionals with many years of distinguished government service experience. We serve as advocates in both international and federal government relations and as business development specialists within the U.S. and throughout the world in both the public and private sectors. We help clients achieve their goals by working with decision-makers in Washington, D.C. and in capitals throughout the world. Tew Cardenas professionals understand how governments work and more importantly what makes them work well for clients.
Our bilingual, bicultural law firm delivers unparalleled services to clients combined with the invaluable cultural knowledge needed to make effective and innovative connections between governments and businesses. Our international expertise helps clients, including foreign governments, navigate the political and policy corridors of Washington, DC.
The Tew Cardenas Global and Government Affairs Practice also provides direct lobbying through personal contacts with key decision makers in the White House, Congress, and federal and regulatory agencies to either create opportunities or solve problems.
With sophisticated and experienced understanding of public policy and international affairs, we are able to develop and implement government relations campaigns to pursue economic, diplomatic and public policy initiatives on behalf of our domestic and foreign clients.
It is my opinion that our nation needs to have effective leaders in key positions who have real-world experience with the issues that they will deal with. Agencies that are involved with components of national security should be lead by executives who clearly understand what needs to be done to secure our nation. The agency charged with the adjudication of applications for immigration benefits needs a leader who has immigration/law enforcement experience. It appears that Mr. Gonzalez lacks this experience. The President and members of his administration have been quick to point out that we are continuing to wage a war on terror. We certainly "get it" it would be terrific if the administration would demonstrate that it understands what is truly needed.
I have no knowledge about Mr. Gonzalez other than the information I have been able to glean from news media accounts about him and the pieces I have retrieved by going on line. He may well be a true "American success story" and a credit to his family. However, I believe that his having worked for a firm that specializes in lobbying government and by not having a background in immigration law is at the least disconcerting. Many years ago, when I first became a special agent I had a boss who was in charge of the investigations branch of the New York District Office of the INS. He used to end each meeting with the agents be stating, "...it is not enough to not engage in wrong doing, as federal agents you must never even give the illusion of doing wrong." Integrity requires that in addition to following all of the laws and rules governing ethics that the leaders of an agency along with his/her subordinates be perceived as being beyond reproach. Mr. Gonzalez's background leaves me concerned."