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Michael Cutler, former INS agent, New York


The Truth About Amnesty
Amnesty overlooks the alien's illegal entry and ongoing illegal presence and creates a new legal status that allows the recipient to live and work in the country.

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U.S. Senate

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007
This is the highly controversial 'compromise' immigration reform bill that failed in the Senate. It drew more criticism than support from all sides in the debate.

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The Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity and Immigration
Reform Act of 2007

This is the "security-first" bill that was designed to draw more votes for comprehensive immigration reform. It failed a critical vote in the Senate.

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GAO Testimony

Prospects For Biometric US-VISIT Exit Capability Remain Unclear
DHS has invested about $1.3 billion over 4 years and delivered basically one-half of US-VISIT, meaning that biometrically enabled entry capabilities are operating at almost 300 air, sea, and land POEs, but comparable exit capabilities are not. Moreover, the prospects for this changing are essentially as uncertain today as they were 4 years ago.

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CBO Testimony

Budgetary Impact of Current and Proposed Border Security and Immigration Policies
CBO estimates that implementation of S.2611 would require $81 billion in additional appropriations over the 10-year period, resulting in $78 billion in added outlays. Economic growth would increase by only a small degree.

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Inspections at the Border

Security is Just an Irritating 'Speed Bump'

Michael Cutler

September 7, 2007 -- An article in today's edition of The Washington Times, Border Checks Limited to Speed Traffic, should make it clear that our government considers the issue of the mission of the CBP inspectors to represent an irritating "speed bump" to the goal of commerce and trade. Admittedly no one likes to wait on a long line, but the solution is not to truncate the process to the point where it becomes virtually meaningless, especially as our nation approaches the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The solution is to hire more inspectors and do whatever has to be done to perhaps increase the inspections facilities at those ports of entry that have large numbers of vehicles and pedestrians entering the United States.

The issue of speeding the inspections process is reminiscent of my own experience many years ago when I began my career with the former INS as an immigration inspector at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Back then, in the early 1970's we were told to take no more than one minute to admit a passenger. I also recall that we were chastised if we sent too many arriving aliens to "secondary" for a more thorough inspection. Back then we were told that it might be better to simply limit an arriving foreign passenger to a couple of weeks in the United States rather then to send that questionable passenger to secondary. Of course this was long before our nation was engaged in a "War on Terror" but it nevertheless was a flawed way for us to do our jobs. As I noted to my bosses back then, all that those arriving passengers who were of concern to us wanted was to be limited to a couple of minutes on the other sides of the doors that separated the inspections area from the rest of the terminal so that they could get a running head start!

In this day and age, this mind-set represents a threat to national security!

There have also been numerous reports on the way that USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) approves applications for immigration benefits. These reports make it clear that the objective is to move the applications even at the expense of screening for fraud. Last year, as I have often noted, that troubled agency claimed to have "lost" more than 110,000 alien immigration files that related to aliens seeking a wide variety of benefits including the conferring of resident alien status and even United States citizenship. The report issued by the GAO stated that some 30,000 applications for United States citizenship were among those processed even though USCIS claimed to have not had access to the relating files!

Interestingly, while we have seen politicians make lots of noise about the need to inspect cargo containers, few of them have had the political courage to make their concerns known (presuming they have concerns) about the way that the immigration laws are enforced including the way that the inspections process or the adjudications process are being conducted.

We the people need to know precisely where our elected representatives stand on these critical issues. It is nearly six years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001; do you know where your political representatives stand on these issues?

Democracy is not a spectator sport!

Lead, follow or get out of the way!

Michael Cutler, a former Senior Investigator with INS in New York, has been an expert witness in more than a dozen Congressional hearings. He is a board member on the American Council for Immigration Reform (ANCIR), a Fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies a(CIS), and an advisor to the 911 Families for a Secure America. Among his areas of concern is the nexus between immigration and national security.

Media queries for comments, articles and appearances can be addressed to Mr. Cutler at: mcutler@ancir.org.

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