US -Mexico Border Crisis

The 'Line' For Legal Immigration Is Already About 4 Million People  

Heard on All Things Considered by TED ROBBINS

In the back and forth between Congress and the White House over immigration, both sides seem to agree that people now in the U.S. illegally should wait at "the back of the line" for legal residency — meaning no green card until all other immigrants get theirs.

But that presents a problem, because the wait for a green card can take decades.

Maria has been waiting in line with her husband for 16 years and counting for what the government calls a priority date for legal residency. Because she is in the U.S. without documents, Maria asked NPR to use only her first name.

Her story, though, is typical: Maria's mother-in-law is a U.S. citizen. So Maria's husband, who was born in Mexico, is eligible for a green card. While he's waiting, he is in the U.S. illegally, running a small construction business and, Maria says, paying taxes. When her husband gets his green card, Maria can apply for one.

But their lawyer, Mo Goldman, says it will be a while longer before applicants from 1997 are eligible.

"The date that they're currently processing right now is back to 1993 — and it doesn't move," he says.

In other words, grown Mexican-born sons and daughters of U.S. citizens are at the front of the line for permanent legal residency after applying two decades ago. Different family categories have different "lines" — spouses wait less time than siblings. Different job categories also have different lines — college graduates wait less time than lower-skilled workers.

"So it turns out there are many lines," says Hiroshi Motomura, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who is writing a book on the immigration system. "There's something certainly questionable in the logic of a system that, on the one hand, says you qualify, but ... you have to wait 20 years."

Lawyer Goldman says this isn't the way it was a century ago when immigrants came through Ellis Island.

"It's apples and oranges," he says. "There's no way of comparing that because we didn't have this quota system. People got off a boat, you know, they were processed through, they got their medical examination, and ... they became permanent residents."

That is, if you were from Europe. If not, it was tough to immigrate even back then.

So in the 1960s, Congress tried to make things more fair by granting an equal number of green cards for each country. That means there are country quotas now, on top of all those family and employment categories. But some countries are larger than others — or, as Motomura says, they have more people who want to immigrate because of geography or political and economic ties.

"Right now, those countries are China, India, Mexico and the Philippines," he says. "So if you're from those countries, you have to wait longer."

The total estimated backlog for legal immigration is 4 million people. And Motomura thinks that long wait may have fueled illegal immigration.

That's what Stuart Anderson thinks, too. He was an immigration official during the George W. Bush administration and is now with the nonpartisan National Foundation for American Policy, a Virginia think tank.

Anderson says people who need jobs or want to join their family won't endure a two-decade wait.

"The combination of that with increased border enforcement has led people to come in illegally and then end up staying once they got into the country because it's become more difficult to cross in the first place," Anderson says.

That brings us back to Maria and her husband from Mexico. They crossed and stayed in Tucson, Ariz., illegally at the same time his mother applied for him to live in the U.S. legally. And here's the kicker: Goldman, their lawyer, says if they do leave the United States and get caught coming back, the law automatically adds another 10 years to their wait.

"I stay here," Maria says. "I never come back to Mexico," even after deaths in her family.

Maria and her husband are not about to lose their place in line, even if they don't know how long the line is.

It's why almost everyone pushing an immigration overhaul says any new law has to ease the current backlog of legal green card applicants before putting the estimated 11 million undocumented in line behind them.

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The astronomical re-offense rate of the predators the president sets loose in our communities.

 

 

Archive of My Articles for FrontPage Magazine

 

 

It is time that when the "compassion card" is brought out- the issue of compassion must first take into account the safety and well-being of America and Americans.  There is nothing compassionate about committing suicide!

 

I urge you to get involved and demand our elected representatives actually represent us- We the People!  The information contained in my article is being provided to educate as many of our fellow Americans as possible so that they can ask the right questions and make the appropriate demands on our political leaders and representatives and political candidates.  

 

Please pass this suggestion to as many folks as you can!

 

America, first and foremost, is comprised of its citizens not rivers parks and cities.  We have never had more American citizens, especially minority citizens, living below the poverty level.  We now expect that American kids will not do as well as their parents.  This is not how we will get America to lead.  

 

Simply stated, American Lives Matter!!

 

One of the points of contention where political “liberals" and political “conservatives” are concerned is how much government is appropriate, with conservatives demanding less government and liberals generally believing in more government, an issue that should be agreed upon by all reasonable Americans is the need for our government to secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws.  This should not be a divisive issue- our immigration laws are completely and utterly blind as to race, religion and ethnicity and were enacted for the two primary purposes of protecting innocent lives and protecting the jobs of American workers.

 

On February 23, 2016 FrontPage Magazine published my article,  

Skewed Immigration Polls May Skewer Americans  -  Figures don't lie but liars can figure.

 

On March 23, 2016 FrontPage Magazine published my article,  Immigration Law Enforcement Is Not About Xenophobia But Commonsense

The Summer Edition of The Social Contract includes my extensive article, "The 9/11 Commission Report and Immigration: An Assessment, Fourteen Years after the Attacks."

On April 20, 2015 FrontPage Magazine published my article, How DHS Ineptitude Facilitates Terrorist Operations » A chilling case-in-point from Ohio.

 

The Winter Edition of the Social Contract includes my article, Sanctuary Cities Endanger - National Security and Public Safety

 

On January 23, 2015 Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) posted my commentary,  For America to Do Well, Americans Must Do Well

 

On November 13, 2015 the Daily Caller published my article,  Political Candidates, Immigration And Home Repair Con-Artists

 

On November 6, 2015 FrontPage Magazine published my article:

Decoding Politicians' Immigration Newspeak -The devious manipulation of language employed by the political class.

On January 23, 2015 FrontPage Magazine published my article: Sleeper Cells: The Immigration Component of the Threat.”

On June 28, 2015 FrontPage Magazine published my article, Illegal Aliens Are Not 'Law Abiding' - The vital importance of America's immigration and inspection laws.”

Consider the following articles:

On July 7, 2014, FrontPage published my article, Border Security and the Immigration Colander.

On September 3, 2015 FrontPage Magazine posted my article:

Keeping Track of Visa Violators

The overlooked source of the nation's illegal immigration problems that people are finally talking about.

 

On September 10, 2015 FrontPage magazine published my article:

Educating Our Adversaries

Why educating foreign STEM students is bad for American workers and national security.

 

On July 5, 2015 FrontPage Magazine published my article:

 

One Chance Is All a Terrorist Needs

How DHS is failing to heed its own warnings.

 

On October 7, 2015 FrontPage Magazine published my article:

Syrian 'Refugees' and Immigration Roulette

How the government is recklessly playing with American lives.

 

On November 12, 2015 FrontPage Magazine published my article:

Educating 'Engineers of Jihad' at US Universities

How the legal immigration system allowed four al-Qaeda-linked terrorists to attend U.S. colleges and roam free among us.

All reasonable Americans want to live in safety where the American dream provides opportunities for anyone who is willing to acquire an education, work hard and benefit from a bit of luck.  They want the same for their children and their children’s children.  How on earth could there be any controversy about the need to prevent criminals or terrorists from entering the United States?  How on earth could anyone think that it is good for Americans to have to compete with foreign workers from Third World countries for their jobs- forcing wages down, thereby creating wage suppression?

On June 18, 2015 FrontPage Magazine published my article, Theft By Deception: The Immigration Con Game » How politicians are robbing citizens of access to the American Dream.

On June 27, 2015 CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization) posted my article, Heroin Epidemic: The Real Metric for Determining Border Security.

 

On December 19, 2014 Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) posted my extensive article: "Obama’s ‘Gift’ to International Terrorists: Immigration Executive Action."

Meanwhile, the lack of integrity to the immigration system not only undermines national security and public safety but is leading to the dismantling of America’s middle class and with it, the American Dream.

 

On July 22, 2014 FrontPage Magazine posted my article: Immigration ‘Reform’: Engineered Destruction of the Middle Class The real reason high-tech titans are lining up behind the amnesty effort. 

On February 17, 2015 CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization) posted my most recent commentary:

Effective Immigration Law Enforcement is ‘Pro-Immigrant,’ Compassionate

 

 

 

In October 2014 Progressives For Immigration Reform published my policy brief:

 The Liberal Case for Effective Immigration Law Enforcement

 

video of my presentation of my policy brief at the Progressives For Immigration Reform conference in November 2014 has been posted on You Tube.

 

On November 15th I was honored to join three true leaders in the United States Congress in a panel discussion on immigration- Senator Jeff Sessions and Congressmen Louis Gohmert and John Fleming.  A video of this panel discussion has been posted on the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s website under the title, 

"Immigration Wars"

 

The perspectives of these true leaders are well worth listening to.

To provide you with a bit of additional material, during my remarks at the panel discussion, I referenced my June 22, 2007 Op-Ed for the Washington Times that focused on my concerns about the previous attempt to enact Comprehensive Immigration Reform.  Senator Jeff Sessions quoted from my commentary, on three separate dates, from the floor of the U.S. during the contentious floor debates.  

 

IIn my piece I recommended that Comprehensive Immigration Reform be given a more honest and descriptive title, I suggested that it be renamed the “Terrorist Assistance and Facilitation Act!”  

 

I recommend you review Senator Session's statement on June 27, 2007 from the floor of the U.S. Senate on the Immigration Bill in which the Senator made reference to my suggested new name to that disastrous legislation in my Washington Times Op-Ed.  His impassioned pleas to his colleagues averted a catastrophe and that legislation was defeated.  However, not unlike Freddy Krueger, Comprehensive Immigration Reform has been brought back to life through the unilateral actions of President Obama and his proposed executive actions.  Furthermore, there are politicians from both parties willing to give this legislative betrayal of America and Americans CPR!

My Op-Ed was entitled:

Immigration bill a ‘No Go 

 

Today our nation and our citizens face a list of challenges and threats- nearly every one of which is being exacerbated by long-standing failures of our nation to secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws.  To be clear, it is not “Anti-Immigrant” to want these two issues to be dealt with effectively.  In point of fact, the same immigration laws that mandate the categories of aliens to be kept our of our country and the terms under which aliens should be removed from our country have absolutely nothing to do with race, religion or ethnicity, also provide for the lawful admission of roughly one million lawful immigrants and the naturalization of hundreds of thousands of new citizens each year.

 

It is therefore a contradiction in terms and thinking to claim that it is “Anti-Immigrant” to support the effective enforcement and administration of our immigration laws   

 

Let us be clear in our thinking- it is “Pro-Immigrant” to be “Pro-Enforcement!”

 

When the issue of immigration comes up most people purely focus on the lack of integrity to the border that is supposed to separate the United States from America.  Clearly that border lacks integrity and represents little more than a speed bump to smugglers who transport illegal aliens and contraband including record quantities of dangerous drugs such as heroin and cocaine into the United States.

 

However, there are many more components to the immigration system including systems by which aliens are granted visas to enter the United States and various immigration benefits such as conferring employment authorization to aliens in the United States and also include the adjudications process by which aliens are granted lawful immigrant status and even United States citizenship.

 

All of these systems of the immigration system lack integrity.  Aliens who have gone on to commit crimes and even participate in terrorist attacks have often been dissevered to have successfully gamed the immigration benefits program in order to embed themselves in communities around the United States as they went about their deadly preparations.

On July 2, 2013 the Washington Times published my Op-Ed:

 

CUTLER: Tough questions about immigration ‘reform’

Who will find the answers while there’s still time to prevent a disaster?

 

 

On June 13, 2013 I was interviewed by Neil Cavuto at Fox News on the topic:

Does immigration reform pose too many risks?  

The interview ran about 4 minutes and is worth watching.

On April 4, 2014, CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization) posted my commentary that asks the questions all Americans need to ask their political “representatives.”  My commentary is aptly titled:  "How? Why?

 

In his historic speech before the 3rd Army on May 31, 1944, General George S. Patton said, on the strategy of holding a position:

We're not holding anything, we'll let the Hun do that. We are advancing constantly, and we're not interested in holding onto anything except the enemy.”

Pushing back against Comprehensive Immigration Reform is the same as holding position. The time has come for us to advance by demanding that our borders be made truly secure and our immigration laws be effectively administered and enforced.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform violates all of the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission but no one is willing to even consider how the lack of real border security and the lack of real integrity to the various components of the immigration system imperil national security and public safety.

The findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission must be the starting point for any discussion about immigration legislation.  That commission determined that a lack of border security, including the visa process. and fraud in the immigration benefits program, enabled terrorists to enter and embed themselves in the United States, as they went about their deadly preparations.

 

Immigration is not a single issue but a singular issue that impacts nearly every challenge and threat confronting the United States today!  Simply stated, the immigration laws were enacted to save lives and protect the jobs of American workers.  In point of fact, our borders and our immigration laws are America’s first line of defense and last line of defense against international terrorists and transnational criminals.

 

It is not “Anti-Immigrant” to be “Pro-American!"

 

Our armed forces are charged with securing America’s borders externally while the DHS is supposed to secure those same borders from within.  The failures of the DHS to live up to its half of the equation are undermining the efforts, valor and incredible sacrifices of Americas men and women who serve in our military!

 

If our government's failures to protect American jobs by securing our nation's borders and effectively enforcing our immigration laws concerns you or especially if it angers you, I ask you to call your Senators and Congressional "Representative. This is not only your right- it is your obligation! 

 

All I ask is that you make it clear to our politicians that we are not as dumb as they hope we are!

We live in a perilous world and in a perilous era. The survival of our nation and the lives of our citizens hang in the balance.

 

American Lives Matter!

This is neither a Conservative issue, nor is it a Liberal issue- simply stated, this is most certainly an AMERICAN issue!

 

You are either part of the solution or you are a part of the problem!

Democracy is not a spectator sport!

Lead, follow or get out of the way!

 

 

-michael cutler- 

 

Please check out my website:

http://michaelcutler.net/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hispanic Caucus Lets Obama Delay Executive Amnesty Again, This Time to Protect Mary Landreiu in Dec. Runoff

By Andrew Johnson

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) is giving President Obama some wiggle room on his executive action on immigration, saying it can wait even until after a potential December runoff that could decide control of the Senate.

After President Obama announced he would wait until after the November midterms to move forward with executive action to grant legal status to millions of illegal immigrants​, the CHC initially said it still the White House to act by Thanksgiving. But a new resolution passed by the Democratic caucus is now giving him until late December to act.

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough reportedly told told the caucus in recent meetings that it was unlikely the president would choose to act by the end of November and wants to wait until after Louisiana’s competitive Senate race, which will probably go to an early December runoff. McDonough reportedly asked the Latino caucus to postpone its demand.

In Louisiana, if no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote in November, the leading two candidates will move to a runoff, and it seems unlikely that either incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu or leading Republican Bill Cassidy will get a majority. Hispanic Democrats are keen on getting executive action on the books to legalize some undocumented immigrants, but Landrieu and other vulnerable red-state Democrats would likely be hurt by the president’s unilateral action. (The Louisiana senator voted in favor of allowing an amendment to a recent Senate spending bill that would have blocked President Obama’s ability to act unilaterally; the motion failed.)

In a resolution passed last Thursday, the CHC said it was “deeply disappointed” with the president’s decision to delay his executive action but still wants him to act “before the end of the holiday season.” The resolution also references President Obama’s original May 27 promise to act before the end of the summer, as well as his announcement earlier this month to delay the action until later after the midterms.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/388472/hispanic-caucus-lets-obama-delay-executive-amnesty-again-time-protect-mary-landreiu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gang of 8 Bill- What You Need to Know!

June 26,2013

If you want to know what this bill (Gang of 8) is about please listen to this interview with Mike Cutler. Mike Cutler has testified dozens of times in Congress on immigration issues. He is a retired INS agent with over 30 years experience in all levels of the immigration system.

The interview is very illuminating and will change how you view this subject.

 

https://cvtp.webex.com/cvtp/ldr.php?AT=pb&SP=MC&rID=124541312&rKey=485f6073a3e4bca0

 

Ted Cruz Exposes Amnesty Bill: $5000 Penalty For Hiring Citizens Over Legalized Aliens

We can’t possibly expect our Senators to read a 1200 page bill before voting on it. Can we? Well Thank God Ted Cruz read it. Not only did Cruz read it but he schooled anyone who would listen from the Senate floor on Tuesday. Cruz found a loophole that actually penalizes an employer $5000 for hiring a citizen over a legalized alien. Seriously. You can’t make this stuff up. Senator Cruz was quoted as saying:

“I filed an amendment that would have corrected one of the most egregious aspects of the gang of eight bill as it intersects with Obamacare legislation, namely a penalty imposed on U.S. employers for hiring U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents. This bill says if an employer hires a citizen or a legal immigrant, the IRS can impose a $5,000 penalty on that employer. But if the employer instead hires someone with RPI status, that penalty will go away. That is utterly and completely indefensible.”

“Nobody in this body wants to see African-American unemployment go up. Nobody wants to see Hispanic unemployment go up, youth unemployment go up, union household unemployment go up, legal immigrant unemployment go up. Yet every one of those will happen if this Gang of Eight bill passes without fixing this problem. If that happens, all 100 members of the U.S. Senate will be accountable to our constituents for explaining why we voted to put a federal penalty on hiring U.S. citizens and hiring legal immigrants. I hope this body will choose to pass my amendment and fix this grave defect in the Gang of Eight legislation.”



Read more: http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/06/ted-cruz-exposes-amnesty-bill-5000-penalty-for-hiring-citizens-over-legalized-aliens/#ixzz2XiJyqR5M

 

 

 

 

Gang of 8 Bill Highlights Such as They Are

Immigration Bill in DC update:

Amnesty Bill worst than 2007 Bill.

844 pages of legislation, backgrounds checks in new bill are lower than current law,  no triggers in bill. No requirements of defense in border security. Napolitano has 6 months to come up with a plan without having to do anything. Napolitano gets more power. No defined terms, all up to Sec of DHS.

 E-verify is repealed under this bill  and employs new system that is untested and untried and doesn’t need to be in place for 5 yrs. Day laborers no t even on new system. Entry /exit system must be bio-metric, this bill strips this measure after 17 yrs.

Biographical exit/entry system, papers basically. Passports etc. Fencing, requires an actual fence at border Mexico and Us border. Rubio says there is new funding to build fence but it has never happened and Administration has said it won’t happen. High tech fence that can be easily penetrated is their answer.

This is really amnesty! Citizenship line may be in back but these folks are pushed to the top of the jobs line. They have to pay a fine,. Legal immigrants don’t’ get any assistance that these amnesty folks will get. They will only pay $500 fine for being here illegal.

Earmarks, allow Congressman who own/like  certain industries get new guest workers…people will be exploited for these new workers. Exempts American businesses from paying people the same amount as Americans so they can work for cheaper.

SSN fraud being committed which none of these people have to pay legal time for breaking law. Identity theft not prosecuted. These people are not prosecuted for any laws they have broken. US provides assistance to allow them to break the law.

WSJ  wrote article on Obama trying to pass these things as being all political. Then they can use it against House members in 2014 to show they want children killed and don’t like Hispanics. Obama strategy let the bills go to House to be stopped and then he can run against the House in 2014, Truman got elected this way. Our game plan is to beat bill in Senate. Don’t let it get to the House.

Heritage has a report/study coming out on jobs and immigration.

33 million immigrants over 10 yrs. Businesses will pay for the cost of this stuff.

Special interests backing bill: Facebook,Google, Microsoft,unions, BigAG. Lesser skilled people workers who will be paid less.

PETA has purchased a large number of drones to watch elk herd in CO.

Large tea party groups that are national  don't want in on this fightmedia is not covering opposition. Contact district offices to tell them NO to Amnesty!

 

Sessions, GOP allies ask for hearings on secret immigration bill

03/19/2013

Neil Munro - White House Correspondent

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions and five other Republican senators are trying to stop the Senate’s Democratic leaders from rushing a huge business-backed amnesty and guest-worker bill through the Senate before it can be debated by the public.

On March 19, Sessions and the other senators sent a letter asking Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Senate judiciary committee, to schedule hearings on the complex bill.

“We respectfully request that the public be given adequate time, consistent with past practice in handling complex comprehensive immigration legislation, to read and analyze the contents of the any such bill” before it is approved by the majority-Democratic panel, said the letter.

The letter was signed by six GOP committee members: Sessions, plus Sens. Chuck Grassley, Orrin Hatch, Mike Lee, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz. It was not signed by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake, two committee members who are helping to write the controversial measure.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/03/19/sessions-gop-allies-ask-for-hearings-on-secret-immigration-bill/#ixzz2O6ugL8BL

 

 

Senators unveil immigration reform as Hispanic influence grows

By Richard Cowan and Rachelle Younglai

WASHINGTON | Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:37pm EST

(Reuters) - Reflecting the growing influence of Hispanics in American politics, a group of Republican and Democratic U.S. senators on Monday said they will move quickly with legislation giving 11 million illegal immigrants a chance to become citizens.

That new political reality, and a change in public opinion on immigration, makes this effort at comprehensive reform more likely to succeed than those of the past, they said, acknowledging that it still won't be easy.

"The Republican Party is losing support of our Hispanic citizens," said John McCain, a Republican from the border state of Arizona and one of the eight senators working on the initiative.

Another member of the bipartisan group, Democrat Charles Schumer, said the public's attitude has changed. "Four years ago they said 'fix the border.' Now they say they much prefer a comprehensive solution including a path to citizenship as well as fixing the border," the New York senator said.

 

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Cuban perks under scrutiny in U.S. immigration reform

By David Adams and Tom Brown

MIAMI | Fri Feb 8, 2013 10:04am EST

(Reuters) - All Ana Soto had to do to gain entry to the United States at the Texas-Mexico border in 2008 was show her Cuban identity card and birth certificate.

Soto has since brought her husband from Cuba, reunited with her parents in Miami and got an accounting job - building a dream life thanks to one of the most generous U.S. immigration laws: the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act.

"I had no future in Cuba. My life, and my entire family's life has changed for the better thanks to the Adjustment Act," said Soto, 24.

Those who follow in Soto's footsteps may not be so fortunate. As the U.S. Congress takes up immigration reform, the special status of Cuban emigres is being called into question by critics who say the CAA is a costly and anachronistic Cold War relic that should be abolished.

The issue has gained urgency after a relaxing of travel restrictions by both Cuba and the United States that has led to a dramatic increase in the number of Cubans traveling between the two countries. Soto herself has returned to Cuba a dozen times, on the last occasion to visit her dying grandmother.

 

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