NOTE to READER: Michael Cutler is a retired INS Special Agent who served the US for more than 3 decades. Cutler is of the Jewish faith and lives in New York City. He is a Democrat, and he has testified before Congress 17 times about immigration law and enforcement.
Written by Michael Cutler:
On June 18, 2019 The New York Times reported, ‘Ocasio-Cortez Calls Migrant Detention Centers ‘Concentration Camps,’ Eliciting Backlash.’
This is hardly the first time that immigration anarchists have compared immigration law enforcement personnel with the infamous Gestapo of Third Reich.
However, it is extremely disturbing for a member of Congress to make that comparison and then double down and attack Liz Cheney as was reported in a New York Post article, ‘AOC continues to rip Liz Cheney over concentration camp remarks.’
That despicable comparison is for me, personally infuriating for two reasons. I was an INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) employee for 30 years. I spent the first four years of my career with the INS as an Immigration Inspector assigned to John F. Kennedy International Airport and then spent the next 26 years as an INS special agent. Additionally I am a Jew whose family suffered tremendously during the Holocaust, indeed, I was named for my mother’ mother who was killed in Poland during the Holocaust.
Let me be crystal clear: the law enforcement efforts of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and CBP (Customs and Border Protection) bears absolutely no resemblance, in any way, shape or form, to the the Holocaust or concentration camps.
That outrageous and incendiary comparison simultaneously trivialized the Holocaust and vilified and thus undermined the vital work that immigration law enforcement officers do to protect America and Americans.
The Holocaust was that darkest episode in human history that led to the death of tens of millions of innocent people, saw cities reduced to rubble and global suffering on an unparalleled level. While Jews were targeted for extermination to achieve the “Final Solution” tens of millions of non-Jews, primarily Christians were killed, orphaned and made to suffer.
America’s laws were enacted to protect America from aliens whose presence would undermine national security, public safety, public health and the livelihoods of American workers. America’s immigration laws do not make any distinction about race, religion or ethnicity.
8 U.S. Code § 1182 is a section of law that is contained in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and enumerates the categories of aliens who are inadmissible into the United States.
Aliens who are taken into custody when they violate our immigration laws. They are held until a determination can be made as to whether or not they may ultimately enter the United States.
Aliens have not inherent right to enter the United States any more than a stranger has no inherent right to break into another person’s home or apartment. Aliens who are held in CBP detention centers are detained because of their own actions.
During the Holocaust Jews were rounded up and forcibly removed from their houses not because they violated any laws but simply because of their religion. They were used as slave laborers and when they became to weak to work they were killed.
They were used for brutal medical experiments.
Their bodies were stripped of their valuables and even the gold in their teeth was removed to fill the Nazi coffers.
While it is hard to understand how Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was elected to Congress it is blatantly impossible to understand how the supposed ‘leaders” of the Democratic Party refuse to disavow her remarks and have even attempted to support them.
Pelosi has not problem attacking President Trump but when asked about the Ocasio-Cortez statement Pelosi was quoted as saying, “I’m not up to date with her most recent remarks,” Pelosi added. “I saw them on the news, but I haven’t spoken to her about that.”
It was reported that Jewish House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) tweeted Tuesday, “One of the lessons from the Holocaust is ‘Never Again’ – not only to mass murder, but also to the dehumanization of people, violations of basic rights, and assaults on our common morality.”
“Never again” is the phrase used to express the demand that we never suffer the depravity of the Holocaust ever again not a phrase to voice opposition to immigration law enforcement.