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It's possible to have converging and divergent perspectives on the same subject.
The two debate divergent and similar immigration views.
After the attacks of September 11, 2001 I was called upon to testify before more than one dozen Congressional hearings and was requested to provide testimony to the Presidential Committee on the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.
Since the attacks of 9/11 I have endeavored to do whatever I can in order to provide my perspectives on immigration that impact everything from national security and criminal justice to the economy, the environment, education, health care and other issues.
The immigration issue is so incredibly important to our nation and, while it is often portrayed as being of great concern to so-called political "Conservatives," in my view, it must be of great concern to all Americans of all political perspectives and affiliations. In fact, I have been a registered Democrat ever since I cast my first ballot as a college student.
Democracy is supposed to be about discourse and the honest and open debate in which all perspectives are considered before critical decisions are made. My goal is to provide the insight that I have acquired during my career which spanned some 30 years and continued through my interaction with politicians, journalists and others with whom I have interacted as an INS officer and since my departure from that agency and my involvement in Congressional hearings and media appearances.
Michael Cutler, Senior Immigration Editor And Senior Special Agent Of The Ins (ret): I think it is absolutely essential that I explain who I am. I also feel it is important to explain why I have embarked upon a mission to provide insight about our nation's many failures in securing the United States borders. My opinions are based on thirty years of experience with the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Beyond my professional experience, I'd also like you to understand that who I am as a human being is a foundation for my opinions as well. Why is immigration... (more...)