An INS agent turned anti-immigration campaigner says that Arizona’s new anti-immigrant law is needed not only because of illegal migrants and drug dealers, but because “we’ve had Middle Easterners coming across that border as well.”
Presumably, Michael W. Cutler of the Center for Immigration Studies is arguing that the relative ease of entering the US is a security risk, and not that the US should bar Middle Easterners as a whole from entering the country.
In his sometimes hard-to-follow comments on Fox & Friends Saturday, Cutler decried the “politicization” of the immigration issue — and then proceeded to link immigration to 9/11 and terrorism.
“We have so politicized immigration, and it’s doing so much harm to America and Americans, meanwhile with the war on terror […] we’re losing our expectations of privacy and freedom in the name of national security,” Cutler said. “And, by the way, it’s not just drug dealers. We know we’ve had Middle Easterners coming across that border as well, so this is a common sense measure they’re doing and I hope that the fed government fails.”
Cutler was referring to recent news reports that the Obama administration will pursue a legal challenge to Arizona’s new law. Under the law, police are allowed to stop anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally and demand proof of legal residency. Some legal experts say the law is unconstitutional.
Cutler’s organization, the CIS, is closely linked to the Federation for American Immigration Reform, an anti-immigration group that argues the US “is already over-populated” and needs to close its doors to migrants. The group has been pushing some dubious notions, such as the claim that the NAFTA countries — the US, Canada and Mexico — are planning a massive “NAFTA superhighway” that would run through the central United States, linking Canada with Mexico.
The following video was broadcast on Fox News’ Fox & Friends, June 19, 2010, and uploaded to the Web by MediaMatters.