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How President Dwight Eisenhower Dealt With Illegal Immigration

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This is not the first time the US has dealt with an illegal immigration problem. Only last time it was dealt with in a decidedly swifter and sterner manner.

In 1955, thousands of disoriented illegals roamed the city’s streets as the sun bore down on them. They had just been deported there by American immigration officials.

These Mexican immigrants had been caught in the snare of Operation Wetback, the biggest mass deportation of undocumented workers in United States history. As many as 1.3 million people may have been swept up in the Eisenhower-era campaign, which was designed to root out undocumented Mexicans from American society.

There was not much in the way of sympathy for those who had crossed into the country illegally.

The operation used military-style tactics to remove Mexican immigrants.

In June of 1954, Eisenhower appointed retired General Joseph “Jumpin’ Joe” Swing to head “Operation Wetback,” which sent local and federal officials on sweeps of Mexican neighborhoods looking for illegals.

Within one month 50,000 illegals had been captured and deported, while nearly half a million more fled the country to avoid arrest. By September 80,000 more illegals had been removed from the state of Texas alone, and between 500,000-700,000 more had fled the country.

These illegals weren’t just dropped at the border; Swing arranged for buses and trains to take immigrants deep into Mexico before releasing them. Tens of thousands more were shipped by boat from Texas to Vera Cruz, Mexico.

With the help of the Mexican government, which sought the return of Mexican nationals to alleviate a labor shortage, Border Patrol agents and local officials used military techniques and engaged in a coordinated, tactical operation to remove the immigrants.

In 1953, Carter tried to get the National Guard involved in a forerunner of Operation Wetback,, but since the U.S. military is not supposed to be used to enforce domestic laws, he couldn’t gain authorization to do so. Instead, in 1954, the government introduced Operation Wetback, which used Border Patrol resources instead.

‘Ike’ took quick and decisive action. He used 1,075 Border Patrol Agents to seal the border. In doing so, he achieved a task our government today deems impossible with a force that is 10% larger. Once the border was sealed, Eisenhower went about the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens.


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  1. Hell, let’s begin but send them back to the country they originated with NO handouts !
    (1) Isn’t it weird that in America, our flag and our culture offend so
    many people, but our benefits don’t?

    (2) How can the federal government ask U.S. citizens to pay back
    student loans, when illegal aliens are receiving a free education?

    (3) Only in America are legal citizens labeled “racists” and “Nazis,”
    but illegal aliens are called “Dreamers”.

    (4) Liberals say, “If confiscating all guns saves just one life, it’s
    worth it. “Well then, if deporting all illegals saves just one life,
    wouldn’t that be worth it?

    (5) I can’t quite figure out how you can proudly wave the flag of
    another country, but consider it punishment to be sent back there.

    (6) The Constitution: It doesn’t need to be rewritten, it needs to be reread & enforced !

    (7) William F. Buckley said: “Liberals claim to want to give a hearing
    to other points of view, and are then shocked and offended when they
    discover there are other points of view.”

    (8) Joseph Sobran said: “‘Need’ now means wanting someone else’s
    money. ‘Greed’ means wanting to keep your own. ‘Compassion’ is when a
    politician arranges the transfer.”

    (9) Florida has had 119 hurricanes since 1850, but some people still
    insist the last one was due to climate change.

  2. PRESIDENT TRUMP,PLEASE DO THE SAME THING THAT “IKE”DID.IT IS NOT SO MUCH THE MEXICANS AS IT IS THE OTHER BORDER CHASERS,AND THE ONES THAT OBAMA GAVE A FREE RIDE INTO OUR COUNTRY.THJOSE THAT CAME HERE AND THEN HAS DONE EVER THING THEY CAN TO NOT OBEY THE LAWS OF OUR LAND.MNOST OF AMERICA IS GOD LOVING PEOPLE.THAT REALLY TRY TO LIVE BY THE RULES OF OUR BIBLE AND OUR CONSTITUTION.

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