Why does Donald Trump remain at the top of the heap despite bashing everyone but his mother? It’s uncivilized, they say. Yet none of that appears to matter due to two little words: Illegal Immigration. That’s it.
Although I’m not a Trumpster, I was glad someone finally brought up president Eisenhower and “Operation Wetback” during the last debate. I’ll wager that 90% viewing the debate didn’t know about Eisenhower’s very successful deportation program.
Bill O’Reilly, on behalf of his folks, did not take too kindly to Trump invoking the name of Ike. Business Insider writes that the “Eisenhower program has a dark history — including its name, ‘Operation Wetback,’ a derogatory slur.”
And according to CNN, the 1950s-era transfer process resulted in a number of Mexican migrants dying along the way. Critics are attempting to make us believe this deportation was the Mexican Trail-of-Tears?
During Tuesday’s Fox Business Network Debate, Trump declared that the Eisenhower program “moved a million and a half illegal immigrants out of this country.”
“That was brutal what they did to those people to kick them back to [Mexico]. The stuff they did was really brutal. It could never happen today,” O’Reilly said to Trump. Bill added that even if you wanted to you couldn’t — that “the federal courts would stop you. And they would say each person that President Trump wants to deport has to have due process. So in the year 2050, you would finally get around to it.”
“Bill, they’re here illegally,” Trump insisted.
“Doesn’t matter. The Supreme Court would absolutely rule they all have to have due process because they’re on American soil. You know that,” O’Reilly said.
Okay, first let’s get to the truth about the actual history of deportation in America.
Four American presidents conducted deportations in our history: Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Dwight Eisenhower. Yes, one of the Left’s patron saints, FDR, continued Hoover’s deportation program for a period. Why that would be shocking is beyond me considering his treatment of the Japanese, Germans, and Italians during World War II.
Beginning in 1931, under the auspices of trying to preserve jobs for American citizens during the Depression, the government began a series of “repatriation” programs. They called it repatriation because it was being done at the local level, and by local authorities, and it was determined that only the Feds could “deport.” Both the Hoover and Roosevelt administrations were content to let the local authorities do the heavy lifting of deportation.
Hoover and Roosevelt’s position was that there weren’t near enough jobs for Americans, so the heck with what the law concerning immigration and deportation was. If it was easier to allow local authorities to round up the Mexicans, well, that was good enough. It didn’t matter what the “law” actually said. Hoover’s goal was to have local authorities “repatriate” 500,000 foreigners.
Harry Truman was much more successful. In 1950 he wrote: “These people are coming to our country in phenomenal numbers — and at an increasing rate. Everyone suffers from the presence of these illegal immigrants in the community.” His reasoning was a lack of post-war jobs.
Under Truman approximately 3.3 million Illegals were deported. Yet looking closer at the numbers you’ll find that only about 130,000 were removed by the government and the other 3.2 million self-deported. Yes, when the illegals figured out that Harry “The Buck Stops Here” Truman was serious, they packed up and left on their own. His “deportation force” only had to deport about 4% of all who left. See how this works?
And it worked again under Eisenhower.
In all, from when Hoover began in 1931 to the end of Ike’s term in 1959, about 5.5 million Illegal aliens left this country, but less than ten percent had to be “rounded up” and removed.
When people understand that a president is serious about deportation, the Illegals, as they’ve always done in the past, will once again respond in kind.
What about “court battles”? The president could declare that deportations are a matter of national security and trump the courts. Pardon the pun.