Removing illegals from the nation: Ike showed us the way
Exclusive: Brent Smith touts ‘Operation Wetback,’ which caused extensive self-deportation
Putting aside those who are freely crossing into our country expressly to do us harm – i.e., terrorists (yes, they still exist) – there are untold amounts of illegal immigrants from every corner of the globe just walking across the border, with no end in sight …
But it’s not as if this is anything new. This problem at the southern border has been plaguing America for over 70 years. Maybe not as pernicious as today, but still a major problem.
So is there a way to take care of the illegal-alien infiltration in America?
Well, yes, there is. But it would take someone of iron will, who cares nothing of his/her media image, popularity, reelection, or even potential impeachment. One like a supreme commander of Allied Forces, say like Dwight D. Eisenhower, said supreme commander and 34th president of these United States.
“I like Ike” –- for giving us the blueprint.
At the time Eisenhower took office in 1953, at least 3 million illegals had already crossed the border and were residing in the United States. It doesn’t sound like much by today’s pitiful standards, but, again, that was almost 70 years ago.
Needless to say, Eisenhower had a real problem with illegal aliens.
In 1954 he appointed retired Gen. Joseph Swing to head up the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) and gave him full authority to do what he had to do to stop the flow and deport the ones already here.
“Jumpin’ Joe,” as he was called from his days in the 101st Airborne, got to work and did so with only 1,075 agents.
He tasked 750 of those agents to travel to Southern California and Arizona and round up 1,000 illegals per day.
This undertaking was given a name which is by now is totally ‘politically incorrect’ — “Operation Wetback.” But by any name it was a success. It began on June 17, 1954. By the end of July, the agents had caught 50,000 in just those two states.
And what happened then is what we have been saying for years: Another half-million fled the country on their own rather than be arrested.
It’s called self-deportation, and when illegals know an administration is serious, that’s what happens.
The generals’ agents then moved on to Texas where they apprehended another 80,000 “wetbacks” -– and another 700,000 self deported.
The illegals very quickly understood that Eisenhower wasn’t messing around. Consequently, illegal immigration decreased by 95% in the ’50s.
After Ike left office, it was back to a relaxed attitude under John F. Kennedy and every other president since, including Ronald Reagan.
Eisenhower proved it could be done, if one has the will of a supreme military commander. Simply give the order that it be done and charge the right people to do it –- period.
Ike was able to rid us of the flood of almost 3,000,000 illegals with little more than 1,000 agents, so never accept from anyone that it “Can’t Be Done”!
David Richards says
Here is a more complete description of “Operation Wetback”, with a little history, background and follow-up:https://www.history.com/news/operation-wetback-eisenhower-1954-deportation.
TIMOTHY K SULLIVAN says
Problem is, we won’t another like Ike again. He was a general who knew how to win wars.
Scott Andrews says
Great post. Lets find another General Swing.
T. Colligan says
Nobody has grown a pair big enough to do the job.
ERic Petersen says
Here’s hoping that when Trump resumes residency in the White House, he will follow Ike’s plan and rid our country of all those illegal invaders that Beijing Biden let in so freely.
Barbara Bradford says
Timely, Thank you…passing it on to many.
Reason #823 to like Ike! #Abilene, Kansas!
In Ike’s time, we played to win. Then, we played to not lose. Now, we do not want to win. Soon, we won’t know how to win. Snowflakes.