Setting the record straight on Operation Wetback
Donald Trump is the only presidential candidate who seems to get that the vast majority of Americans want ILLEGAL ALIENS deported, none moreso than the Hispanic, Asian and other naturalized citizens who endured years of red tape to become Real Americans. He wants to use Ike Eisenhower's approach to deportation.
Liberals are revising this historic event. To inoculate readers against their attempts to fictionalize this history -- just as they have everything from the McCarthy hearings to climate change -- I offer some research on this. Already I have to correct Fox News Latino -- Rupert Murdoch's attempt to pander to Spanish-speaking people.
From Fox News:
Donald Trump said that if he were to become president of the United States, part of his immigration policy would be modeled directly after a 1950s policy called "Operation Wetback."
In an interview published online for 60 Minutes Overtime, Trump told CBS anchor and correspondent Scott Pelley that his immigration plan to deport all undocumented immigrants in the country and allow them to come in on a per-case basis can work because President Dwight D. Eisenhower did it more than half a century ago.
"We are rounding them up in a very humane way, in a very nice way, and they're going to be happy because they want to be legalized," Trump explained in the portion of his 60 Minutes interview that did not make air.
Trump went on to defend his policy by citing Eisenhower's 1954 immigration policy, Operation Wetback, which deported roughly 1 million undocumented immigrants to Mexico.
The policy, named after an offensive slur toward Hispanics, expelled Mexican nationals and U.S. citizens and transported them deep into Mexico so as to limit their chance of ever attempting to make it back into the United States, according to Huffington Post Latino Voices.
"It is practical, it's going to work," Trump told Pelley. "You look back in the 1950s, you look back at the Eisenhower administration; take a look at what they did and it worked."Now anytime you quote Huffington Post, you spread garbage.
Mexico and the United States reached an agreement in World War II to send Mexican workers north under the Bracero program. However, that program collapsed due to corruption. Any time you deal with the Mexican government, you have corruption -- not that ours is all that goody two-shoes either.
From the Texas State Historical Association:
Increasing grievances from various Mexican officials in the United States and Mexico prompted the Mexican government to rescind the bracero agreement and cease the export of Mexican workers. The United States Immigration Service, under pressure from various agricultural groups, retaliated against Mexico in 1951 by allowing thousands of illegals to cross the border, arresting them, and turning them over to the Texas Employment Commission, which delivered them to work for various grower groups in Texas and elsewhere. Over the long term, this action by the federal government, in violation of immigration laws and the agreement with Mexico, caused new problems for Texas. Between 1944 and 1954, "the decade of the wetback." the number of illegal aliens coming from Mexico increased by 6,000 percent. It is estimated that in 1954 before Operation Wetback got under way, more than a million workers had crossed the Rio Grande illegally. Cheap labor displaced native agricultural workers, and increased violation of labor laws and discrimination encouraged criminality, disease, and illiteracy. According to a study conducted in 1950 by the President's Commission on Migratory Labor in Texas, the Rio Grande valley cotton growers were paying approximately half of the wages paid elsewhere in Texas. In 1953 a McAllen newspaper clamored for justice in view of continuing criminal activities by "wetbacks."Sound familiar?
And it was Mexico -- not the United States -- that ended the deal arbitrarily. That led to the rounding up and deportation of illegal aliens. For every one deported, seven or more self-deported. The illegal alien population fell 95% in the 1950s.
Interestingly, worker wages and the standard of living for Americans rose dramatically in the 1960s as we suffered "affluenza" -- a liberal-minted malady for the middle class having "too much."
Mexico has draconian immigration laws. It jailed without bond or trial for six months a Marine who strayed across its borders.
Trump is the only one standing up to them. Either the Republicans stand up to them or we get a third party.