Dwight D Eisenhower was the first president who had to deal with illegal immigration. A study in Texas found that in areas where there were lots of illegals, the pay was half of what fruit and vegetable pickers received in the rest of the state.
He knew that as long as they were willing to take less money farmers would continue to use them in greater numbers. Since he was the president of the United States and not Mexico, he took firm and immediate action.
The first thing he did was to seal the border. It is interesting to note he was able to do it with only 1,075 border patrol agents. That’s less than 10% of what we have today. I realize that technology has evolved, but it evolved for both sides. The operation is still well known for it’s efficiency throughout the Border Control agency.
Now, he had to face the 3 million illegals that were in the country. Never was amnesty a possibility. No one felt white guilt and no one accused Eisenhower of being a racist and even if they would have, Eisenhower wouldn’t care.
Sure isn’t that way today…
- Border Patrol official: Obama admin released sick illegals into U.S., agents hospitalized
- Obama executive order allows detention of Americans with respiratory diseases
- Obama Executive Order would seize US infrastructure, citizens for nat’l defense
- Obama executive order raises fears administration can seize personal property