I still like Ike
POSTED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 5:53pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 11:56am
Tyler (KETK) — Illegal immigration at border states has always been a problem. While researching today's topic, I came across a Christian Science Monitor story. It was an article written by John Dillin on July 6th, 2006. The story was about what George Bush was going to do, but it mentioned how president Eisenhower dealt back in the mid-50s, and it worked.
Ike saw illegal immigration as a big problem. He wanted to act immediately. He was also up against Texas Senator Lyndon Johnson and Senator Pat McCarren of Nevada.
Back then, there was a lot of back room deals-- like now. Border patrol agents got in trouble if they arrested well-to-do Texans and other border state rancher's illegals.
This is why Eisenhower is one of my favorite presidents. He said to heck with all this. He put a fellow west point graduate in cha charge of INS.
That was Jumpin' Joe Swing. Swing was tight with the president and the sycophants of John and McCarren were told to go jump in the lake.
Swing did this: He transferred certain entrenched immigration officials out of the border area to other regions of the country where their political connections with people such as Senator Johnson would have no effect.
Once political resistance was lower in California and Arizona, the roundup of aliens began there. Some 750 agents swept northward through agricultural areas with a goal of 1,000 apprehensions a day. By the end of July, over 50,000 aliens were caught in the two states. Another 488,000, fearing arrest, ran out of the country.
By September, 1954, 80,000 had been taken into custody in Texas, and an estimated 500,000 to 700,000 illegals had left the Lone Star State voluntarily.
Unlike today, Mexicans caught in the roundup were not simply released at the border where they could easily reenter the U.S. To discourage their return, Swing arranged for buses and trains to take many aliens deep within Mexico before being set free.
What it boils down to back then, the president saw the problem and acted-- unlike now.
That's my point of view, what's yours?