Immigration has indeed been a problem over the years [UPDATED]Published 9:31am Friday, July 19, 2013 Updated 11:37am Friday, July 19, 2013
Mandy, oh Mandy, what a lot of errors you have written.
In the early 30′s there was a “repatriation” campaign in some cities and counties such as Los Angeles and Detroit. About one million Mexicans were returned to Mexico and likely a significant number of American-born dependents, as well as others who were here legally.
Such was the tempo of the times that if you “looked” Mexican in public places you could be arrested.
The motivating force for this was local rather than national, but Hoover was president so I guess he could be blamed.
On President Truman, nada, zip.
From 1946-1952, less than 1.5 million entered most from European countries fleeing the aftermath of WW 2 According to Politico, “it isn’t credible that an even larger number could have been deported during that time”
Under President Eisenhower “operation wetback” was real, but 13 million deported is wildly high.
Do you have any idea of the logistics to move 13 million people in the two years 1953-1954?
Hitler was swamped moving six million around over a period of six years.
At the beginning of World War II, there was a shortage of home-front workers so the federal government initiated the Bracero program which brought Mexican workers in to fill jobs that otherwise would not have been filled.
However, and here is the rub: the government looked the other way when companies brought in their own illegal Mexican workers. Enter “operation wetback” to round up company illegals and others that came in outside of the Bracero program. “Operation Wetback” took place from 1953-1954. Official federal statistics show 150,000 illegals and about 3.9 million “voluntary departures,” those who left one step ahead of the authorities, but it was never 13 million over two years
So you could blame Hoover, flat wrong on Truman and wildly exaggerated under Eisenhower.
Please do read some immigration history. Hatred abounds (enough to warm the cockles of your heart) for the Irish, the Germans, the Chinese, the Japanese, the Hispanic, and of course, the Black immigrants, not to mention the Poles, the Czechs, the Romanians, etc., etc. There is no end to the unpleasantness we can dump on those not “us.”