Today's Illegal Immigration News
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
AZ GOV BREWER SLAMS BOTH PARTIES FOR FAILING TO SECURE THE BORDER
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer said the government’s “abdication of responsibility is the overarching outrage” of America’s illegal immigration crisis at a border-security expo in Phoenix on Tuesday. Gov. Brewer blasted both parties in Washington for failing to secure the U.S.-Mexico border and keep citizens safe. She also called out the Obama administration for distorting the truth falsely claiming that the border is more secure than ever.
In her remarks to law enforcement officers and those working in the border-security industry, Brewer cited the killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry – who was murdered with weapons linked to Obama’s Operation Fast and Furious – as a prime example of the government undermining security along the border.
WE DEPORTED 1.3 MILLION ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS NEARLY 60 YEARS AGO
You don’t hear much from the media or from anyone for that matter about President Dwight Eisenhower and illegal immigration – but you should. Writing for the Examiner, Dave Gibson uses a brief history lesson to put the lack of immigration law enforcement by the current administration into proper context showing how the feds' failure to enforce federal immigration law is a matter of will - not a matter of ability.
On June 17, 1954, under the direction of President Eisenhower, Immigration and Nationalization Service (INS) began a roundup of illegal immigrants for deportation in what became known as “Operation Wetback.” The roundup initially began in California and Arizona but eventually spread to Texas, Utah , Nevada and Idaho. By the end of the next month, more than 50,000 illegal immigrants had been arrested between California and Arizona. In Texas, 80,000 illegal immigrants had been taken into custody in under two months with an estimated 500,000 to 700,000 leaving the state voluntarily or ‘self-deporting.’
Rather than being let go on the other side of the border like we do today, the illegal immigrants were sent back to Mexico on WWII-era army vehicles into the interior of Mexico. They were also ferried back to Mexico by ship from Port Isabel, Texas, to Veracruz, Mexico.
With only 750 federal agents, compared to the reported 20,000 agents we have today, the INS removed 1.3 million illegal immigrants (including those who self-deported) in just three months.
This just goes to show there are NO EXCUSES for today’s failure by the federal government to secure the southern border.