"He did it quickly and decisively with only 1,075 United States Border Patrol
agents - less than one-tenth of today's force. The operation is still highly
praised among veterans of the Border Patrol.
In 1954, Ike appointed retired
Gen. Joseph "Jumpin' Joe" Swing, a former West Point classmate and veteran of
the 101st Airborne, as the new INS commissioner.
Then on June 17, 1954, what
was called "Operation Wetback" began. Because 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, had fled the country.
By mid-July, the crackdown
extended northward into Utah, Nevada, and Idaho, and eastward to Texas.
September, 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.
Mexicans caught in the roundup were not simply released at the border, where
they could easily reenter the US. To discourage their return, Swing arranged for
buses and trains to take many aliens deep within Mexico before being set
Tens of thousands more were put aboard two hired ships, the
Emancipation and the Mercurio. The ships ferried the aliens from Port Isabel,
Texas, to Vera Cruz, Mexico, more than 500 miles south."
Eisenhower evidently did have some opposition, but he knew how to ignore them:
"Influential politicians, including Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson (D) of Texas and
Sen. Pat McCarran (D) of Nevada, favored open borders, and were dead set against
strong border enforcement, Brownell said. But General Swing's close connections
to the president shielded him - and the Border Patrol - from meddling by
powerful political and corporate interests."
Unfortunately, in this generation of the political correctness idols of liberalism, feminism, and hedonism, this plan would indeed be impossible. We must therefore advocate self-deportation through the curtailing of all social services and tough laws against those who employ illegals.