President Dwight D. Eisenhower was never a community organizer. Instead, he was a five-star general in the Army during World War II and was the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe. He had a brilliant military mind and knew how to crush the German Nazis on the battlefield.
But back at home, America’s southern border was even more porous than it is today. Over a few years, 3 million illegal immigrants crossed the border in the early 1950s to work in California, Texas, and Arizona.
And as historians will tell you, Eisenhower handled the situation swiftly and kept America secure:
President Eisenhower cut off this illegal traffic. 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.
Although there is little to no record of this operation in Ike’s official papers, one piece of historic evidence indicates how he felt. In 1951, Ike wrote a letter to Sen. William Fulbright (D) of Arkansas. The senator had just proposed that a special commission be created by Congress to examine unethical conduct by government officials who accepted gifts and favors in exchange for special treatment of private individuals.
General Eisenhower, who was gearing up for his run for the presidency, said “Amen” to Senator Fulbright’s proposal. He then quoted a report in The New York Times, highlighting one paragraph that said: “The rise in illegal border-crossing by Mexican ‘wetbacks’ to a current rate of more than 1,000,000 cases a year has been accompanied by a curious relaxation in ethical standards extending all the way from the farmer-exploiters of this contraband labor to the highest levels of the Federal Government.”
With the help of Gen. Joseph “Jumpin’ Joe” Swing, commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Eisenhower launched a nationwide program to locate illegal immigrants and give them the boot. This is because Eisenhower knew the importance of defending American sovereignty against those which do not respect our laws.
Could you imagine Obama doing this? Of course not, as Obama has created today’s illegal immigration crisis for political purposes.
Do you support deporting illegals, just like Eisenhower did? Please leave us a comment and tell us what you think.