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Old 02 June 2009, 05:49 PM
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Old 03 June 2009, 01:03 AM
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Originally Posted by snopes View Post
Now ... if they could deport the illegal's back then - they could sure do it
So, they discuss three different deportation efforts but apparently didn't notice that deportation has yet to be a permanent solution? Genius.

Punctuation snark: how do you just deport an illegal immigrant's back? And why?
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Old 03 June 2009, 01:36 AM
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And then again in 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower deported 13 million
Mexican Nationals!
It is difficult to estimate the number of illegal aliens forced to leave by the operation. The INS claimed as many as 1,300,000, though the number officially apprehended did not come anywhere near this total. The INS estimate rested on the claim that most aliens, fearing apprehension by the government, had voluntarily repatriated themselves before and during the operation. The San Antonio district, which included all of Texas outside of El Paso and the Trans-Pecos,qv had officially apprehended slightly more than 80,000 aliens, and local INS officials claimed that an additional 500,000 to 700,000 had fled to Mexico before the campaign began. Many commentators have considered these figure to be exaggerated.
The program was called 'Operation Wetback'. It was done so WWII and Korean Veterans would have a better chance at jobs.
According to the link above it seems to have been done over depressed wages rather than unemployment.
It took 2 Years, but they deported them!
The program lasted a few months.
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Old 03 June 2009, 05:44 AM
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The problem isn't that joblessness is stemming from illegal aliens taking away jobs (much less jobs that pay a livable wage and possess any sort of benefits), it's that such jobs are being offshored to other countries.

If there is a problem with Mexicans doing manufacturing jobs that Americans used to do, it isn't because Mexicans crossed the border illegally - it's because companies shipped their factories to Mexico where they can pay people less and environmental and labor standards are less stringent. It's the fault of the companies, not the people.

But people who get wrapped up in xenophobia tend to ignore that, since they are more interested in rationalizing their racism than any actual concern about the well being of American workers.

(leading to a great political irony as it regards immigration - Democrats tend to be stricter about border enforcement, but play it down for fear of looking anti-immigrant, Republicans play up the rhetoric for the [thinly veiled bigotry] of a part the base, while looking the other way as many big donors can save lots of money by hiring illegally).
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