Welcome to the newest edition of The Why. “Why do some politicians claim the US can’t deport illegal aliens?” Good question. (OK, it’s political but it beats answering questions about your more particular personal peccadilloes. Seriously? We thought “The Juanita Special Bean Dip” was something illegal aliens from Mexico once enjoyed in their homeland, mmmkay?)
We understand. Even once you get some politicians to grasp the definition of the word “illegal”, you still end up frustrated. They avoid making people responsible for their actions. Speak in simple, truthful terms about ‘right’ and “wrong’ and “legal” and “illegal” and you’ll have a piñata created in your honor.
So why do some politicians claim the US can’t deport illegal aliens? Perhaps they are not aware it truly is possible. So let’s give them a little history lesson.
According to online sources, Presidents Hoover, Truman, and Eisenhower were able to deport illegal aliens. Back in the 1930s during the Great Depression Hoover “ordered the deportation of all illegal aliens in order to make jobs available to American citizens that desperately needed work.”
Following the end of World War II in 1945 Truman deported more than “two million illegal aliens to create jobs for returning veterans.” (Mind you, several decades ago 2 million was a much more significant figure even if it seems like nothing today.)
Finally, in 1954, Eisenhower “deported 13 million Mexicans” as part of something “called Operation Wetback. It was done so WWII and Korean War veterans would have a better chance at jobs. It took two years, but they deported them!” (Don’t stress the politically-incorrect name. It was 1954 and came about due in part to pressure from the Mexican government to halt illegal entry of Mexican laborers in the US.)
So why do some politicians claim the US can’t deport illegal aliens today? A review of newspapers from the past 25 years offers some information.
Some claim it would cost a lot of money to deport illegal aliens. Does it not cost money to have them here? Of course it does but the statisticians can fight over the numbers.
Some appear to think it’s a more popular move to focus on “fixing the system” rather than worrying about whether or not it is even “running”. Perhaps they think potential voters aren’t smart enough to understand that an automobile, for example, can still be driven (across the border for example) even if the engine is not finely tuned.
Some might not want to go to the trouble of enforcing our existing laws. Money aside, sometimes doing the right thing is neither easy nor popular.
One source believes politicians claim it can’t be done because they have conflicting interests. He says: “Hoover, Truman, and Eisenhower were men of honor, not untrustworthy politicians looking for votes!”
Why do some politicians claim the US can’t deport illegal aliens? Now you know.
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