But we've done it before.
In 1954, the federal government implemented "Operation Wet Back." It was a program to move illegals out of the country, either voluntarily or through "enforced removal." If you run Operation Wet Back on Google, you are going to get a lot of left wing hand wringing . It takes most articles four or five paragraphs to get past the name of the endeavor.
The numbers deported are all over the board, because different federal agencies came up with different statistics, and the articles tend to use facts to support the agenda of the writer. But as near as I can tell, the U.S. moved more than 10 million illegals back to Mexico. Again, you can read articles that say it was only a few thousand (written by people who want illegals to be legalized) and the higher numbers come from people who want them out. Take your pick.
During the Great Depression, the federal government deported around 2 million illegal aliens of Mexican nationality. "The Mexican Repatriation Act" provided for the forcible removal of illegal aliens, primarily in the West and Southwest. The logic was that if there were no jobs for Americans, then we didn't need thousands of illegal aliens competing for the few jobs there were. The best source of information on these deportations is NPR, which ran a series of articles not long ago on the subject. Being NPR, the articles try to make the case that deporting illegal aliens is fascist, mean, not nice, etc, etc. If you filter out a lot of the propaganda from NPR, the facts are clear.
- The U.S. didn't have enough jobs for citizens.
- The social services funding consumed by illegals was cutting into the little help available for citizens.
- Crime rates were rising as the economic situation got worse. Illegal immigrants were involved in this phenomenon , particularly in cities like Los Angeles. For a look at one of the more bizarre aspects of that, take a look at the "Zoot Suit " Riots.
Not everything that we have to do to take our country back is "nice." Much of what we have to do to survive is not "warm and fuzzy." But that shouldn't stop us from doing it. Illegal immigration and illegal aliens are a big problem in this country, and have been for a long time.
I've written enough on this blog about the effects of illegal immigration on the North Georgia Mountains. It's been dramatic and negative. All across the country, in places where you would not expect to find illegals, they're firmly rooted. As hard as things are in the U.S.,and as many problems as we have, this is something we can take corrective action on. Donald Trump said he would, and this is one of the reasons I voted for him.