By Roni Freels – Guest Writer
What has happened to the stamina and economic concerns in America? Our economy has taken a drastic nose dive, jobs are falling by the wayside, and families are losing their homes to foreclosure. The hard time we are suffering at present is the worse since the Great Depression. Many have stopped looking for jobs since they are scarce. The unemployment checks are dwindling away leaving many Americans without any income, and those who receive the checks soon discover the checks do not meet their obligations. What are we to do?? We are the strongest people in the world. We are Americans and we will survive this test of turbulent times.
It amazes me that there are still jobs for people who perhaps are not American’s. The road construction crews and those working in the farmers fields seem to be Hispanic. Realizing that in order to survive these men must also work; however, I have a problem with the entire road crew and all the workers in the fields being Hispanic. This is not Mexico, though while visiting a certain store front in Zebulon recently, I swore I had taken a wrong turn and ended up in Tijuana.
Our lack of concern is the primary reason our country is in the unemployment, financial distress we experience today. Have we as Americans simply given up? We cannot give in to the wiles of a government that does not consider our best interest.
Our country, The United States of America, once held the highest esteem among all other nations. Immigrants from around the world came to assist in building this fine country. They came into America with hope for a better life for themselves and their families. They worked alongside the American citizens, becoming citizens themselves and learned to speak the dominate language…ENGLISH.
During the Great Depression, a program was implemented to rid our country of illegal Mexicans. The program, known as the Mexican Repatriation put pressure on the illegal’s to return to their country due to the economic difficulties in the United States. The program worked well, as thousands returned to Mexico.
In 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower had the fortitude to put in place a program which he labeled, “Operation Wetback.” He named the program such in reference to the illegal’s that swam the Rio Grande to gain entrance into the U.S. California and Arizona were the trial states for the program since they appeared to have the largest communities of illegal Mexicans. 1075 Border Patrol Agents, plus local and State Police Officers were hired to begin the crackdown.
Police Officers made sweeps of Mexican American communities and set up random ID checks of Hispanic appearing individuals. In many instances, illegal immigrants were deported. Anchor babies, wives and entire families were asked to leave our country. Arguments concerning the 14th amendment arose regarding the “Anchor babies.” Political affiliates claimed the babies to be American born citizens and could not be forced to leave the country. Their arguments held no ground since the parents of the American born baby happened to be in the country illegally.
750 appointed agents surveyed Agriculture areas in the two states. The agents goals were set to “catch” at least 1,000 illegal’s per day. In July over 50,000 were apprehended and 488,000 left the country voluntarily returning to Mexico.
By September over 80,000 were taken into custody in Texas when the INS, (United States Immigration and Naturalization Service) moved the program into the Texas area. From the state of Texas alone 500,000 to 700,000 illegal’s left on their own accord for fear of being apprehended by the officials. To discourage re-entry back into the states, buses and trains were utilized to take the illegals deep into the Mexican territory before releasing them. Thousands were carried back to their country aboard chartered ships, The Emancipation and the Mercurio. The ships departed Port Isabel, Texas and journeyed to Vera Cruz, Mexico 500 miles deep into the country. Some of the illegals were taken as far as 1,000 miles away from the American border. However, after seven-illegal’s jumped over board and drowned, deportation by sea was ended. The drowning provoked a Mutiny and a public outcry in Mexico.
When Eisenhower was preparing to run for President, he gave a quote to the New York Times. He said, “The rise in illegal border crossing by Mexican “wetbacks” to a current rate of 100,000 per year has been accompanied by a curious relaxation in ethical standards extending all the way from the farmer-exploiters of contraband labor, to the highest levels of the Federal Government.”
Eisenhower was concerned about the profits from illegal labor, which led to total corruption. Some of the ranchers and farmers had friends among the U.S. Senior Officials who were overseeing Immigration Enforcement, which led to non-arrest on illegal workers.
Walt Edwards joined the Border Patrol in 1951; he said when they caught illegals on farms or ranches, the ranchers called their political connections in El Paso to coheres political intervention. “That is how we got in this mess we are in.” Edwards said. However, under the Presidency of Dwight Eisenhower, the system of “protection” changed. It lasted for nearly 10- years.
Lyndon Johnson a Democrat from Texas, and Pat McCarran, a Democrat from Nevada were both against the established border enforcement. Mr. Johnson; then a Senator, had a great deal of political influence. Therefore, under the observation of “Jumping Joe” Swing, President Eisenhower’s newly commissioned officer of the INS, shipped the Border Control Officials who were under Johnson’s control to other parts of the country. Eisenhower said Swing meant business in regard to taking care of our borders, protecting the economy, and ridding our country of illegal criminals.
In 1954; Eisenhower announced that under the direction of his friend and College colleague, the campaign Operation “Wetback” was successful in securing our borders. Neither before nor after Eisenhower has any other US President proven the fortitude or the success Mr. Eisenhower attained. Under his program, illegal immigration dropped 95 percent.
In this present time, it is accurate to say that we have more than the handful of agents amounting to 1076 which was hired to oversee the operation. That being the case, one may ask the question why our illegal immigration has grown to the staggering number it is today. Our Security Force claims to be much stronger than in the 1950”s, so why the fiasco? Could it possibly be the limitations on the border security by our Presidents that hinders them from making arrest?
Instead of the “Catch-Release tactics, why not resort to the Eisenhower method and take them deeper into the country instead of dropping them at the border. It is apparent that once they are dropped at the border, they change names and return to the United States.
Today, our “acting” President is implementing a new Amnesty Law. If the law passes, all the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants will become legal American citizens. There are twenty-million plus illegal’s in our country, who we as taxpayers have fed, clothed and given medical care to for decades. The scenario will continue, even though our country is struggling and the system is broken, the American worker is slighted while the illegal Mexican prepares to take over our country.
In my former profession I traveled to the border cities in Texas and Arizona. More times than I care to recall have I heard Mexicans make the remark, “We’re coming to take our country back.” Were they blowing in the wind when they said that? If you think so, look at the number of illegal’s in Johnston County? They have no interest in speaking our language or accepting our way of life. Instead, we as Americans are suppose to reach out and lend a helping hand, succumb to their way of life and accept them just as they are. Unfortunately, we have sat back and allowed this to happen. We became lazy and uninterested in what was going on outside our comfort zone. Due to our unconcern, our comfort zone is now in jeopardy.
For our elected officials to give a standing ovation to the Mexican President while he belittled our country gives us an idea of just how unconcerned we have truly become. It is nothing short of ludicrous.
Since here of late the Media has focused on Mr. Obama’s Social Security card and his legal birth certification, of which he has paid out over 7-million dollars to protect from the public, perhaps he, along with the other illegal’s will benefit from his amnesty law.