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Letter: Bring Back “Operation Wetback”

Dear Editor, What did Presidents Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower have in common? Something three presidents have done – but no one in either party now has the courage to do. This is something that should be of great interest for you to pass around. I didn’t know…

Dear Editor,

What did Presidents Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower have in common? Something three presidents have done – but no one in either party now has the courage to do.

This is something that should be of great interest for you to pass around. I didn’t know of this until it was pointed out to me. Back during the Great Depression, Herbert Hoover ordered the deportation of ALL illegal aliens in order to make jobs available to American citizens that desperately needed work.

Harry Truman deported over two million illegal aliens after WWII to create jobs for returning veterans. In 1954 Dwight Eisenhower deported 13 million Mexicans. The program was 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!

Now, if they could deport the illegal aliens back then, they could surely do it today. If you have doubts about the veracity of this information, enter Operation Wetback into your favorite search engine and confirm it for yourself. Why, you might ask, can’t they do this today? Actually the answer is quite simple.

Hoover , Truman, and Eisenhower were men of honor, not untrustworthy politicians looking for votes! Reminder: Don’t forget to pay your taxes – 12 to 20 million illegal aliens – are depending on it.

-Denny Knight

SIC SEZ

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Denny, Thanks for your letter. This website opposes the extension of any taxpayer-funded benefit to individuals who are in the country illegally. However we believe strongly in the supporting the ongoing positive impact immigrants have on our economy, and therefore we support the sort of sensible immigration reform championed by the Cato Institute and other pro-free market organizations.

As it relates to your deportation argument, in 1970 there were 760,000 legal and illegal Mexican immigrants in America – a number that soared to more than 11 million by 2004. While this website wholeheartedly endorses deportation for illegal immigrants who commit crimes, the sort of mass deportation you champion is simply no longer feasible.

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50 comments

Bible Thumper April 22, 2014 at 10:13 am

Mr. Knight, Fits
Do you really think that it promotes your cause to use derogatory terms like “wetback”. Hopefully our country has progressed enough that it would never support any immigrant policy that singles out one nationality or ethnic group.
When I Google “Operation Wetback” l find links to a regretful past.

Fits says “deportation you champion is simply no longer feasible.” It’s also not ethical and for you not to recognize the bigotry of this letter is either and over site or revealing of your own attitude.

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Squishy123 April 22, 2014 at 10:29 am

Are you upset at the term wetback or the fact that you’re now going to have to pay someone more than $2.00/hr. to do your yardwork? When resources such as medical facilities and public schools are overwhelmed because of illegals using them and causing legal citizens to wait or fork over more money to support them then there is a legitimate issue. Why should public schools be forced to hire translators because the illegal children (and their parents) can’t understand English and end up slowing the whole class down with, “kay???”. Maybe with Obamacare they’ll start paying for their own medical services… yeah right.

The numbers speak for themselves, we’re not supporting singling out one nationality, but when a whole nation moves in then it’s time to do something. Are there any people besides the drug cartel left in Mexico?

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aikencounty April 22, 2014 at 10:50 am

I don’t know about you , but I PERSONALLY know dozens of tradesmen( carpenters,painters,roofers,masons,concrete finishers, and the list goes on and on) who can no longer make a DECENT living. All because of the BLOOD SUCKING CONTRACTORS who employ all these ellegals.
Why not enforce the federal law of 1947 mandating IMPRISONMENT for the people employing these illegals?
Lou Dobbs has always said, “if we dry up the sources of employment, the illegals will “!SELF DEPORT

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Bible Thumper April 22, 2014 at 11:13 am

Why not enforce the federal law of 1947 mandating IMPRISONMENT for the people employing these illegals?
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I’m all for it. I would add imprisonment for renting, leasing and selling property. That would put a white face on the illegal immigration problem.

You’ll never get the support of a majority of Americans if the policy is bigoted. Same policy for Canadian as for Mexican.

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Smirks April 22, 2014 at 11:51 am

All because of the BLOOD SUCKING CONTRACTORS who employ all these ellegals.

I’m glad someone is blaming the right people for “They terk err jerbs!”

There’s no need to imprison or deport anyone, unless they are actually being a nuisance or criminal. They come here for opportunity, and there are a number of people who are more than willing to give it to them because it means more money in their wallet. Paying illegal immigrants less than minimum wage for unskilled, hard, and/or dangerous labor to pull a bigger profit, that’s no different than shipping jobs to China or some third world country because it cuts costs (and quality, but who gives a damn) so that more money stays in the pockets of a few.

It really isn’t that Americans don’t want these jobs, either, it is just that most Americans refuse to work shitty jobs for shit pay, because it isn’t economically feasible for most folks, not without great sacrifices to stretch the money out.

But it becomes a vicious cycle. We love cheap stuff, so the cheaper the better. Anyone who can cut labor costs gains the upper hand, even if it is done by terrible means, so to compete, others have to as well. This results in few to no jobs available for Americans in various fields because they can’t live on slave wages in what could be considered slave conditions (the fact that many illegal immigrants live in overcrowded houses, forgo “luxuries” most of us take for granted, and share expenses to get by). The only reason illegal immigrants do this is because (1) it’s better than what they had back home, and (2) they likely have people at home counting on them sending money back to them. I’m sure a lot of us would do the same being in their shoes, I know I would if it was the only thing I could do to feed my family.

We hear the same arguments with raising the minimum wage. “I don’t want to pay more for a hamburger just so some jackass can make more money.” Saving a dime means a lot more to most than saving someone else’s livelihood, whether it is the persons who profit from it, or those who pay money for it, whether it is a service or a good. C.R.E.A.M., after all. This is just one of many reasons that the “free market” doesn’t always put the best interests of society on the front burner.

Meh, I’m ranting now. Just go and spend money on cheap Chinese-made products, sold at a store that’s mopped and stocked by illegal immigrants, because it’s 50 cents cheaper. Consume! Consume! Consume!

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aikencounty April 22, 2014 at 1:29 pm

I don’t set foot in Wal-Mart or SAMS.
The people at Costco know us by our first namesthough.

The Majority Is Pissed Off April 22, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Go by the new Darla Moore School of Business and asked to see the supervisor for the roofing contractor. Ask him how many non-English speaking Hispanics that he has working for him. Then ask them if they are actual employees that he deducts taxes and social security from their paychecks. If he tells you the truth, you will be surprised. Its how they circumvent the law. BTW, the contractor is from North Carolina ( a sanctuary state for illegal aliens ). The general contractor is B.L. Harbert out of Alabama. They, along with the construction management team employed by USA both know about these illegals aliens. They will deny that they do. But that would be bold faced lie.

The Majority Is Pissed Off April 22, 2014 at 5:42 pm

BTW … The illegals on the Darla Moore project installed the entire roof on this new building wrong and in an unacceptable manner. They are in the process of removing all of the roofing material that was completed, and installing new materials the “correct” way. Needless to say, the North Carolina roofing contractor will likely have to file bankruptcy.

aikencounty April 22, 2014 at 8:27 pm

If the average “hater” who defiles AMERICAN tradesman only knew the 1099 scam being run by these SCUM BAG contractors, there would be public floggings!
Call every illegal employee an “independent contractor’, put all the money on the check, without NO federal ,state, or FICA taxes, save the 7 1/2 % FICA tax the contractor doesn’t pay.
Then wait and see if the illegal declares income, pays federal and state tax, plus BOTH sides of the FICA tax.
Then get back to me!

Inciteful April 23, 2014 at 7:42 am

Smirks, stop calling them “immigrants”. A primer may be in order:
1. “Immigrant” is someone who has been or is going through
the legal process of changing national citizenship.
2.” Alien” is some from somewhere else.
3. “legal” (n) is someone following the law.
4. “Illegal” (n) is someone NOT following the law.
Therefore:
“Legal Immigrant” is a redundancy.
“Illegal Immigrant” is an oxymoron.
“Legal Alien” is an immigrant. and
“Illegal Alien” is what you’re really talking about.
I happen to be a proud “Legal Alien” (aka, “immigrant”) who is offended when those who break the law are elevated to implied legal status via a misuse of language, i.e., they are NOT “immigrants” of any sort.
BTW Smirks, I enjoy your posts,

Querulous April 22, 2014 at 11:06 am

I paid my Hispanic young man and his “friend” $10.00/hour each to do yard work once a week. Usually totaled $100 – $120 a week (3 acres) . They also did yard work at 4 other homes that I know of — but, when the weather warmed up, they quit and took a job painting houses (mostly inside) for $7.50/hour. Go figure…. and, no – I don’t know if they reported their income.

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southmauldin April 22, 2014 at 11:14 am

Are you in Columbia? Can I borrow them? I can’t find anyone in the city to help me in the yard for $10 an hour. Hell, I’ll do most of the work. When I was in high school, I used to cut everybody’s grass and do their errands for around $4 an hour (1985), which would translate to roughly $8.78 an hour. The bigger problem is, now teenagers are too damn lazy to work for even $10 an hour. They would rather play video games or sit on their ass.

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Querulous April 22, 2014 at 11:34 am

Yes. I have not seen nor heard from them in a year.

I go back so far (a teen in the mid-1940s) that I did it for 50 cents/hour, and thought I was REALLY making money.

I agree on the lazy bit with most of today’s teens, I can’t even bribe my grandsons at any price.

BTW – from some of your old posts, you may know some info about the old community of Chandler (now apparently long gone) near the Laurens/Greenville county line on US 25. So? If so, some method of contact?

aikencounty April 22, 2014 at 2:50 pm

How far from Princeton ?
I grew up in Lebanon Community, extreme southern tip of Greenville county, on the banks of the Reedy.

Querulous April 22, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Apparently near Ware Place, and near a small Presbyterian Church near the county line on US 25. My great-grandfather taught at Mt Gallagher School near there in the 1880s. Mainly looking for either a “Chandler School” or a “Chandler’s Store” — all may be gone and redeveloped now. Probably around 10 miles. THANKS.

aikencounty April 22, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Way before my time.
The Chandler family pretty much owned Ware Place, Esso gas station, well drilling rig, large grocery store,skating rink, and restuarant.
There is a church on west side of 25 about half way between Ware Place and Princeton.

Smirks April 22, 2014 at 11:59 am

They would rather play video games or sit on their ass.

It usually helps if mommy and daddy don’t pay them an allowance to sit on their ass and play video games once they’re old enough to get a job.

Squishy123 April 22, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Were they illegals? If not, then no problem.

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Querulous April 22, 2014 at 2:06 pm

I think there one one of each…

Smirks April 22, 2014 at 11:28 am

I suppose it is better than what we did with the Japanese, placing them into internment camps.

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CorruptionInColumbia April 22, 2014 at 11:51 am

Absolutely! Repatriating them to their homeland does not deprive them of freedoms they enjoyed when they lived there. They had no business coming here, in violation of our laws to begin with, so there is no shame in sending them back home.

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CorruptionInColumbia April 22, 2014 at 11:01 am

Too bad our politicians have learned rather than to look upon the masses of illegal invaders as the burden they are, to look upon them as potential votes for their party, be it Democrat or Republican. Treason transcends party lines.

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Rocky April 22, 2014 at 11:37 am

I love the Self Deport model. As Americans what we want to do is isolate an ethnic group, and actively (with support from the government) discriminate against them and force them into poverty on the hopes they will leave. Sort of like the first round of efforts against another ethnic group in central Europe in the early 1930s that forced them into ghettos. When they didn’t self deport fast enough, the “majority” elected to up the ante with gas chambers and concentration camps. Is that who we must become? And what is the most alarming – one of the two major parties in the US actually advocated that position in the last Presidential election – and then wondered “how come we lost?”

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Bible Thumper April 22, 2014 at 11:52 am

“Godwin’s law” Jews were citizens. Illegals are not an ethnic group. No one supports genocide. Republicans have supported humane reform and legal immigration.
McCain, Bush, Romney and Graham

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Rocky April 22, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Mitt’s stated policy for Humane Reform – spouted at the SC debate leading up to the “first in the South” debacle specifically was to make life so difficult on “illegals” they would self deport. Since 95% of undocumented aliens are from Latin America – how is that not targeting an ethnic group. Again – if that’s what America is supposed to stand for……
As for McCain, Graham, Flake Gang of Three (because pretty boy Richardo jumped ship in fear) – great bill. Then why can’t the GOP controlled House pass it? I mean what’s the problem. They have the votes. Heck, Nancy will even belly up about 185 extra ones to get it passed and down the street for signature.

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shopnnut September 1, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Exactly what part of ILLEGAL are you having a hard time understanding?! You can make it a “race” or “ethnic” issue all you want but you are disillusioned. ANYONE living in this country ILLEGALLY, needs to go. Do it right, or go home. I don’t think anyone has any problems with IMMIGRANTS but the squatters need to go back where they came from. They don’t even WANT to assimilate to the American way, they simply want what we have to GIVE. Tell me this, how many illegals have you taken into your home to support? If you want them here, you can pack their communal families and their 42 children in YOUR home and dole out the funds to provide for them.

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Mark Petereit April 22, 2014 at 11:49 am

The solution seems simple to me: repeal all state and federal minimum wage laws. When people are free to legally pay American citizens the market rate for unskilled labor, the risk of employing illegal aliens exceeds the benefit of the cost savings. When the demand for illegals suddenly disappears, so will the illegals.

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Smirks April 22, 2014 at 11:56 am

The solution seems simple to me: repeal all state and federal minimum wage laws.

Finally, we can all compete for the shit wages illegal immigrants take! Woo! Less money!

I can’t wait to raise a family and pay the bills on $4/hour! I wonder if I’ll break 80 hours a week to do it!

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Mark Petereit April 22, 2014 at 12:18 pm

#1 Illegals don’t seem to have any problem raising their families earning below-the-minimum wages. And Western Union makes a killing sending all of their EXCESS money back to Mexico.

#2 If you’re past 20-years-old and you don’t have enough skill, experience or intelligence to land yourself a job that pays better than minimum wage, you probably shouldn’t breed.

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aikencounty April 22, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Most illegals pay NO TAXES!

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Mark Petereit April 22, 2014 at 2:50 pm

The ever-hypothetical “person raising a family on minimum wage” would receive far, FAR more back in Earned Income Credit than they would ever pay in taxes.

vicupstate April 22, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Their ‘families’ are in Mexico, where a US dollar will buy a couple month’s food. How would that apply to someone in the US making minimum wage or even less?

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Centrist View April 22, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Illegal Immigration around the World: 13 Countries Compared to the United States
http://immigration.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=005235
[Excerpt]
We have gathered data on illegal immigration in Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom and the United States. We included all of the countries we could find with at least three years of illegal immigration data between 2000 and 2010.

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Centrist View April 22, 2014 at 12:32 pm

10 States (and DC) That Allow Driver’s Licenses for People in the Country Illegally

http://immigration.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=005535
[Excerpt]
Immigrants in the country illegally cannot produce the necessary
documents (like a social security card) to obtain a driver’s license
under state laws. Beginning in 1993 with Washington state, 10 states and
DC have changed their laws to allow immigrants in the country illegally
to obtain driver’s licenses. Those states hope to encourage unlicensed
drivers to pass the driver’s license test and obtain car insurance.

Immigrants under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA), a
June 15, 2012 memo signed by President Obama, are legally authorized by
the federal government to stay and work in the United States. Some
states, not included on this list, have specific laws allowing DACA
immigrants to obtain a driver’s license. Two states, Arizona and
Nebraska, deny driver’s licenses to DACA immigrants via executive orders
of their governors.

Some city governments, including San Francisco, CA, New Haven,
CT, and Asbury Park, NJ, issue photo identification cards to residents
who are in the country illegally. These ID cards cannot be used as
driver’s licenses.

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Rocky April 22, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Pedro sez’ – we waitin’ for u to cum an get us. We jez 30 minutos north de Florence.

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The Majority Is Pissed Off April 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm

There are over one thousand illegal aliens working in the Columbia, South Carolina area. Dozens of them are installing drywall and roofing at USC’s new Darla Moore School of Business. The way construction contractors get around the law with hiring these illegals is, they hire them as “sub contractors” and merely issue them a 1099 for taxes that they are suppose to pay. Why is South Carolina’s new illegal alien law NOT being enforced by the responsible agency (SCLLR) that is mandated to do just that? Why is this allowed – by our own state entities – to go on for almost two years on this construction project????? Why are these construction contractors NOT punished????? The law is clear. ENFORCE IT!! That’s the whole problem with these worthless pissants we have working for us. They refuse to OBEY and FOLLOW the laws made by OUR representatives. And quite frankly, most everyone is SICK and TIRED of these worthless government fucktards and their factory patent excuses. Its time to cut their heads off. Enough of them. We The People must declare war on them – and the ILLEGALS – NOW!

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Rocky April 22, 2014 at 5:42 pm

I know someone who’s a Legal Resident Alien – legal but not a citizen – and under the Affordable Care Act – over 65 and legal resident alien – bam – you qualify for Medicaid. Does that just steam your shorts? I hope so. I fully support it.

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You Look Stupid April 22, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Note me. Because if they are working legally in the USA, then most likely they are paying taxes. Go read the immigration laws before you make yourself look stupid.

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Soft Sigh from Hell April 22, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Expect a SC governmental agency to act against businessmen? Surely you jest.

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anonymous April 22, 2014 at 6:06 pm

A US Border Patrol Agent catches an illegal alien in the bushes right by the border fence, he pulls him out and says “Sorry, you know the law, you’ve got to go back across the border right now.”

The mexican man pleads with them, “No, noooo Senior, I must stay in de USA! Pleeeze!”

The Border Patrol Agent thinks to himself, I’m going to make it hard for him and says “Ok, I’ll let you stay if you can use 3 english words in a sentence”.

The Mexican man of course agrees.

The Border Patrol Agent tells him, “The 3 words are: Green, Pink and Yellow. Now use them in 1 sentence.”

The Mexican man thinks really hard for about 2 minutes, then says, “Hmmm, Ok. The phone, it went Green, Green, Green, I Pink it up and sez Yellow?”

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anonymous April 22, 2014 at 6:19 pm

South Carolinians don’t know anything about wetbacks, talk to people from Texas, Arizona, and California.

Uh ….uh … uh …border states …. Uh ….uh … uh …border states …. South Carolinians are a bunch of pussys

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Wisdom Comes With Age April 23, 2014 at 12:40 am

Mass deportation is quite possible. To say it is not, merely shows total ignorance.

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Inciteful April 23, 2014 at 7:31 am

What’s wrong with you? Don’t you know that all our border security fire power is too busy collecting grazing fees to guard the border? We have priorities, you know.

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JJEvans April 23, 2014 at 9:28 am

+100

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Dennis Zellaha June 18, 2014 at 2:59 pm

It’s the will of the people vs the will of the government.

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roxannesays July 4, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Why is it “no longer feasible?” Nonsense. That is an excuse for Liberals/Progressives to use. It could be done much easier today than it could have been back then – transportation is better. Military on the border supervising the return would work well.

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Truth Squad August 12, 2014 at 6:48 pm

I don’t know if “Denny Knight” is a real person or a pseudonym, but if he’s real that makes two accurate words about Hoover and Truman in this goofy letter–unless you count the fact that Herbert Hoover and Harry Truman were actually once U.S. presidents. Neither ever ordered mass deportations. Under Dwight Eisenhower, “Operation Wetback” did take place, but closer to 2 million people left or were deported (not 13 million) almost all of them from Mexico, many of whom later returned.

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Rose Marie Sandlin August 31, 2014 at 7:42 pm

BEST POLICY YET TIME AMERICANS ARE PUT FIRST.

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catfood September 1, 2014 at 1:10 pm

This country has over a million school buses , of course we could deport them very quickly ,

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OrangeMonkey November 18, 2014 at 9:10 pm

“In 1954 Dwight Eisenhower deported 13 million Mexicans”

“As it relates to your deportation
argument, in 1970 there were 760,000 legal and illegal Mexican
immigrants in America – a number that soared to more than 11 million by
2004. While this website wholeheartedly endorses deportation for illegal
immigrants who commit crimes, the sort of mass deportation you champion
is simply no longer feasible.”

Did I miss something?

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