Thursday, June 28, 2007

How to fix immigration

When someone tells you it can't be done, you have a few options. You can listen to them, and give up. You can try it anyway, and "Damn the torpedoes!" Or, you can do the third thing -- look back and learn from history.

When it comes to that, I opt for the third option.

George W. Bush isn't the first Republican president to face a full-blown immigration crisis on the US-Mexican border.

Fifty-three years ago, when newly elected Dwight Eisenhower moved into the White House, America's southern frontier was as porous as a spaghetti sieve. As many as 3 million illegal migrants had walked and waded northward over a period of several years for jobs in California, Arizona, Texas, and points beyond.

President Eisenhower cut off this illegal traffic. He did it quickly and decisively with only 1,075 United States Border Patrol agents - less than one-tenth of today's force. The operation is still highly praised among veterans of the Border Patrol.
How did he do it? How did he fight the "entrenched bureaucracy," described thus by Dafydd:
Civil Service laws were deliberately constructed to prevent civil servants from being fired, replaced, demoted, promoted, threatened, bullied, or forced to do anything. The best you can do is cajole them, bribe them, or slowly -- over many years -- attrit the worst ones.
He fought them by placing a retired general over the INS, Gen. "Jumpin' Joe" Swing, who moved the long-term and uncooperative civil servants away from open-border supporters in the legislature (such as Lyndon Johnson) thus severing the political ties that prohibited them from doing their jobs. He then swept the country, beginning in California, capturing illegals with a goal rate of 1,000 a day. With 750 agents. They caught 50,000 in about two months in California and Arizona, with an impact factor of roughly ten times that, as many illegals fled.

They then took these illegals and dumped them back in Mexico. Not five feet from the border, where they can come back, but deep in Mexico, by using trains and buses to put them far, far away from us. Tens of thousands were transported by the Emancipation and the Mercurio to Vera Cruz, 500 miles from the border.

And you know what? It worked.

If 750 agents can be the driving force behind deporting nearly one million illegals in three months, then surely our current force of approximately 10,000 can deport 12 million in a year!

So the next time someone talks about how it can't be done, make sure you exercise the best of your three options!