What the left doesn’t get about deportation

By Brent Smith

A few days ago I read an article on the lefty website The Nation. Yes, I know what you’re thinking, but it’s good to keep up with what the enemy is thinking from time to time. And believe you me – today’s left is our enemy.

The article was entitled, “How Many Presidents Does It Take to Deport 11 Million People?”

I thought, gee, whatever can this be about? Leftist rag plus illegal aliens – couldn’t have anything to do with the Trump and Cruz proposals to deport all illegals, can it? Well, son of a gun – lucky guess, because, sure enough, the subtitle said it all: “There’s nothing realistic about the deportation fantasies of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. But that doesn’t make them any less terrifying.”

The writer, Tanya Golash-Boza, begins by decrying this current election cycle as “a blistering season of demagoguery, nativism, and outright racism,” for both candidates to wish to deport all 11 million “undocumented migrants.”

At the start of her column (I assume she is a her and not some form of transgendered hybrid), Boza claims to have done actual research on deportations. I find this curious as she claims, “The highest number of people ever deported from the United States in a given year is 237,941. That was the number of ‘interior removals’ reported by the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in 2009.”

She adds: “Before 1995, there were never more than 50,000 total removals (including people caught crossing the border). Only in 2003 were figures for interior and border removals reported separately, at which time there were 30,000 interior removals.”

Throughout the entire rather lengthy and supposedly “well-researched” article, there is not a single mention of America’s No. 1 success story regarding deportation – that of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Maybe Tanya’s search engine didn’t go back to the year 1954, or I suppose it is possible that she has a search filter that won’t allow her to access micro-aggressive words like “wetback.”

In fact it was Eisenhower, who in 1954 began a deportation program called “Operation Wetback,” which successfully deported virtually all 3 million illegal Mexicans living in the United States. And by the way, he did it without 21st century technology and massive numbers of agents. In fact, “Operation Wetback” employed only a little over 1,000 men.

I wrote about it a couple of years ago.

There is also not a word in her post dedicated to the phenomena known as self-deportation – one Ike knew very well, but evidently escapes Tanya and the rest of the left.

The left (purposely, I’m sure) never factors in the dynamic effects of deportation – a cause and effect. Everything is scored statically, never taking into account the dynamism of the market. It’s the same way they attempt to hold on to every government program or costly regulation. It will always cost too much to halt the program; there’s the old tried and true, “How will you pay for that cut?” To them it is always a zero-sum game.

But, as I stated, Eisenhower understood full well the dynamic effect of deportation. The first step is to let the country know you are serious. The next step is to demonstrate your resolve with direct deportations. When illegals catch wind that the authorities are not just “talking the talk” but “walking the walk,” they begin to self-deport, which is what happened under Ike. He had to deport only a fraction of those who fled our country. The overwhelming majority left on the own.

I believe the left knows all too well what will again happen if a president decided to get serious about deporting illegals residing here, if he began to actually uphold the laws he is charged to enforce. They know full well that illegals will self-deport, which will cause their fantasy of “it’s just not possible” to crumble before all of America. This is what the left is really afraid of. That and the fact they would lose millions of potential voters.

So, to answer Ms. Boza’s question – it takes only one president to deport 11 million illegal aliens.

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