Deportation

Trump Does Not Need Alligators in Moats for a Draconian Anti-Immigration Crackdown—He's Already Outdoing Ike's Harsh 'Operation Wetback'

Trump admires one of the darkest chapters in America's deportation history.

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President Donald Trump has denied a New York Times report that he fantasized about building an electrified wall with spikes that "pierce the human flesh" surrounded by a snake- and alligator-filled moat. He is also disputing that he suggested shooting migrants in the legs to slow them down—a part of the story that ABC News separately confirmed. Of course, he is on the record advocating lethal force (not just maiming) against rock-throwing migrants.

He doesn't deny that he wants to get a whole lot tougher on immigration. And he doesn't deny that he fired Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who deployed tear gas against the approaching Central American migrants and defended separating children from migrant parents, after she balked at some of his other demands.

At this stage, Trump has already exceeded the harshness even of President Dwight Eisenhower's Operation Wetback, one of the most draconian deportation programs in this country's history—a policy that Trump for years has espoused as a "humane" and successful model.

From 1942 to 1947 the U.S. government barred Texas farmers from using the bracero guest worker program, which allowed farmers elsewhere in the country to legally hire Mexican help. That meant that the Lone Star state faced labor shortages just when its agriculture industry was expanding, thanks to the rise of large-scale farming. Predictably, thousands of Mexican workers started swimming across the Rio Grande to avoid border agents, arriving all wet into the eager arms of Texan farmers. Even after Texas was allowed into the program, the restrictions were still onerous, so there was still an incentive to hire illegally.

This upset the Mexican government, which didn't like losing too many able-bodied Mexican men to better-paying gringos. Meanwhile, American labor unions did not like to see their members' wages undercut by unauthorized Mexicans. And nativists opposed the immigrants just because they were brown. Even some churches and progressive social groups jumped on the enforcement bandwagon, thinking this would rescue the immigrants from exploitative employers. The Teamsters exploited Cold War worries to whip up fears that "more than 100 Communists a day" were flooding the country from the unregulated Mexican border, just like President Trump has been baselessly claiming that terrorists are streaming over America's southern border.

So successful was the campaign to vilify unauthorized immigrants that the University of Chicago's Louis Leal, who was also chairman of the Mexican American Council of Chicago, declared: "One of problems is that of wetbacks coming to Chicago."

Eisenhower was ordinarily a champion of civil rights, and he was actually quite generous to refugees, at least of the white European variety. But facing mounting public pressure, he listened to Border Patrol chief Harlon B. Carter—a convicted murderer—and in 1954 he asked Attorney General Herbert Brownell to ramp up immigration enforcement. The result was Operation Wetback.

Carter had previously tried to deploy the National Guard in rounding up and ejecting immigrants. But it was illegal to use the military to enforce domestic laws—so when Brownell launched Operation Wetback, he instead just appointed a general to run the program using military tactics. Jeeps and planes would swoop in on farms and factories and round up all the brown-skinned folks on the premises, even if they were there legally. Some of them were sent into detention camps pending deportation, just like now. The conditions in these camps were abysmal, and many of the detainees died while being held. In one particularly gruesome incident, 88 Mexicans died of a heat stroke as result of a roundup that occurred while it was 112°. Those who survived were subjected to all kinds of indignities, such as having their heads shaved to make it easier to spot them if they tried to re-enter anytime soon.

Some migrants were airlifted to the Mexican interior. (About three planeloads were flown out of Chicago alone every week.) But as historian Mae M. Ngai has documented, about a quarter were herded into cargo ships—which a later congressional investigation compared to 18th century slave ships and "penal hell ships"—at Port Isabel, Texas, and taken way south in Mexico, so that it would be harder for them to return.

Mercifully, the program was shut down after only a few months. General revulsion at its inhumane tactics sapped support, and Congress refused to renew funding.

Trump and other anti-immigration hardliners sometimes claim that Operation Wetback solved the illegal immigration problem by deporting over 1.3 million Mexicans and putting the fear of God in future illegal migrants. But actually what solved the problem wasn't Ike's crackdown—it's the fact that he reformed and expanded the bracero program, allowing migrants to legally enter the country. President Lyndon Johnson ended that program about a decade later, once again sowing the seeds for unauthorized immigration whose fruits we are witnessing today.

Eisenhower created so much havoc over a few months with only 1,000 border patrol agents. Trump has close to 20,000 agents, about 16,000 on the southern border. He does not need alligators in moats to outdo even the damage done by Operation Wetback.

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  1. Read or not read.

    What to do, what to do.

    I think I’ll read it on the potty.

    1. Okay.

      WRT Operation Wetback. It seems Congress has been failing to effectively address immigration reform for a very long time.

      I wonder why Congress is failing so dismally yet again? It’s almost like they don’t want to address the problem.

      1. I think there are many in Congress willing to address immigration, but want it done in a comprehensive way. The Trump Administration seems to only want ways to legitimize its bullying tactics. So they will support buying alligators, but not addressing why people are fleeing some central American countries.

        1. If only we sent billions of dollars to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras the problem would be solved! Think of the graft. Oops, I mean think of the children!

          1. I say get value for your money and putting some money into these distressed countries is better than buying alligators. Let’s just take some of the government money going to Trump golf course in Ireland and Scotland and send that to central America. Its being lost to graft now so it will not be any different.

            1. Wait you seriously believe that sending money to Central America will solve the problem? I was kidding.

              1. Gators would be a better investment

        2. “I think there are many in Congress willing to address immigration, but want it done in a comprehensive way.”

          Democrats always demand amnesty first and enforcement later and that is a non-starter given how often they’ve broken that pledge.

          “So they will support buying alligators, but not addressing why people are fleeing some central American countries.”

          How is it OUR concern? El Salvador being a shit heap does not mean we have to intervene or take in their people.

          And he is quite aware why they flee. Remember the heat he got for his alleged “shithole” countries remark?

        3. WHY they are coming is NOT our problem to examine orsolve.

          THAT they are coming is.. and IF they want to come, great.. there are pathways laid out in federal law providing the means for them to get here.

          WHAT is the basis for your claim that Trump “only wants ways to legitimise its bullying tactics”? They are ONLY trying to force people to come in through the door, so we can find out who they are, where they are from, their history, current health, abilities, etc…. just like almost every other nation on the planet do.

          Stop trying to come in on the sly and there will be no problem.

        4. It is happening already.

          https://www.kltv.com/2019/06/08/alligators-spotted-east-texas-ponds-lakes/

          Just gotta round ‘em up and get them to the border.

          Course the problem with gaters is some border jumpers are just going to catch them, cook them up, and make stuff out of them. Before you know it there will be little shops all along the border selling alligator boots, wallets, and purses.

          1. Forget alligators & moats……LANDMINES is the way to go!

      2. addressed problems no longer require funding.

    2. The first problem is how (conveniently) Reason considers all illegal border crosser as immigrants !

      Even should they be dressed in foreign military uniforms and armed

      1. Shikha and the Reason crew have been purposefully conflating legal immigration with illegal infiltration since the day Obama left office.

        They can’t win their arguments if they don’t lie.

      2. In a democracy, we arm immigrants ourselves with ballots, which are much more dangerous to us than guns.

        Import Not Americans, become Not America.

    3. Operation Wetback sounds like the sort of thing we need today!

      But there’s a simpler solution – one that doesn’t involve raids, or indignity to criminal invaders, or rounding anyone up.

      Just shoot them the instant they cross the border. Use every conventional weapon in the military arsenal – tanks, drones, rifles, landmines, cannon – to obliterate the invaders. Blow their skulls into fine red mist and leave their dead bodies for the vultures.

      You’d only have to do this with a few dozen criminal invaders for the rest to get the message. That’s fewer than starve or die of thirst in our deserts each year. And of course, invite all of them to apply for LEGAL immigration, just as Eisenhower did.

      When 22+ million criminals illegally enter your Country, it’s not “immigration”. It’s invasion. We are past the point where we should treat it as such.

      As for the criminal invaders already here, give them six months to get out. After that fine and jail anyone who employs them or rents them property, offer a bounty, and put any captured in a desert tent prison for two years before tatooing “SHOOT ME!” on their foreheads and tossing them over the border with the warning that if they EVER return, the bullet will go through the second ‘O’.

    4. If Shikhma Dalmia is an authentic “senior analyst” at Reason Foundation then perhaps I’d better rethink my (renewed) subscription! He sure has problems with Euro-white people and is obsessed with past-and-present injustices toward the browns. That’s what’s deemed analytical thinking today??? There’s a bit more to it than your reasoned thinking allows, Mr. Dalmia!

  2. Meanwhile, American labor unions did not like to see their members’ wages undercut by unauthorized Mexicans.

    I forget. Is the Official Reason position:

    1. Immigrants don’t reduce wages for Americans
    2. Americans have to accept reduced wages, because everyone in the world has a right to live and work in the United States.

    1. More than that.

      reason finds it racist that Americans want to control who gets into the USA for various reasons. Not sure what race Americans are but lunatics like Shikha don’t always know that they are crazy.

    2. In some bygone era, logical consistency used to be a thing here at Reason.

      1. Because supply and demand are broken in your universe?

      2. Lolol you can’t even muster a coherent defense.

    3. Reason is odd. They cry out about attempts to displace US workers, namely IT, with H1B visas…. but then claim there should be no borders. They literally cant make a consistent argument.

      1. The consistency is in calling for a minimal-sized state. H1B is objectionable, not because it is a form of immigration, but because it offers H1B immigrants “favorable attributes” in the eyes of employers, that native employees don’t have. H1Bs are “indentured servants” in that they can NOT job-hop for better pay or otherwise better jobs, w/o jumping through endless paperwork and delays, courtesy of Government Almighty. So employers like them better than natives, because employers are more free to abuse them. Natives face an un-level playing field.

        Fixes:
        ‘A) Give H1Bs the freedom to move jobs, w/o sucking the butt of Government Almighty, endlessly. Now we have an even playing field…

        ‘B) Alternately, allow natives to optionally sign an IRON-CLAD agreement (which can NOT be sued through, by armies of lawyers) that the native employee will NOT jump ship for another employer, for “X” years. Evens the playing field also…

        Fixes ARE to be had, for those who do NOT cherish the endless fighting and dishonesty, and hidden agendas!

        1. Fuck off shit eating slaver.

          1. Lolol you can’t even muster a coherent defense.

              1. “Billy Graham’s Ghost” is obviously yet ANOTHER alias-spoof-goof-trollerposter shitpostername for Mary-Mary’s-Period-“.”-Tulpa-ToolPoopy-Satan-Schmatan-Scientology-Thetan-Chester-the-Molester Child-Molester Sockbot-Fuckbot brainless asshole “formerly known as Tulpa”. Serious attempters at the art of genuine conversation, beware!

    4. I admit I only skim Shikha articles now but that phrase stood out to me as well. I’m surprised Shikha and Reason finally admitted this fact.

    5. The libertarian position is that everyone in the world has a right to live and work wherever that want as long as they observe the property rights of others.

      1. That’s a wonderfully contradictory philosophy you’ve got there

      2. Hey look, a college freshman. Come back when you develop your idea past the sophomoric phase filled with naivete.

      3. We don’t all have to agree with the the LP platform but the people who wrote it are not all sophomoric idiots.

        “We support the removal of governmental impediments to free trade. Political freedom and escape from tyranny demand that individuals not be unreasonably constrained by government in the crossing of political boundaries. Economic freedom demands the unrestricted movement of human as well as financial capital across national borders.”

        Sounds about right to me.

        1. “Respect muh liberty to save a nickel by buying from Emperor Xi. Freedom means profiting from foreign slavery.”

    6. Yes.
      The law of supply and demand is repealed with respect to immigrants, whether for wages or housing costs.
      If you like your country, you can’t keep your country, because the ruling class needs more servants and more big government voters.

  3. Poor Shikha and reason staff.

    America voting for Trump has been hard on them.

    1. Hillary Clinton won by 3 million votes.

      #StillWithHer

      1. And still lost the election. What a loser.

        1. seriously what kind of moron has 3 million more votes and *still* loses?

        2. Trump supporters have been America’s losers — in the culture war, in economic competition, in education — throughout our lives. I would expect the clingers to be less harsh toward losers, but then there is the general lack of character.

          1. Well said, Art. All available data show that in 2016 Drumpf beat Clinton only among the lowest income brackets, with Clinton winning comfortably among medium- to high-earners. Expect the same to be true in 2020.

            #PoorPeopleVoteRepublican

            1. So, when did blacks become considered high earners?
              Is that just in relation to the 22-30 million illegal alien landscapers and dishwashers?

              1. Undocumented immigrants cannot vote (although they should be able to) so I don’t know what “dishwashers” have to do with this.

                All I know is that when income is used to predict voter behavior in Presidential elections, the pattern is clear — the poorest voters are the most reliable Republican supporters. This fact is one of the recurring themes in the posts of Mr. Buttplug and Rev. Kirkland, so you know it’s backed by decades of hard data.

      2. If only there had been a contest to win by votes…

        1. It’s supposed to be like football. The winner is the team with the most yards.

  4. Little known fact, Shikha Dalmia translated means “broken record”.

  5. “Trump Does Not Need Alligators in Moats…”

    And we don’t need dimwits repeating gossip.
    Seek help; you are in bad need of it.

    1. It’s frickin hilarious that people would think he was serious about that.

      1. I’d like to call them mendacious but I really think they just have that poor a sense of humor. Normal people think an off-hand comment about the Russians finding the emails or using sharks with fricken laser beams on their fricken heads at the border is kinda funny and not intended to be anywhere near serious. Not so for today’s left.

        1. Backwater religious schooling, and homeschooling by substandard parents, have consequences.

          1. But enough about your posts.

          2. Homeschooled kids do much better on standardized testing than the public schools students.

  6. Even if #TrumpUkraine and #TrumpRussia were not tied for first place as the biggest scandal in world history, impeachment would still be warranted. Orange Hitler’s draconian anti-immigrant policies provide sufficient justification to remove him from office. He’s even running literal concentration camps in which people are literally forced to drink from toilets.

    This. Is. Not. Who. We. Are.

    #AbolishConcentrationCamps
    #VoteDemocratForOpenBorders

  7. “”This. Is. Not. Who. We. Are.””

    Because we are Devo.

    1. It’s a beautiful world for you …

      1. And he wore a hat, and he had a job
        And he brought home the bacon, so that no one knew…

  8. There are at least 30 million illegals already living in the US. About a million enter every year. When do we reach the optimum number?

    1. We don’t need to worry about that. According to Jeffy, the Invisible Hand of Spontaneous Order will start reaching down and scooping up immigrants and placing them back in Mauritania, Haiti, and El Salvador the moment the optimum number is exceeded. Let the market decide!

    2. And has the country collapsed? Isn’t the economy doing great, the greatest?

      Wouldn’t you rather see those people working and paying taxes? What is the optimum population of the US is what you are asking. I have no idea. Not sure there is one. Pretty sure that decreasing it by 30 million isn’t going to make anyone richer.

    3. When there is a permanent big government electoral majority.

  9. 1942 to 47 interesting time frame what else was happening then. A war where 16 million Americans were conscripted into the military apparatus leaving the country short on labor. is that pertinent maybe

    1. Pertinent in that during war you need to watch your borders maybe?

      1. Yes the war was over in 45 but troops were still stationed thru out the world and there were still SS insurgents in Germany for several years after the war and few islands where some Japs did not know the war was over

      2. The US did and made sure to keep those darn Jews trying to get out from coming over.

        1. Not so! I grew up in a neighborhood where many somehow managed to find their way over to the USA —— post WWII. We knew of only a few European-Christian refugees, they were mainly Jewish.

          1. I am not talking about those who survived. I am married to the daughter of two of them.

            For me it is history now.

            The US shut the gates when the refugees were pleading to go anywhere. Do you know about the Bermuda conference.

            It is history now.

            Behold how good and pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in peace.

            Psalm 133

            It is a simple song. Kids learn it. Found this video don’t know how it happened. 1960.

            Harry Belafonte singing it in perfect Hebrew. Music history.

            https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RCzUWap9rm0

  10. “Alligators in moats”

    You done got trolled.

    1. LAZOR SHARKZ would have been cooler.

  11. I just read an article that starts with the premise that Trump is worse than Operation Wetback.
    80% of the article is about the thing that happened 65 years ago. None of it is remotely similar to today.

    Does Shikha get any rudimentary editorial oversight?

    1. Is this a new low for Trumpsters? (lol)

      I just read an article that starts with the premise that Trump is worse than Operation Wetback.
      80% of the article is about the thing that happened 65 years ago. None of it is remotely similar to today

      WORSE means SIMILAR in your elementary school?

      It’s okay with you Trumpsters that Trump is worse than Operation Wetback … because it was 65 years ago? SERIOUSLY?

      In your “logic,” NOTHING can be worse than SLAVERY, because it happened so long ago!

      Umm, what are your views on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ?
      Can you not control your raging hatred?

      1. >>>what are your views on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ?

        the aliens were all “dang! we told them he was the spawn of their god and they nailed him up faster than you can say Pontius”.

      2. I see Hihn is still around.

        1. And still as useless.

      3. Umm, what are your views on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ?

        you should let in more refugees because jesus said to be compassionate in the bible somewhere.

        no I’m not a christian and I have nothing but contempt for your backward religious beliefs.

        so yeah, this argument wouldn’t work on me, but maybe if I use it on you, you’ll do what I want.

  12. Aw, geeez, this will REALLY piss of the Klansmen here.

  13. This will REALLY piss off the Klansmen here!

    1. You spammed that already shit breath.

    2. So dumb you said it twice.

  14. Shiksa misses the man-killing reptiles in her native shithole country. They’re called gharials or something. They were supposed to keep the Brits out but had no appetite for stiff uppers.

    1. Do you have anything more mature than a 7-year-old?
      How large is your Klavern?

  15. “Even some churches and progressive social groups jumped on the enforcement bandwagon, thinking this would rescue the immigrants from exploitative employers.”

    But then the Progressives realized it would cost more to get their lawns mowed and gardens tended if immigration was enforced…

  16. I am pretty sure if Trump said what they say here, it was done in jest. The man, for all his faults, does have a sense of humor.

    1. And he doesn’t have to be a super-comedian, the reactions he gets are the funniest part.

  17. Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who deployed tear gas against the approaching Central American migrants

    She fired tear gas into Mexican territory? I think you would have heard some very loud complaints from Mexico if that happened. So just what is meant here by “approaching”?

    1. It means “attacking”.

    2. Always nice to see a boss that won’t ask her employees to do something she isn’t willing to do herself.

  18. The population of Mexico increased by 30 million people in 18 years(1999-2017). That’s 10 million more people than Mexico’s entire population in 1939. They couldn’t employ them at a decent wage back then and their solution now is to send their kids north to be fed clothed and educated at the hated gringo’s expense. The minimum wage in Mexico is less than $5…A DAY. That’s less than what Henry Ford paid back in the 1920s. Their crime rate is out of control. With these and other problems you never hear on bad word about the assholes who run Mexico. Even illegals when you sometimes overhear them praise Mexico and condemn the US.

    1. Like the Irish and Italians, they’re proud of their old country heritage, they just don’t want to live in the old country because it’s a shithole.

    2. Thank you for the reality check! And why do so many migrants, both legal and illegal, proudly carry their nation’s flag while badmouthing the USA? Why do they persist in coming here if their native nations are so darn superior ?

  19. If only there were something besides a moat which was just as reliable but less harmful to people…

      1. Good one

        (Pictures a mime filled moat)

        1. AAaah! My eyes!

  20. So, um, I know the media uses anonymous sources a lot. They don’t have to reveal them either. This means a story being “confirmed” involves a bunch of unknown people assuring that something happened. It’s all a matter of taking their word on it.
    We don’t know if Trump said this, but ABC news states they have “sources” that were there.
    I guess that’s good. It’s not like you can make stuff up with this rock-solid process.

    1. If academia had the same publishing standards as journalists, getting an advanced degree would be so much easier.

    2. Means media *saying* that unnamed people said something.

    3. ” He is also disputing that he suggested shooting migrants in the legs to slow them down—a part of the story that ABC News separately confirmed.”

      Unknown sources confirmed by unknown sources. I want a name on record, or it didn’t happen.

  21. Border Patrol chief Harlon B. Carter—a convicted murderer

    As a completely irrelevant aside – his bio is a big reason he changed the NRA from what it was before (mostly focused on gun training, led by former military) to what it is now (mostly gun politics, led by ppl who haven’t served and think govt is the enemy).

    1. Border Patrol chief Harlon B. Carter—a convicted murderer

      Overturned by the Texas State Court of Appeals.

      he changed the NRA from what it was before (mostly focused on gun training, led by former military) to what it is now (mostly gun politics, led by ppl who haven’t served and think govt is the enemy).

      “Under Carter’s leadership, the NRA’s membership tripled to over three million.” So he had something going for him.

    2. Gosh, I thought it had something to do with the membership uprising in Cincinnati, the membership wanting to actually get to keep their guns, instead of the NRA leadership’s plan of transitioning into an historical society.

  22. End drug prohibition to end the cartel violence and bully the southern governments to respect the human right of their citizens and the problem is solved. No one EVER talks about making life better there so they just stay there.

    1. It is extremely difficult if not impossible to raise the standard of living in another country from the outside. Probably global trade and internal economic and political reform do that more than anything.

  23. Having said this before. The problem with people coming here illegally and being a drain on social services is they cannot get here legally and get legit employment. When they do get jobs they have to get paid under the table or use false ID so you have no idea what is going on.

    To fix that fix the legal crossing points using the funds otherwise going to detention centers, walls and all that.

    Anyone showing up would need to have a background check. We have the technology to do that in a matter of hours. Then issue temporary residency and work permits. Workers could then get legit jobs and pay taxes.

    After a period of time they would have to reapply. You could figure out criteria for approval.

    1. Echospinner, I would simply require the use of eVerify for every job in the USA. And then hold the owner, majority owner, CEO, whoever personally liable with mandatory jail time. People who exploit illegal aliens are perpetuating modern day slavery, in a somewhat nicer form.

      No. Make the CEO’s of a few companies do a public perp walk, handcuffed, on TV. Then jail their ass until trial – no bail. More than anything, these people fear public humiliation. So give it to them in spades. Then you will see how quickly behavior will change.

      Look, I am all for deporting every illegal alien we can possibly find. Deport them all. They don’t belong here, period. But I save special personal ire for those who exploit these people. They exploit illegal aliens by paying them far less because of this knowledge. It is morally sickening. From a moral perspective, who is worse: the exploiter or the exploited? Pretty easy call to me.

      1. If you had a system such as I propose none of that would be an issue. There would be few illegals and you just show up with your permit when getting a job. Sure if you don’t follow the rules or are caught in a serious crime then you could face deportation.

        Most employers would rather hire legit but have chronic labor shortages like in the chicken plucker factories.

        Detention and deportation are expensive for one thing. Let alone walls and all that. I would rather see someone working like anyone else.

      2. I think e verify would be fine in that setting btw.

        I think the opportunity to register could be extended to those already here. If all that works we would have far fewer illegals and a much more manageable problem.

    2. Anyone showing up would need to have a background check. We have the technology to do that in a matter of hours.

      Do you really think that we could trust the government of, say, Venezuela to say good things about anyone who chose to sneak out of their socialist paradise — that is, if they deigned to respond at all, let alone “in a matter of hours?”

      1. Always focus on the individual.

        Individual rights, dignity, responsibility, these are not conferred by government nor place of birth. They are real, not legislated.

        Liberty is not easy.

    3. “Ruling class needz moar human widgetz!”

  24. Oh, POTUS Trump is outdoing Ike’s Operation Wetback Program? This is a problem why, precisely? 🙂

    1. If only it were true.

      They have to go back.

  25. ” for a Draconian Anti-Immigration Crackdown”

    So according to
    @Reason
    , people in foreign military uniforms and armed who cross the border illegally are to be considered immigrants.

    A convenient story for supporters of open borders

  26. this writer is an OPEN BORDERS ANARCHIST

    1. Sounds kinda sexy. That is why I like her. She is subversive and gets people riled up.

    2. Self proclaimed “progressive libertarian”. Seriously.

  27. Oh Shikha, you STILL don’t get it, do you?

    Perhaps the backward and impoverished corner of the world from which YOU came from is a place where they do things the way YOU like them done… and want them done HERE.

    But that’s just YOU. How’s about YOU pColombia, Brasil, Ecuador, Italy, Japan, Taiwan, make the application, fill out the papers, attend the face to face interview, provide them ALL the documents and reports they want.. THEN come back and tell us all just how rotten, nasty, exclusive, harsh, mean, ignorant WE, the USA, are. This is the ONLY nation on earth not a SHole country that still allows unvetted, unexamined, unknown people to just walk on in, get free whatever they want/need, then hunker down in enclaves of their own kind while WE feed, clothe, house, heal, educate, them and their offspring.

    1. “It’s only bad when Whitey does it, and especially bad when America does it. #HateAmericaFirst.”

  28. I’m sure Trump actually demanded dragons! And zombies! The anonymous source just toned it down a little to protect Reason’s feelings.

    1. Mental picture of Ivanka emerging from the flames as Queen Daenerys with two dragons…. works for me.

      She does kinda look like her

    2. And zombies have been used as a barrier. In walking dead Negan had them chained to the fence around his compound.

  29. In one particularly gruesome incident, 88 Mexicans died of a heat stroke as result of a roundup that occurred while it was 112°.

    Wikipedia — indeed, Google — seems to be unaware of this incident. Source? — if you have one.

    1. She’s probably thinking of a case like this one.

      They get smuggled inside closed trucks in hot weather, ICE finds them and tries to save their lives, then open borders fanatics try to claim ICE was responsible for the deaths.

  30. “Trump Does Not Need Alligators in Moats for a Draconian Anti-Immigration Crackdown—He’s Already Outdoing Ike’s Harsh ‘Operation Wetback’ ”

    Shikha is always trying to cheer me up with #FakeNews about how hard Trump is trying to enforce US immigration law.

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