April 28, 2006

Sean Hannity and JC Watts Discuss Illegal Immigration (Audio)

by @ 12:19 am. Filed under Audio, Illegal Aliens

Sean Hannity had a good discussion with former Oklahoma Congressman JC Watts on Hannity’s radio show.

This was a great discussion, because Mr. Watts pointed out that we already have laws on the books against illegal immigration and if those are not enforced, what’s going to cause new laws to be enforced? Given his experience in Congress, he was able to break down how Congress just makes up legislation, when they should just enforce what is already on the books. JC pulls no punches on the fact illegals are breaking the law and something should be done about it.

Hannity spoke of how illegals would leave on their own if things were made uncomfortable enough for them. I still don’t mind the idea of simply tossing them all out. A new form of “Operation Wetback” is not a bad idea. It worked in 1953 and it can work again.

In 1949 the Border Patrol seized nearly 280,000 illegal immigrants. By 1953, the numbers had grown to more than 865,000, and the U.S. government felt pressured to do something about the onslaught of immigration. What resulted was Operation Wetback, devised in 1954 under the supervision of new commissioner of the Immigration and Nationalization Service, Gen. Joseph Swing.

Swing oversaw the Border patrol, and organized state and local officials along with the police. The object of his intense border enforcement were “illegal aliens,” but common practice of Operation Wetback focused on Mexicans in general. The police swarmed through Mexican American barrios throughout the southeastern states. Some Mexicans, fearful of the potential violence of this militarization, fled back south across the border. In 1954, the agents discovered over 1 million illegal immigrants.

In some cases, illegal immigrants were deported along with their American-born children, who were by law U.S. citizens. The agents used a wide brush in their criteria for interrogating potential aliens. They adopted the practice of stopping “Mexican-looking” citizens on the street and asking for identification. This practice incited and angered many U.S. citizens who were of Mexican American descent. Opponents in both the United States and Mexico complained of “police-state” methods, and Operation Wetback was abandoned.

Although we should not simply go after anyone that looks “Mexican” and target only Mexican illegals, Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower had the right idea. And if the parents are illegal, then their anchor baby must go too. No more using loopholes to abuse our immigration laws. The 14th Amendment was created to ensure citizenship and all its benefits for former slaves and their families. It was not enacted to help people abuse our border and claim to have an “in” to stay. On this issue the “Modern Republicanism” expressed by Dwight D. Eisenhower is something current Republican President George W. Bush could learn from. Because while Eisenhower was viewed as “moderate” then, he’d look like a better Conservative than some of today’s so-called Conservative politicians.

And for anyone that wants to try and claim Eisenhower was a racist for Operation Wetback, keep in mind this was the same President that desegregated our military and sent troops to Little Rock, Arkansas to ensure they followed federal orders to desegregate schools. He is the President that said:

There must be no second class citizens in this country,

And he meant that for legal citizens. Not abusers of our laws.

You can hear the audio of the illegal immigration portion of Sean’s interview with JC using the link below:
Hannity and JC Watts on Illegal Immigration – WMA Audio
(For the sake of bandwidth there will be no other formats made.)

One Response to “Sean Hannity and JC Watts Discuss Illegal Immigration (Audio)”

  1. olegrumpy Says:

    What mystifies me is when the two word “illegal immigrant” is used by anyone.

    I know what an illegal alien is.

    I know what a legal immigrant is.

    So for sake of argument only, illegal aliens could be called impatient, jump the gun, break the law “wanna be immigrants”…and I would agree with that term.

    But by any federal or state law legal definition, unless they’ve changed the law very recently, there ain’t no such animule as an illegal immigrant. Prove me wrong if you can find valid data in the law that corrects me.

    It may be a simple matter in term usage to some people, quibbling a bit on my part and I won’t make any real objection to when I see or hear the term used but it makes a bigggggggg difference in target identification to this old combat veteran.

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