Solving the problem of millions of illegal Mexican immigrants isn't at all a new phenomenon. President Eisenhower dealt with it successfully more than a half century ago.
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.
It wasn't a popular political move in all quarters.
Influential politicians, including Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson (D) of Texas and Sen. Pat McCarran (D) of Nevada, favored open borders, and were dead set against strong border enforcement, Brownell said. But General Swing's close connections to the president shielded him - and the Border Patrol - from meddling by powerful political and corporate interests.
Read the whole thing. It's not as impossible a task as we've been led to believe. Once the illegal tide has been stopped, we can decide how to assimilate the illegals already here and set up sensible regulations for those who wish to enter.
I'd be find with unlimited immigration as long as entrants to the country applied, went through a background check, had a sponsor and couldn't become eligible for welfare, food stamps or free health care until they become citizens. There's no good reason I can think of, though, to just let every half-assed, underdeveloped, tin-pot country to use us as a dumping ground for their excess poor.
Wouldn't give them much incentive to improve, would it?