“Operation Wetback”

I received an email entitled “Hoover and Eisenhower” which outlined those respective presidents’ efforts to deal with waves of illegal immigration from Mexico from previous eras.  I had never heard about the repatriation projects and thought the details might well be an urban myth because what was described was so, how shall I say… politically incorrect by today’s heightened standards.  The email mentioned that Eisenhower’s deportation program was actually named “Operation Wetback”.

No way, thought I.  Way.

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  1. Posted March 6, 2008 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    I’d read about Eisenhower’s effort but didn’t know of Hoover’s. Guess I got some reading to do.