01 September 2015

Mass Deportation of Illegals From The US is Doable

Illegals Can Be Deported
When Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called for mass deportation of millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, as well as their American-born children, many thought it cannot be done.

However, history will teach Americans that large-scale removal was done 85 years ago and applied on many Mexican-American families.

During the Great Depression, counties and cities in the American Southwest and Midwest forced Mexican immigrants and their families to leave the U.S. over concerns they were taking jobs away from whites despite their legal right to stay.

The result: Around 500,000 to 1 million Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans were pushed out of the country during the 1930s repatriation, as the removal is sometimes called.

During that time, immigrants were rounded up and sent to Mexico, sometimes in public places and often without formal proceedings because it is not needed anyway. Others, scared under the threat of arrest, left voluntarily.

Later testimonies show families lost most of their illegally-acquired possessions and some family members failed miserably in their attempts tp return. Neighborhoods in cities such as Houston, San Antonio and Los Angeles became peaceful and resources more manageable.

The impact of the experience on Latinos remains evident today, experts and advocates say.

"It set the tone for later deportations," said Francisco Balderrama, a Chicano studies professor at California State University, Los Angeles.

Two weeks ago, Trump said that, if elected president, he would expand deportations and end "birthright citizenship" for children born to immigrants who are here illegally. Under his plan, American-born children of immigrants also would be deported with their parents, and Mexico would be asked to help build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

"They're illegal," Trump said of U.S.-born children of people living in the country illegally. "You either have a country or not."