Impossible is only a roadblock in the minds of people who do not want to try. Most people today are unaware of some of immigration policies the United States has had in the past. These programs will cost money, and some may not be in accordance with the beliefs of some Americans today; however it is important however to realize what happened in the past and build on that for the future.
In 1942 the U.S. government, in corporation with the Mexican government, enacted the Bracero Program, which allowed short term contract laborers to fill the void of agricultural labors that were fighting in World War II. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, the U.S. government needed to enact a mass deportation of the people coming in after the war. At the time, the government differentiated between legal “braceros “immigrants and illegal immigrants by the term “wetback.” Operation Wetback was conducted in the summer of 1954 and the estimates and people deported ranges between 300,000 to 1.1 million. It is hard to get an exact number on actual deportations because many people simply just went back to Mexico.
Another immigration policy that is important to understand is the Immigration Act of 1924. In that time period there was a fear of European immigrants from the eastern and southern countries. Representative Albert Johnson stated “It has become necessary that the United States not become an asylum.” The act allowed no more than 150,000 total immigrants to enter in any one year. The act would remain mostly intact until the Immigration Act of 1965. In short, there are times in our history where it was necessary to slow down or halt immigration to give the immigrants time to assimilate to our culture, beliefs, civic duties, language, and our history so that the can become great Americans and have a better life.
For more information on the Johnson-Reed Act (of 1924) or Operation Wetback go to United States House of Representatives: history.house.gov