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Eisenhower Dealt With Immigration Successfully

Under Eisenhower's leadership illegal migration dropped 95 percent by the late 1950s.

Farmers and ranchers in the Southwest had become dependent on an additional low-cost, docile, illegal labor force of up to 3 million, mostly Mexican, laborers.

This illegal workforce had a severe impact on the wages of ordinary working Americans, driving up profits for those who hired illegal labor.

Profits from illegal labor led to the kind of corruption that apparently worried Eisenhower.

In 1954, Ike appointed retired Gen. Joseph "Jumpin' Joe" Swing, a former West Point classmate and veteran of the 101st Airborne, to secure the border. It worked... and powerful people who benefited were very unhappy. When Ike left office they dismantled border security and regained access to a flood of cheap labor.

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo