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November 11, 2015 4:08 pm - NewsBehavingBadly.com

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The Donald praised Dwight Eisenhower’s “Operation Wetback” during Tuesday night’s debate, an inhumane policy that tossed people out of the country.

“Let me just tell you that Dwight Eisenhower. Good president. Great president. People liked him. I liked him. I Like Ike, right? The expression, ‘I like Ike.’ Moved 1.5 million illegal immigrants out of this country. Moved them just beyond the border, they came back. Moved them again beyond the border, they came back. Didn’t like it. Moved ‘em waaaay south, they never came back. Dwight Eisenhower. You don’t get nicer, you don’t get friendlier. They moved 1.5 million people out. We have no choice. We. Have. No. Choice.”

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This was Operation Wetback, a 1954 initiative that saw undocumented immigrants packed into overcrowded trucks and buses—or boats resembling an “eighteenth century slave ship”—and transported to remote parts of the Mexican desert. Left with nothing, in the middle of nowhere, dozens of people caught up in Operation Wetback died of heat stroke.

And this is the policy Trump continually cites to prove he can exile 11 million undocumented immigrants from the U.S. “in a very humane way, a very nice way.”

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D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.