It may seem incongruous to see the names Hoover, Truman, Eisenhower, and Bono in a title, but let me tell you they had something in common. The first three were Presidents Of The United Stated of America, and the last served in The United States Congress. They all voiced opposition to illegal immigration.


In 1929, Hoover authorized the Mexican Repatriation program to combat rampant unemployment. This was an attempt to help in ending The Great Depression by deportation of Illegal immigrants. In 1929, Herbert Hoover (August 10,1874-October 20,1964) the 31st President of The United States authorized the Mexican Repatriation program to combat rampant Mexican immigrants who were taking American jobs, and demanding publics services which were in short supply due to sagging government revenues. The program was largly a forced migration of approximately 500,000 Mexican illegals and also regretably Mexican Americans got caught up in the rush. FDR continued the program through 1939

This forced repatriation was based on the Quota Act of 1924 which limited immigration from over 1,000,000 people annually to under 100,000 people annually. This program was overseen by Secretary of Labor William Doak and nearly 20% of those deported were Mexicans. They were herded back over ihe US Mexico border. Some were put on trains and delivered deep into Mexico to discourage their return.

To this date there has been no apology of the US Federal Government for this action although some hispanic members of congress have introduced resolutions to extract such apologies. The State of California is the only state to apologize in 2005.



At the end of World War II, Harry S. Truman (May 8,1884-December 26,1972) the 33rd President of the United States found himself in a similar situation by 1948. Returning veterans found their jobs unavailable due to high levels of illegal immigration. The US economy fell into a post-war recession. As a result of the unrest among returing unemployed veterans Truman deported over 2,000,000 illegal aliens during this time.

Truman did succesfully integrate the US military in this time frame so his immigration action was based on legal action and lacked any tinge of racism. Truman also fired General Douglas MacArthur when he was defied in his stance in the Korean conflict. MacArthur wanted to nuke the Chinese but Truman who had previousy nuked the Japanese held firm in his decision. With “Give em’Hell Harry there was no doubt who was in charge. He showed true compassion for those who had been oppressed, but he was a tiger if his authority was challenged.

I often hope that I meet Truman in the afterlife. I would really like to know the torment of the decision to use the worlds first Nuclear Bomb.



Following his election in 1952 Dwight David Eisenhower (October 14,1890-March 28,1969) became the 34th President of The United States. He carried on with Truman’s anit-illegal immigration policy. The hero of the ETO (European Theater of Operation) was an overwhelming favorite of the public. The only question concerning his election was which political party affiliation would he choose. Growing up in conservative Abilene Kansas, Ike chose the Republican Party as he thought they best reflected the values instilled in him from the time of his birth.

Eisenhower went one better than Truman on anti-illegal immigration policy. Burgoining numbers of illegal Mexican immigrants prompted Eisenhower to institute “Project Wetback” in 1954 under the auspices of The Customs and Immigration Service. He appointed longtime friends John Cox and General Joseph Swing as INS Commisioners. Eisenhower had a sense of urgency about illegal immigration upon assumption of office and communicated such in a letter to Senator William Fulbright. In the letter he quoted an article in the New York Times that stated that illegal Mexican border crossings had exploded to a sum of over 1,000,000 cases per year.

During implemtation of this program over 500,000 illegal Mexican immegrant fled voluntarily across the border for fear of being caught. Others were put on farries and taken over 500 miles south. The INS drove many illegals across the border on foot and others were herded by train. The combined efforts of Truman and Eisenhower resulted in approximately 13,000,000 illegals being deported. Ike much as his predecessor was the man in charge.




Now we come to the one person on the list who seems inconguous. What could Salvatore Phillip “Sonny” Bono ( February 15,1935- January 5, 1998)  possibly have in common with the three great presidents listed above?

In 1994 during Sonny’s congressional run I personally saw a TV reporter ask him a question as he was rushing through the airport to catch a plane. The reporter asked ” Mr. Bono what is your position on illegal immigration?” Sonny logically replied,”It’s illegal.”

Kudos, Sonny gave a great reply direct, to the point, and not capable of being misunderstood.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Tom, That spells it out perfectly. i think our country is going to have to make some decisions about the illegals that have lived here for 10 years, been honest and hard working VS those that rob an steal, traffic drugs, or just arrived. They need to stop the influx now. Good hub.

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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author


I agree with your position particularly where young children who have been born here and by birth are citizens are involved. I also think that like past immigration assimilation is a necessary ingredient to good citizenship.

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DanDnAZ 6 years ago from Phoenix, AZ


How soon we forget, but maybe our President has helped place this issue on the back burner. Not long ago that was the number 1 issue nationally, now few think of it.

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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author


I heard Linzy Graham the other night he is working with a Democrat colleague on a bi-partisan reform measure. It would include some form of an amnesty along with tougher enforcement of existing laws.

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sheila b. 6 years ago

As I mentioned in a comment to breakfastpop, we won't have to worry about illegals when Obama is done because they won't want to come here. They come to America for a better life and the chance to succeed. But we'll be no better than Cuba or Venezuela - and you don't see anyone flocking to those countries!

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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

sheila b.

If it weren't for the drug violence I imagine most illegal Mexican immigrants would be flocking home.

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lovelypaper 6 years ago from Virginia

Excellent hub. I learned something new.

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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author


Thank you for the compliment and your kind comment.

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Fabulous article. I agree with Sonny, it's illegal.

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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Great article.

One problem I have will exportation is that I have seen families broken up. This is hard.

Keep on hubbing!

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Tom Cornett 6 years ago from Ohio

Thanks Tom...I learned some things....Great hub! Perfect tie in with Sonny Bono. :)

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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author


I know at the time I though the beauty of Sonny's expression was in it's simplicity.

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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author


I think allowances must be made for families with young children born in the USA.

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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author


Thanks for your comment. I first learned of Hoover, Truman and Eisenhower on an anti-immigration web site joke a friend sent me. I double checked the facts and found they were true. Then I remembered Sonny Bono had said that.

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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Well done, my friend. If only we had leaders who would stand up for what's right these days, as we have had in the past. Thanks for the learning experience. I enjoyed it.

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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author


You are quite welcome my friend and brother. The current batch of politicians are only interested in themselves.

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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I agree illegal is illegal. What part of that do so many people not understand?

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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author


I don't know where there is any room for mis-understanding. The meaning is clear as glass to me.

tjohn 6 years ago

Dear Senator Nelson (Florida),

Here we go again: no amnesty, nor foregiveness!!

We have written repeatedly against the Democratic Party's insane attempts to legalize lawbreaking illegal aliens and their families in this country.

Do like Eisenhower, Truman, and Hoover-- DEPORT THEM and BUILD BETTER FENCES.


Family Cxxxxx. US Citizens since 1890.

From: Italy, England, Romania, Japan, China, and Africa

All legal. All English Speaking

Veterans of 4 US wars

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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author


I agree with your sentiments. My dad had a partner in business who was a first generation Mexican LEGAL immigrant and he completely assimilated into our society as did all his family. He and dad built their business on a hand shake without a contract, and they never had any trouble!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chris Carson 6 years ago

FYI - I posted this on my Facebook page, so now you've reached an even wider audience.

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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author


It's a good thing to spread the message.

Harvey Stelman 6 years ago


All true, and it has always worked for our country. We have gotten way too PC. We don't even follow our own laws.

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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author


I agree legal is legal and illegel is illegal!!!!!!!!

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bgamall 6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Of course you know Tom, that the NWO people are not interested in securing the border. While I know the Arizona law takes away from the Federal Government's jurisdiction, the reason the federal government refuses to police the border is that they do what they are told by business. It is "good" business to keep wages depressed, to not have to pay benefits, etc.

While I am against the Arizona law, the miltary could police the border. I don't think you can kick 12 million people out, as long as you have citizen children and economies that are tethered to these people, yet you can stop people from coming across the border. We put men on the moon, we can do this.

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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author


I agree with your assessment of this situation. I don't want to kick families out. The whole globalization sham is to keep the working man groveling for their masters.

Of course we can seal the borders but Obama needs the new voters. It's the same with the non-prosecution of The New Black Panther Party.

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Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

Tom, An excellent article. With the increase in technology, our government says they CAN'T send 12,000,000 illegals back; why not?

I really enjoyed this Hub! H

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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author


It's like the old saying, "Where there's a will there's a way". I don't think Obama has the will, and he's dismantling the technology!!!!!!!!!!!

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Tom Whitworth 5 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Thanks kda2011, I'll check it out.

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