From: Joseph Morabito (e-mail him)
The following is from the New York Times "Wayback Machine" aka News Archives. It seems that vigorous border enforcement can work, at least it did in the 1950s.
WASHINGTON, April 10 (AP)
New York Times, April 11, 1955
The Border Patrol’s crackdown on Mexican wetbacks has reduced crime and disease rates and demands for public welfare funds in United States communities along the Mexican border, it was disclosed today.
The report came from Joseph M. Swing, Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. He testified before the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee. He said the success of a campaign started last June by a special force of 750 officers justified a further increase in the Border Patrol this year.
Mr. Swing said the service was employing an additional 200 officers and thirty-seven supporting personnel this spring so they would be trained and ready for the “critical period” of June, July, August and September.
He told the committee that “the border in now under control” but economic conditions were such that any relaxation in enforcement would again bring tens of thousands of illegal aliens across the border.
See previous letters from Joseph Morabito.