During his speech in Dubuque, Iowa on Wednesday, former President Donald Trump declared his intention to carry out what he called “the largest domestic deportation operation in American history,” evoking the Eisenhower model. Trump spoke of the need for border security and an end to illegal immigration within America’s borders.
“One of the most important issues in this campaign is ending the nation-wrecking catastrophe on our southern border,” Trump’s prepared remarks read.
“Under my leadership, we had the most secure border in U.S. history. Now, we have the worst border in the history of the world,” they continue, deeming the current immigration crisis as an “invasion.” With that, Trump will identify himself as the “only candidate in this race who will stop it cold on DAY ONE.”
“A vote for President Trump means Joe Biden’s horror show at the southern border ends at high noon on Inauguration Day, 2025,” the remarks read, as Trump touts how he did more to secure the border in his first term than “any president in history.”
“Upon my inauguration, I will immediately terminate every Open Borders policy of the Biden administration,” Trump continues, adding, “Following the Eisenhower Model, we will carry out the largest domestic deportation operation in American History.”
Trump has long sought to emulate former President Dwight Eisenhower’s “Operation Wetback,” going back as far as his candidacy as the Republican Party nominee in the 2016 presidential election.
“People liked him. I liked Ike. [That’s the] expression. ‘I Like Ike.’ Moved a million and a half illegal immigrants out of this country, moved them just beyond the border: They came back. Moved them again, beyond the border: They came back. Then moved them way south. They never came back,” Trump said in November 2015.
A June analysis released by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) estimated that the number of illegal immigrations in the U.S. has increased to almost 17 million — “an increase of 2.3 million illegal aliens since Biden took office in January 2021 and an increase of 1.3 million illegal aliens since the same time last year,” as Breitbart News reported.
The analysis estimated that American taxpayers would bear a cumulative net cost of at least $163 billion annually.