MMT 20 Jun 57 pg 26

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MMT 20 Jun 57 pg 26 - MZtSrORD (ORtCCKl MAIL TRIBUNE Thursday. June...
MZtSrORD (ORtCCKl MAIL TRIBUNE Thursday. June 20. 1957 Wetback Season Gets Under Way; Border Patrol Ready for Problem I:A::"n. Tex '? The ft !5cfc Ka-'m Ka-'m Ka-'m .xicn na iiooas try to snalc across the R-0 R-0 R-0 Grande toward American ia-nj ia-nj ia-nj jois- jois- 3 00 The Barrier Pa'ro! Once the 'njo haeij group of men in , intensely agricultural valley -ranta -ranta ready to cope ilii the prnocni. Pa'roiiTfin will ork dav and r::gnt. In cotton fields work permits in tne Lmted moved into the Rio Grande Val State? Rains in Mexico, boost-! boost-! boost-! ley with buses, jecns, planes and in? that nation's farm activity, ! other equipment for finding il-also il-also il-also will help hold down the legal laborers and shipping them wetback count. back to Mexico. Already patrolmen are pick-' pick-' pick-' Newspaper and radio adhering adhering up wetbacks at better than Using in two languages told the 300 a month, and the harvest- harvest- farmers and the wetbacks that inf season has yet to hit its the latter could leave the coun-stride. coun-stride. coun-stride. Since 1954, the percent 'try voluntarily if they left image image of pickups at the river has mediately. Loudspeakers repeat ed md-.sry, md-.sry, md-.sry, ax v.eil as on the been rising, while pickups of ed the message in Spanish from wc.mi k will foe picked those who have already gotten planes flying over vegetable and Up. i'ngpr printed for the FBI r.d if they ha: e criminal rec-; rec-; rec-; ordi or are "repeaters charged charged vi'h illegal entry. In, an advertising of "no work in Texas" is 00 to diwrourage rich migration, i Oticiais are bushing the "brac- "brac- : into jobs here have been fewer ' cotton patches. The Border Patrol appears to the situation under control. control. Not so a few years ago. before "Operation 54" caused hatred for the Patrol to hit peak among farmers, w hom used wetbacks. Within the next 15 days, 170.-j 170.-j 170.-j 000 wetbacks wolked across: bridges to their homeland. An ! untold number rode taxis.; trucks, and buses across. The ! many of task force got another 44,875 during the 15-day 15-day 15-day period. Through the next month, an-1 an-1 an-1 other 23.000 were trucked,! flown, shipped and marched in-J in-J in-J to Mexico. Sixty days later, the task force was dissolved. The i emergency which began during World War II labor shortage periods, periods, was over. It was estimated last month that there were fewer than 500 wetbacks working in the entire Rio Grande Valley. Angry farmers, left in 1954 with half-picked half-picked half-picked cotton fields and a labor shortage, displayed an almost unanimous contempt for the Border Patrol. Charges of "Gestapo tactics"' and "roughing "roughing up" flew. The charge were never proved to the satisfaction of the Immigration Service. They were never disproved to the satisfaction satisfaction of the valley's newspapers and farmers. Some resentment still exists. A Different Type Recently, the valley Farm Bureau, representing 4.000 farmers, farmers, endorsed a resolution to cut the numbers of the Border Patrol. Patrol. Bureau manager C. B. Ray of Mercedes said the move was motivated only by economy. He said he did not know horn much of the resentment was still felt in the valley but that the Patrol "wouldn't win any popularity contests around here." A former patrolman. James Griffin, a major valley farmer and rancher who was most critical critical of the Patrol in 1954 when it "made an, example of him," said many of the practices he objected to are no longer in use. Chief Border Patrol Inspector George Harrison, who came here with the task force and stayed to take over the headquarters, said the wetback of today is different different from the wetback of a few yars ago. "Those earlier wetbacks were simple, honest people, just looking looking for work," he explained "But these days we get only the dregs. Many of them have criminal criminal records. The honest laborer can come over legally under the bracero program. The result of the mass cleanup cleanup has been a cleaner, quieter valley. Wetback camps no longer longer breed disease and cause urban blight. Farmers are coming to use bracero labor more and more. "The bracero is more dependable," dependable," said Griffin. "You can teach him how to run equipment, equipment, and he will slay with you until the job is? done. In the old days, by the time you got a man trained, the Border Pa trol would find him and cart him off." ero" prog a n whereby a limited The 1954 Cleanup ni.jnber of Mexicans can be le-1 le-1 le-1 In 1954. a separate "task , l:y processed for temporary force" of hundreds of patrolmen Fancy Kentucky Wonder MEDFORD'S FINEST MEATS SINCE 1940

Clipped from Medford Mail Tribune20 Jun 1957, ThuPage 26

Medford Mail Tribune (Medford, Oregon)20 Jun 1957, ThuPage 26
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  • MMT 20 Jun 57 pg 26

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