Argument: No past administration engaged in full deportation campaign

Issue Report: Deporting illegal immigrants in the US


Mae M. Ngai, a historian now at Columbia University: “none of these presidents presided over any general deportation campaign.”[1]

According to Marian Smith at the USCIS Office of the Historian: “There is no evidence that Herbert Hoover ordered the deportation of all illegal aliens.” And Matthew T. Schaefer, archivist at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa, told us in an e-mail message: “President Hoover never issued a statement, executive order or proclamation ordering the deportation of all illegal immigrants.”[2]