Gerald Ford`s Role in `65 Immigration Disaster… And After

writing from Washington on Mar 9, 1965 in National

real sleeper in the coming months in Congress
will be the Immigration Bill. This issue runs
athwart many of the usual voting alliances and
blocks, and Republicans who see in it a chance
to rough up the Administration are wondering
whether Minority Leader Gerald Ford–for whom
they ditched Charley Halleck–is the man to lead
the fight. Most Republicans would like to see
Ford take a hard line, and not just angle for a
few concessions in committee. They feel that he
is playing footsie with Emanuel Celler, (D.,
N.Y.) Chairman of the House Judiciary

Ford was
always very surrender-minded. I don`t see how he
ever won a football game.

all, he only became President because he was the
Republican most acceptable to the Congressional
Democrats who overthrew Nixon, after he`d been
Minority Leader for years of Democratic

who was elected by the hard-working, honest
burghers of Michigan`s
Fifth District

(mostly Dutch and German), may have
thought them typical of the prospective
immigrant population.

also responsible for the huge surge of
Vietnamese immigration.

When the
Communists poured into South Vietnam (not
immigration but invasion), which Ford could have
prevented fairly cheaply with the Air Force, the
Annamese fled on anything that would float.

Vietnamese loved their country. Their ancestors
were buried there, and they didn`t want to
leave, but when Ford and the House Democrats abandoned
they had little choice about leaving.

for the first time in our history, people have
risked their lives to leave Vietnam. Large
numbers of Vietnamese never tried to flee their
country to escape French Domination or the
American intervention.”

Truong Nhu Tang. “The Myth of a Liberation” NY
Oct 21, 1982. (The New York Review of Their Own Books, doesn`t have its archive act
together, but you can order the back issue.)

are now about 600,000
Vietnamese living in the U. S.

people, I`m sure. But they would have rather
stayed home.

the 2000 Presidential campaign, when Republicans
didn`t particularly want advice from a man who
had never won an election for anything larger
than a Congressional Seat, Ford came out with a NY

championing affirmative action.

In it he
pointed out that

of change are times of challenge. It is
estimated that by 2030, 40 percent of all
Americans will belong to various racial

OK, Mr.
Congressman/President – how did that

April 05, 2001