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September 10, 2009


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Frank Mena

Understanding the motivations for the start of the bracero program provides insight, but I think explaining how it survived for so long is a much greater challenge.

Perhaps even more puzzling is the fact that the program continued despite major flaws such as human rights abuses, rapidly increasing illegal immigration and dissatisfaction on the part of the farmers.


Thank you, Steve, for your work on this project. It is an often ignored part of American history that needs to be re-examined, especially as policy makers begin to debate, yet again, on how to manage migration to the U.S.

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