Illegal Immigrants : The Termination Of The Bracero Program Essay

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From 1942-1964, the United States government, in conjunction with the Mexican government, instituted into an immigration agreement known as the Bracero Program. This agreement was an attempt to reduce illegal immigration by instituting a program of legal labor (using bracero, a term literally meaning “arm-man”, loosely translated to “farmhand” ) in which American farmers could hire young Mexican men, pay them low wages and send them back to Mexico once they were no longer needed. In addition to meager wages, these workers received housing, transportation, and meals. By the end of the Bracero Program, a symbiotic relationship had been developed between Untied States employers and Mexican immigrants; facilitated and nurtured by more than fifty years of policymaking. With the end of the program, Mexican labor went underground and Mexican immigrants that worked in the United States suddenly became labeled illegal immigrants. Since the termination of the Bracero Program in 1965, the United States has created and implemented a number of policies with the purpose of keeping undocumented Mexican immigrants out of the United States. In 2014, reportedly, there were 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States. Of this number, Mexicans make up 49% of all unauthorized immigrants.
My research will show that since the end of the Bracero program, there have been no successful immigration policies or programs passed in the United States. While there has been a…

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