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PostWhat Killed the Bracero Program in 1964? (from Gary Moore) (John Eipper, USA, 09/08/19 3:53 am)
Gary Moore writes:
As to why the Bracero Program importing Mexican workers ended in 1964 (see Richard Hancock, September 6), both the reason and a distressingly smug orthodox gloss of the reason can be seen in Google's page of top hits on "Bracero Program." Reflecting the other hits concisely is something called History News Network, from George Washington University:
"The November 1960 CBS documentary 'Harvest of Shame' convinced Kennedy that Braceros were 'adversely affecting the wages, working conditions, and employment opportunities of our own agricultural workers.' " It goes on to say (not quite in so many words) that with Bracero's distorting capitalistic manipulation out of the way, the result was a "golden era for US farm workers.” This seems precisely the opposite of what Richard Hancock, from personal experience and extensive investigation, recalls as participants looking back on "the golden days for all concerned"--which they viewed as having been Bracero itself.
Debate about immigration from Mexico, legal or illegal, lies under so many layers of puerile, 19th-century-style I'm-not-really-a-Marxist thinking (which rushes into the void of towering cross-cultural ignorance cloaking the US border) that the enthusiasms generally have to go unchallenged, like swarming ants.
JE comments: Richard Hancock also cites "Harvest of Shame" in his response to this question. Richard's post is next.