Contemporary History of Immigration - 2/25
Join Prof. Israel Pastrana as he talks about the World War II-era guest worker program popularly known as the “Bracero Program.” Responding to wartime labor shortages in agriculture, the U.S. and Mexican governments worked together to recruit and transport tens of thousands of “braceros” to labor in fields across the country. By the time the program ended in 1964, over 4.5 million labor contracts had been signed by untold numbers of Mexican men, including Pastrana’s grandfather, Magdaleno Cibrian. Pastrana, who teaches U.S. and Mexican History at PCC, will talk about the significance of the guest worker program and its role in shaping the dynamics of our contemporary immigration debate.
Library, 706 4th St., 7 pm