Signing of the Mexican Farm Labor Program Agreement

During World War II, workers in North America were in short supply as the US labor force supported the war effort. On August 4, 1942, the US and Mexican governments signed the Mexican Farm Labor Program Agreement, to legalize and control Mexican farm workers along the border.  Known as the “Bracero [manual laborer] Program”, it stipulated a minimum wage of 30 cents per hour and humane treatment with adequate shelter, food, and sanitation. US agents went to Mexico to recruit workers.  The program managed the inflow of workers into the US, and continued through 1964.

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