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Ana Elizabeth Rosas

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520282667

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520282667.001.0001

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Special Immigration and the Management of the Mexican Family, 1949–1959

Special Immigration and the Management of the Mexican Family, 1949–1959

(p.66) Chapter Three Special Immigration and the Management of the Mexican Family, 1949–1959
Abrazando el Espíritu

Ana Elizabeth Rosas

University of California Press

This chapter examines the extraordinary accountability placed on the shoulders of bracero families striving to secure a Bracero Program contract to work as “special immigrants” in the United States. Special immigrants were Mexican immigrant children, women, and men who worked tirelessly in support of management models that kept fellow braceros and their families isolated from U.S. society. Employed to maintain a social and physical distance and employment conditions and terms that would prevent braceros and their families from ever crossing paths with U.S. residents or citizens laboring in sectors that transcended agriculture, special immigrants were widely resented and often among the most alienated of immigrants in the United States and Mexico.

Keywords:   special immigration, special immigrants, Mexican immigration, Bracero Program, guest worker program

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