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Verónica Castillo-Muñoz

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520291638

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520291638.001.0001

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Mexicali’s Exceptionalism

Mexicali’s Exceptionalism

(p.89) 5. Mexicali’s Exceptionalism
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Verónica Castillo-Muñoz

University of California Press

This chapter examines the impact of Mexican migration to the United States during the era of the Bracero Program (1942–64). It addresses the question of why migration to border towns increased during the 1940s in spite of U.S. immigration restrictions. Existing oral histories collected by the Bracero History Archive of migrant and local Baja families enriched the author's understanding of the ways in which families migrated and looked for work and performed gender roles in Mexico and in the United States. The memories of braceros provided a window into the daily lives and struggles experienced by millions of Mexican workers who migrated to the United States, stories often suppressed in official records.

Keywords:   Mexican migration, Bracero Program, border towns, immigration policy, braceros

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