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    April 25, 2019

    COLAB is an organization that represents the interests of labor, agriculture and business. We have provided a number of articles on the various farm issues, and some on the businesses directly related to agriculture. It is time to focus on labor, specifically agricultural. To do so, I first want to go back in time to review the start and end of the federal agricultural labor program that existed in Imperial County and throughout the United States

    The Bracero Program (from the Spanish term bracero, meaning “manual laborer” or “one who works using his arms”) was based on series of laws and diplomatic agreements, initiated on Aug. 4, 1942, when the United States signed the Mexican Farm Labor Agreement with Mexico. The agreement guaranteed decent living conditions (sanitation, adequate shelter and food) and a minimum wage of 30 cents an hour; it also allowed the importation of contract laborers from Guam as a temporary measure during the early phases of World War II.

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