Immigration Law

Navarrette on Lamar Smith, Braceros, and Ozzie & Harriet

"Proving that bad ideas never die, Smith wants to bring back the braceros. That was the name given to foreign workers — an estimated 5 million of them — who were brought in from Mexico to fill the vacuum in the fields when America's young men went off to battle tyranny in Europe and the Pacific. But when the men came home, they were no longer interested in fieldwork. So the guest workers stuck around.  A program that was supposed to be temporary lasted more than 20 years, from 1942 to 1964. In fact, Congress only pulled the plug when renowned television journalist Edward R. Murrow exposed abuse by employers who were treating the workers like indentured servants.  This is an indecent chapter of U.S. history that we should not repeat, especially if it is just part of some cheap political horse-trade intended to help a lawmaker pass a bill.  So, if Smith originally tried to convince us that he was pushing E-Verify to run off illegal immigrants so that he could open up jobs for Americans, but now he's giving many of those jobs away to foreign workers anyway, then what's the real reason for requiring employers to use E-Verify?  Simple: It would run off illegal immigrants. And why is that so important to some people? Simple: Ozzie and Harriet."

Ruben Navarrette Jr., Oct. 8, 2011.

  • Anonymous
    Racism towards Latino Natives in America has become the "NEW NORMAL" for White&African American in the 21st Centruy.The word "Latino" has replaced the "N-word"btw whites & Blacks in America? They fera Latinos because they fear true American history.How else can they kkeep power?