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"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.