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Article highlights the efforts of growers to employee individuals who had no legal status in the United States to reduce their overall cost. It explains that foreman would warn undocumented migrant workers when the border patrol was their to arrest/deport them. Raids in the fields was a common occurrence. Growers would hire undocumented individuals, pay them wages far below the poverty line and further exploit them through horrifying living conditions. Growers engaged in such practices to avoid paying individuals fair wages and negotiate contracts that would overall help farm workers.
Border Patrol, Mexican National, Valley Growers, research, foreman, illegals, smuggling, Fresno
El Malcriado Newspaper Collection
Archives & Special Collections of California State University, Monterey Bay
"The Wetback Game: El Juego de los Mojadas/os" (1970). United States Government. 9.