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A large influx of Mexican immigrants came to the United States during WWII to replace the man labor in agriculture while American farmers and workers went to war. The Bracero program initiated the process of transfering Mexican farmers into hiring hands to work in the United States agricultural fields. Many Mexicans came for the economic opportunity and start of a new life. With their hopes and goals came the reality of exploitation through low wages and racial discrimination. Still, they are a key part of the Mexican and American culture
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