Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA
The disposable Mexican: Operation Wetback 1954, the deportation of undocumented workers in California and Texas
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Rodolfo Rocha
Dr. Michael Faubion
Dr. Penelope Adair
In June 1954 the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service initiated an aggressive program to rid the country of Mexican undocumented workers. The campaign was a result of years of hostile media coverage and public outcry that depicted Mexicans as subversive villains infiltrating the country in order to rob "decent, hardworking Americans" of jobs. In an attempt to satisfy these critics, the federal government called for the immediate deportation of over one million Mexicans, the majority of whom had been actively recruited by American growers. The INS called this program Operation Wetback.
University of Texas-Pan American
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