Guest-worker programs in the United States, such as the mid-century bracero program, have often met with controversy due to variable labor conditions and their perceived effect on American wages and job availability.
Guest-worker programs import laborers from other countries into the United States for temporary employment. Early variants of such programs included
The best-known guest-worker arrangement in the United States was the
During the early twenty-first century, President
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Alien Contract Labor Law of 1885
Contract labor system
Economic consequences of immigration
Farm and migrant workers
Federation for American Immigration Reform