American Social History Project • Center for Media and Learning

Border, Immigration, and Citizenship

Published April 13, 2015

Lori Flores, State University of New York, Stonybrook
CUNY Graduate Center, April 25, 2014

In this lecture Professor Flores traces the peaks and valleys of undocumented immigration, as well as the political and economic aspects of the influxes. She examines the U.S. Bracero labor program, the relationships between citizens, Bracero workers, and undocumented immigrants, and  conflicts between moral laws and legal laws. Flores covers the impact of the Hart-Celler Act on Mexican legal and undocumented immigration, the role of the U.S. in Central American civil wars and the subsequent rise of Central American immigrants, and current immigration issues including the Dream Act.

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