Help Wanted – Get Out: How The US Turned Its Back On Millions of Mexican Guest Workers

By Joy DiazSeptember 13, 2017 9:51 am| ,

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” Donald Trump said at the kickoff of his presidential campaign in 2015. “They’re bringing drugs,” he said. “They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists,” allowing that “some, I assume, are good people.”

But at one time, workers from Mexico were called “absolutely essential to the survival” of some U.S. industries – and were brought into the country by the millions, with the approval of the federal government.

In Help Wanted – Get Out!, a series of reports for Texas Standard, reporter Joy Diaz traces the northward path of immigrants from their homes in Mexico, and tells the stories of how these immigrants’ lives are now woven into the fabric of the United States.

Help Wanted – Get Out! tells their story in four parts:

The History

The Labor

The Schools

The Economy

This series is made possible by a generous grant from International Women’s Media Foundation.