Unique Bracero sum­mit fo­cus­ing on World War II-era agree­ment.

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EL PASO, Texas ( AP) — The Bracero Pro­gram, a World War II-era agree­ment that al­lows Mex­i­can im­mi­grants to work in the U.S. as guest work­ers, is the sub­ject of an up­com­ing sum­mit.

The Na­tional Trust for His­toric Preser­va­tion and the Univer­sity of Texas at El Paso are host­ing next week the Bracero His­tory Sum­mit aimed at bring­ing to­gether ex­perts, schol­ars, and com­mu­nity mem­bers to study the project.

Or­ga­niz­ers say Bracero His­tory Sum­mit at­ten­dees will have a rare op­por­tu­nity to ex­am­ine the roots and on­go­ing in­flu­ence of the Bracero Pro­gram. The Bracero Pro­gram grew out of a se­ries of bi-lat­eral agree­ments be­tween Mex­ico and the United States that al­lowed mil­lions of Mex­i­can men to come to the U.S. to work on, short­term, agri­cul­tural la­bor con­tracts. The two-day El Paso event start­ing Sept. 22 marks the 75th an­niver­sary of the first braceros ad­mit­ted into the U.S.

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