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IZCARA PALACIOS, Simón Pedro. Abuse and Conditions of Serfdom Associated with the Implementation of Guest Worker Programs (The Case of Tamaulipas). Frontera norte [online]. 2010, vol.22, n.44, pp.237-264. ISSN 2594-0260.

H-2A visas for temporary agricultural workers are very controversial, with farm-workers supporters claiming that it does not provide sufficient protections for US workers and leaves foreign workers open to abuse and exploitation. Tamaulipas presents a long tradition of rural migration to the United States in search of farm employment. The preference of US employers for Tamaulipas' workers owes to the proximity of this state to the frontier, which lowers transportation costs, and the experience of Tamaulipas' workers in very demanding activities, like orange picking. This paper analyses the level of compliance of labor contracts of Tamaulipas workers employed in the United States in the farming sector with H-2A visas.

Keywords : H-2A visas; migration; farm workers; labor contracts; Tamaulipas.

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