The Demand for Migratory Workers Is Essentially Two-Fold: To Be Ready to Go to Work When Needed; To Be Gone When Not Needed (Presidential Commission on Migratory Labor, 1940S);

The creation of the bracero program created a labor supply which, on one hand, is ready and willing to meet the short term work requirements and which, on the other hand, will not impose social and economic problems on them or on their community when the work is finished. The demand for migratory workers is essentially two-fold: to be ready to go to work when needed; to be gone when not needed.”

Quoted in Kitty CALAVITA, Inside the State: The Bracero Program, Immigration and the INS, New York: Routledge, 1992, p.21