The dark history of "gasoline baths" at the border

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An alarming US border policy forced fumigations on migrants at the US-Mexico border.

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In 1917, American health officials launched a campaign to use noxious, often toxic chemicals to delouse immigrants seeking to enter at the US-Mexico border. The same practice had caused a fire in an El Paso jail the year before and killed 27 people.

17-year-old Juárez maid Carmelita Torres refused to go through it, sparking a protest of thousands of Mexicans at the El Paso border. Although they briefly shut down the border, the campaign would continue for decades -- and go on to inspire Nazi scientists.

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David Dorado Romo’s book, Ringside Seat to a Revolution: https://www.cincopuntos.com/products_...

The Bracero History Archive: http://braceroarchive.org

John Mckiernan-González’s book, Fevered Measures: Public Health and Race at the Texas -Mexico Border, 1848-1942: https://www.dukeupress.edu/fevered-me...

Alexandra Minna Stern’s book, Eugenic Nation: https://www.ucpress.edu/book/97805202...

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