Former Braceros Demand Back Pay from Mexican Government
Former Braceros and their families in Los Angeles are calling on the Mexican government to recover wages they say went unpaid for decades of labor under the guest worker program. About 10 percent of Bracero’s wages were deducted from their paychecks and deposited to a savings fund in Mexico, ensuring workers would return from the U.S.
The former laborers held a press conference in front of the Mexican consulate in MacArthur Park to address what they called the “perceived progress” with the reimbursement program under new Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.
KPFK’s Agnes Radomski has the story.