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More Bracero Controversy

By Bill O'Neil

A guest worker program which came to an end during the 1960's continues to generate a lot of controversy in both the United States and Mexico.

Called the "Bracero" program, it involved up to 400-thousand guest workers from Mexico--many of whom worked agricultutral jobs in the United States--starting at the ehight of World War II in 1942.

"The money got lost--they didn't get paid" said Jaime Martinez with the Cesar E Chavez Legacy and Educational Foundation. He told 550 KTSA News the fight to get those workers paid what they are owed continues to this day--after cash sent from the United States to Mexico apparently disappeared in recent years. 

"We could not think of a more just way of continuing this fight for immigration reform--than to get support to the Bracero program" Martinez said. 

Activists are again planning to raise their voices--with a protest set to take place at the Mexican Consulate next week. 


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