bracero bracero  /brɑ ˈtʃɛ roʊ/

Definition(s):

  • (n) a Mexican laborer who worked in the United States on farms and railroads in order to ease labor shortages during World War II

Usage(s):

  1. Granted, its guest-worker program is the right idea, as long as it doesn't repeat the human rights abuses of the last century's bracero project.
  2. Sir: I emphatically deny ever making derogatory comments about bracero Mexican laborers as to their physical abilities or characteristics.
  3. Sir: Never have I been so disgusted by bureaucratic meddling in a state problem as I was with the bracero ban June 4.

News

  1. Highway 101 dedicated to Braceros 50 years after fatal crash

    Organizers held a special remembrance and commemoration Saturday for a group of people often taken for granted and who suffered through one of the Central Coast’s worst accidents 50 years ago. The Spanish term “Bracero” means “manual labor,” and that’s what the estimated 5 million Mexicans in the Bracero Program were for the U.S. agricultural industry. However, in many cases, the workers were ...
    on September 15, 2013     Source: KSBW Salinas

  2. A bracero memorial

    While Saturday's dedication of a section of Highway 101 corresponds with a tragic train-bus crash 50 years ago that claimed the lives of 32 farmworkers — braceros — it goes far beyond a memorial to a tragedy.
    on September 13, 2013     Source: The Salinas Californian

Quotes

  • "At the end of the day, I vote for what I believe is right for the people of California, not for my party," Maldonado said. "My father came to America as a bracero. He didn't have a penny in his pocket, but he had values -- values my party...
    on May 25, 2008 By: Abel Maldonado Source: Los Angeles Times

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