Friday, April 22, 2005

Another example of the poor getting robbed

Between 1942 and 1949, there was a guest worker program known as the "bracero" program. Approximately 2.5 million Mexicans worked in the United States during this time. Ten percent of workers' paychecks were withheld for savings and pension funds that were promised to be payed to them once they returned to Mexico (an incentive for migrants to return home). Well, they never received their money.

Mexico's Congress just approved a $27 million fund for ex-braceros who worked here between 1942 and 1964.

According to the AP, activists say about 300,000 workers may have been jilted. Wells Fargo Bank, in charge of transferring some of the money to Mexico, said they have few documents related to this case. And Mexican officials say they never received the money.

Once again, another example of the poor man getting screwed.

Mexican government gives final approval for payments to former "bracero" farmworkers
MEXICO CITY (AP) - April 21, 2005

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