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Former Mexican Guest Workers Seek $500 Million In Stolen Pensions
Alianza de Ex-Braceros del Norte, a campaign affiliated with the International Migrants Alliance, a coalition of grassroots migrant organizations
A caravan of ex-braceros from Mexico in what they're calling the Historic March for a Historic Debt came to the United Nations to denounce the human rights abuses of Enrique Pena Nieto's administration that continue to this day. The Bracero Program, established by the US and Mexican governments in 1942, was the country's first guest worker program. The delegation of ex-braceros are calling public attention to the fact that millions of these workers, many of whom have died or are living under poor conditions, have yet to receive the 10% taken from their paychecks in promised pensions. They are also calling for just immigration reform in the US because as the first guest workers, the ex-braceros can testify how guest worker policies legalize slavery and abuse. Currently, the Obama administration is pushing for a guest worker program as part of its Comprehensive Immigration Reform agenda.
produced by Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
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