Bracero Protest 'Caravan' Comes to L.A.
Mexican migrant workers who participated in the bracero programs run by the U.S. in the 1940's, 50's and 60's protested outside the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles yesterday with their families, demanding the back wages that they claim are owed to them. Braceroproa Alliance---a group representing the WWII-era guest workers---embarked on a "caravan" of protests last month in Washington State that is winding its way towards Mexico City and a planned lobbying of the Mexican Congress. The organization and the former guest workers claim that the Mexican Government owes the braceros up to $1 billion worth of ten percent deduction from the braceros' wages, which were supposed to be paid back to the workers when they returned to Mexico.
See GARIOT LOUIMA, Los Angeles Times, April 10, 2002