Judge nullifies braceros' suit for WWII pay
In a blow to World War II Mexican guest workers seeking hundreds of millions in wages taken from them by the U.S. and Mexican governments (see WIT for April 11, 2002), and possibly private banks, a U.S. federal judge dismissed their lawsuit on Wednesday. The judge wrote in his decision that he believed the claims of the braceros, but ruled that a six-year statute of limitations and the U.S. court?s lack of jurisdiction over Mexican institutions barred the suit. The braceros? search for justice is not over, however, as the judge left open the possibility of an amended claim against the U.S. if the braceros can prove that statute of limitations does not apply because they did not know about it, and legislation to allow the case to proceed despite the technicalities has been introduced in the House of Representatives.