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n. pl. bra·ce·ros
Any of the Mexican laborers in the mid-1900s who were permitted to enter the United States and work for a limited period of time, especially in agriculture.

[Spanish, laborer, from brazo, arm, from Latin brācchium, from Greek brakhīōn, upper arm; see mregh-u- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -ros
a Mexican labourer working in the USA, esp one admitted into the country to relieve labour shortages during and immediately after World War II


(brɑˈsɛər oʊ)

n., pl. -ros.
a Mexican laborer admitted legally into the U.S. for a short period to perform seasonal, usu. agricultural, labor.
[1915–20; < Sp: laborer, literally, one who swings his arms]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bracero - a Mexican laborer who worked in the United States on farms and railroads in order to ease labor shortages during World War II
laborer, labourer, manual laborer, jack - someone who works with their hands; someone engaged in manual labor
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He should take off the glasses and drop the Braceros program.
Unlike Haitian braceros (laborers), most legal Jamaican immigrants had complied with their colony's Emigrants Protection Laws, and were thus eligible for repatriation at their government's expense.
The small but energetic National Farm Labor Union, led by dynamic organizer Ernesto Galarza, found its efforts to create a lasting California farmworkers union in the 1940s and 50s stymied again and again by the growers' manipulation of braceros.
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By 1955, the number of braceros reached nearly 400,000 and did not fall below that level until 1961, when a public outcry over conditions in the fields led to new public policy attention.
The suit stems from an agreement between the United States and Mexico that allowed Mexican farm workers, called braceros, to be employed in the United States beginning in 1942.
The history of programs like the one for postwar braceros and today's H-1b visas for highly skilled workers indicates at least half those who come in under short-term visas stay much longer, legally or not.
to introduce the Bracero Justice Act of 2002, which would help hundreds of thousands of ex-braceros obtain the money taken from them by the Mexican and U.
When the braceros completed the harvest, they were sent back to Mexico until the next season.
government had just agreed to allow braceros, laborers temporarily brought into the United States from Mexico, to cross the border for war work.
The Braceros were required to deposit part of their wages in forced savings accounts back in Mexico to insure their departure when their labor contracts were terminated.
Braceros also had an introduction and decided to return illegally.