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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.]
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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
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(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]
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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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government canceled the bracero guest-worker visa program for low-skilled Mexican farm workers in 1964.
The authorAEs interviews with 60 girls over a six-year period reveal the experiences of Mexican teen girls in transnational families, especially girls who were left behind in Mexico while their fathers worked in the US through the Bracero Program and other programs that allowed Mexican men to work in the US temporarily.
The number of farm jobs certified to be filled by H-2A workers tripled over the past decade to 200,000 in FY17 and may surpass the peak number of Braceros by 2025 (the Bracero guest workerA0x20programA0x20ran from 1942 to 1964; at its peak in the mid-1950s, more than 450,000 Mexican workers participated in it each year).
Oral histories of the Bracero Program--the migrant farm worker program that ran in the U.S.
The 1964 termination of the bracero program, which recruited Mexican guest workers to work on American farms, had "little measurable effect on the labor market for domestic farm workers." That is the conclusion of Immigration Restrictions as Active Labor Market Policy: Evidence from the Mexican Bracero Exclusion (NBER Working Paper No.
Any bracero could become a reengancho, irrespective of whether they had previously arrived on the island as shanghaied or authorized subjects.
Labor shortages during the First World War led to the first Bracero Program for Mexican guest workers between 1917 and 1921.