bra·​ce·​ro | \ brä-ˈser-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce bracero (audio) , -ˈse-(ˌ)rō \
plural braceros

Definition of bracero

: a Mexican laborer admitted to the U.S. especially for seasonal contract labor in agriculture

Examples of bracero in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Los Angeles Times In Migrant’s Bend Plaza in downtown Los Angeles, a new statue honors braceros, the Mexican nationals who temporarily migrated to the U.S. to help fill labor shortages during and after World War II. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: The changing economy of college sports," 1 Oct. 2019 The 85-year-old first came to the United States as a bracero working in California's tomato fields decades ago. Jaqueline Hurtado And Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, "As Trump touts his border wall, Los Angeles is about to unveil a monument to migrants," 29 Sep. 2019 Filberto was brought to the U.S. legally by his father, who was part of the bracero Mexican labor program. Peter Martinez, CBS News, "Pineros, invisible men of the pines, are on the front lines of preventing explosive wildfires," 28 Oct. 2019 My father was a bracero, and obtained legal status here. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "An El Paso Immigration Lawyer Advocates for the Victims of Mass Violence," 8 Aug. 2019 When most American farmers left for World War II, the bracero program brought in Mexican migrant workers to fill the farming gap. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Missing Toni Morrison: raceAhead," 6 Aug. 2019 Chavez famously fought to end the bracero program that brought millions of Mexican temporary laborers north in the decades after World War II, depressing wages for the largely immigrant workforce already north of the border. Geoffrey Mohan,, "How California's farm labor shortage made friends of old rivals," 6 July 2018 His father picked cantaloupes in California's Central Valley as part of the bracero guest worker program, which, for more than two decades, beginning in the 1940s, allowed Mexican men to work in the United States legally on temporary contracts. Jill Leovy,, "A personal perspective on Mexico's mass exodus to the United States," 2 July 2018 Ruben Frausto Serna left Zacatecas, Mexico, in 1956 for the bracero program at age 20. Brittny Mejia,, "Amid rising tensions between President Trump and California, L.A. honors the braceros," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of bracero

1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bracero

Spanish, laborer, from brazo arm, from Latin bracchium

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“Bracero.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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