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

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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 Back then, Mexican workers would come across the Rio Grande River under temporary work permits granted under the bracero program. T. Christian Miller, Propublica, Kiah Collier And Julian Aguilar, star-telegram, "How federal government seized property for border fence | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 14 Dec. 2017 A program like the old bracero program that would allow seasonal workers to come across, work in agriculture and construction and then return home. Morgan Smith, The Denver Post, "Looking north from Mexico on immigration," 4 Jan. 2017

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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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