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Braceros Win $14.6M Settlement After 60-Year Wait

Law360 (October 15, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has tentatively approved a settlement in which the Mexican government will pay 150 million pesos, or roughly $14.6 million, to a class of Mexican farm and railroad laborers who worked in the United States during and directly after World War II.

The workers — known as braceros, or manual laborers — alleged that they were made to do back-breaking labor under horrible conditions, and that they were then deprived of 10 percent of their wages by the Mexican government.

The wages were allegedly...
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