Former braceros and their heirs staged a protest in front of the Mexican Consulate in Los Ángeles to ask the Mexican government to comply with payment due them.
The former braceros and their families demanded that the Mexican government "give back the funds belonging to the workers of the program and to comply immediately with the delivery of at least 38,000 pesos to each Mexican bracero or their heirs," said Rosa Martha Zárate, of the Alliance of Ex Braceros North, 19420/1964.
"We are asking first of all that the government of México to pay them and, this year, to 40,058 braceros who remained pending when (President) Peña Nieto canceled the budget," said the activist.
It also seeks to agree on the record "of the more than 2 million braceros still left out in the U.S. and open the registration tables for them," said Zárate.
"The fact that we are here on the other side of the border has been an experience of discrimination and marginalization that we can no longer tolerate. We are here because we are not bastards of the nation," said the official.
The petition also seeks to include a method of interviews for those laborers who have no supporting documentation required by social support.
The activist stressed that the social assistance being given to the braceros does not necessarily replace the money saved by workers.
"That's not payment from their savings fund. That fund will have to be negotiated and that's why we're going after it. They declined to pay 2.5 million braceros," Zárate said.
She invited all those who are entitled to organize themselves and attend advisory groups to process the claim their money.