Students may soon learn about the history and impact of the Bracero Program at school, now that Senate Bill 993, which calls for the inclusion of this topic in school curriculum, has passed.
The often-ignored Bracero Program was a guest worker program set up through a series of bilateral agreements between the United States and Mexico, and was intended to fill a shortage of American workers during the WWII.
According a statement released by Sen. Kevin de León, who strongly applauds the bills passage, SB 993 calls for school curriculum to include instruction on the impact the Bracero Program has on the country’s railroad system, agriculture, and immigration in the United States. It directs that instruction include a component drawn from the Braceros’ personal testimony.
The bill now moves on to the governor for his signature.