State of Illinois
92nd General Assembly

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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, Beginning sixty years ago, because of the  labor
 3    shortage  due  to  the United States World War II effort, the
 4    federal government issued contracts to  Mexicans  willing  to
 5    cross the border for temporary employment; and

 6        WHEREAS,  As  a result, hundreds of thousands of Mexicans
 7    worked  in  the  United  States  agricultureal   fields   and
 8    railroads as a part of the Bracero program from 1942 to 1965;
 9    and

10        WHEREAS,  A  provision  of  the  program  allowed  for 10
11    percent of the wages that the workers  earned  from  1942  to
12    1949 to be deducted and put into savings accounts; and

13        WHEREAS, This portion of their wages was to be transfered
14    through the United States government to Mexico's central bank
15    and  Mexican  banks  were  to pay out the funds to the former
16    Bracero workers upon their return to Mexico; and

17        WHEREAS, Many Bracero workers were never told  about  the
18    savings fund nor how to collect the money deducted from their
19    salary; and

20        WHEREAS,  When the former Bracero workers who knew of the
21    fund attempted to collect their wages from the Mexican banks,
22    many were unable to do so; and

23        WHEREAS, The disposition  of  these  funds  is  currently
24    unknown; and

25        WHEREAS, At the time the former Bracero workers attempted
26    to  claim  their  earnings  the account would have been worth
27    from thirty million dollars ($30,000,000)  to  sixty  million
28    dollars ($60,000,000); and

29        WHEREAS,  After  more than 50 years, a number of lawsuits
30    have been filed this year for the purpose of recouping  these
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 1    funds for the former Bracero workers; and

 2        WHEREAS,  The  former Bracero workers deserve to be heard
 3    in court and to have this issue resolved; therefore be it

 5    ASSEMBLY  OF  THE  STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we urge the United
 6    States Attorney General to make the resolution of this  issue
 7    a priority; and be it futher

 8        RESOLVED,  That  we  urge  the  United States Congress to
 9    enact appropriate legislation  requiring  the  United  States
10    Attorney  General  to resolve this case on its merits and not
11    defend the action based upon legal technicalities  including,
12    but  not  limited to, statute of limitations, laches, lack of
13    jurisdiction and the like; and be it further

14        RESOLVED, That we urge the United  States  government  to
15    fully  cooperate in the effort to determine why money owed to
16    Bracero workers was not paid, including making available  all
17    records  relating  to  the  savings  fund  program; and be it
18    further

19        RESOLVED, That  we  urge  the  United  States  government
20    through  appropiate  diplomtic  channels  to  seek  the  full
21    cooperation  of  the  Mexican  government  in  the  effort to
22    determine why money owed to Bracero  workers  was  not  paid,
23    including  making  available  all  records  from  the Mexican
24    government and public banking institutions  relating  to  the
25    savings fund program; and be it further

26        RESOLVED,  That  sitable  copies  of  this  preamble  and
27    resolution be presented to the Unites States Attorney General
28    and  the United States Secretary of State, the Speaker of the
29    United States House  of  Representatives,  the  majority  and
30    minority  leaders  of  the  House  of Representatives and the
31    majority and minority leaders of the United States Senate.

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