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Beyond barbed wire, an official armed with a rubber truncheon directs braceros while others wait in line at the Monterrey Processing Center, Mexico.

Beyond barbed wire, an official armed with a rubber truncheon directs braceros while others wait in line at the Monterrey Processing Center, Mexico.

Description

During peak seasons approximately 5,000 men passed through this camp daily. The first step for processing is for the men to have their name recorded on the main list. At the Processing Center in Monterrey, Mexico the men are kept in line by Mexican policemen. A policeman used a rubber truncheon as a symbol of authority and intimidation when directing the braceros. Officials claimed that they used the rubber truncheon only 'playfully' with braceros and many of them laughed at it. The group behind the barbed wire enclosure waits to be called up to present their credentials.

Original Caption: The policeman used a rubber truncheon as an effective symbol of authority in directing the braceros to the processing line-up at the Migratory Station in Monterrey, Mexico. Approximately 5,000 men were put through this camp daily during peak periods. (A, #6) As the men line up initially to be put on the list at the Control Station in Monterrey, Mex, they are kept in line by mexican policemen. The rubber truncheon he has in his hand is used only 'playfully' on the men, and many of them laugh at it. The groups behind the barbed wire enclosure are waiting to be called up to present their credentials. (B, #10)

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Creator

Leonard Nadel

Date

1956-00-00

Bibliographic Citation

Leonard Nadel, "Beyond barbed wire, an official armed with a rubber truncheon directs braceros while others wait in line at the Monterrey Processing Center, Mexico.," in Bracero History Archive, Item #1268, http://braceroarchive.org/items/show/1268 (accessed November 27, 2021).

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