Labor: Deathtrap for Wetbacks

Barely audible cries and the muffled thudding of fists came from a rented truck parked beneath a pitiless sun in San Antonio, Texas. Summoned to in vestigate, police smashed the truck's locked back door, peered inside and recoiled. Crammed into the airless, oven-hot space were 47 Mexican laborers. One was dead, two dying. Fifteen others had to be hospitalized for heat prostration. The truck driver had fled. For the hapless Mexicans, it was the end of a dream of jobs in Chicago as illegal wetback immigrants. Each had paid 1,250 pesos ($100) to be brought into the U.S. by smugglers...

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