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Update: easing the way for Mexican-American reparations

The California legislature, probably the nation’s busiest when it comes to stoking the fires of reparations litigation, has now passed and sent to Gov. Gray Davis a bill reopening the statute of limitations so as to allow state residents of Mexican descent to sue over forced deportations of their ancestors (or in a few long-lived cases themselves) during the 1930s. The intended targets of such litigation (see Jul. 28) include local governments and business groups that are said to have collaborated in the deportation campaigns. The legislature has already employed the tactic of reopening statutes of limitation in order to promote “claims for Holocaust victims insurance claims, Armenian Genocide victims, World War II slave labor and braceros”. (“Bill gives 1930s deportees until 2007 to seek damages”, San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 12).