Bracero Oral History
Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee
Mauricio Salcido was born on September 13, 1936, in Durango, Durango, México; at the age of twenty-one, he became a bracero; he worked in Phoenix, Arizona, Michigan, Montana, and Texas from 1957 to 1964.
Summary of Interview
Mr. Salcido worked in the Bracero Program from 1957 to 1964; he recalls the hiring process for braceros, the medical exams they endured and how they were treated at the reception centers in Empalme, Sonora, México and the United States; additionally, he describes picking cotton in Arizona, cucumbers in Michigan, sugar beets in Montana, and irrigating cotton in Texas; he explains his pride in having been a bracero, the benefits of being a contracted migrant worker, and how his earnings during the Bracero Program helped him purchase the properties he owns.
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Interview with Mauricio Salcido Hernández by Laureano Martínez, 2003, "Interview no. 1018," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.