Interviewee

Miguel Ortega

Interviewer

Violeta Domínguez

Project

Bracero Oral History

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Miguel Ortega was born in Miacatlán, Morelos, México; his father worked in sugar cane fields; at the age of twelve, he joined his father in the fields; he was in the Bracero Program from 1957 to 1964; he worked in Arizona packing lettuce and in California cutting celery.

Summary of Interview

Mr. Ortega recalls his childhood in Miacatlán, Morelos, México; he states that when he was twelve years old, he began working with his father in sugar cane fields; additionally, he remembers that he moved to Empalme, Sonora, México in 1957 to secure a bracero contract; he relates the help he received there while waiting to enlist in the program, and the process he encountered at the contracting center; furthermore, he remembers his trip to the United States-México border, and how he was treated at the processing center in El Centro, California; he details how the fumigation process was carried out, and how their paper work was created; moreover, he recounts working in Arizona and California packing lettuce and cutting celery; he discusses what his daily workload was like, and the physical difficulties the work entailed; to conclude, he reflects on what his life would have been like had he stayed in the U.S. after the program was done.

Date of Interview

8-5-2003

Length of Interview

116 minutes

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Tape Number

No. 1054

Transcript Number

No. 1054

Length of Transcript

74 pages

Interview Number

No. 1054

Terms of Use

Unrestricted

Comments

Interview in Spanish.

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