Bracero Oral History
Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee
Margarita Flores was born in México; she was the oldest of nine children; her mother was a teacher and her father, Jesus Corella, worked as a bracero at Sparks Ranch in El Paso, Texas.
Summary of Interview
Ms. Flores briefly recalls her childhood and the financial difficulties her parents endured; Ms. Flores recalls that she and her mother were in the United States without documentation; her father went through the contracting center in Juárez, Chihuahua, México; upon being hired, he was sent to Rio Vista, a processing center in Socorro, Texas; she and her parents were allowed to reside at Sparks Ranch, while the majority of the other braceros were transported to another camp; her mother’s primary duties on the ranch consisted of cooking for the braceros; as a bracero, her father completed one contract and labored in the fields of El Paso, Texas for approximately a year and a half; at the end of his contract, he received letters of recommendation which he later used to obtain his Resident Passport.
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Interview with Margarita Flores by Mireya Loza, 2008, "Interview no. 1100," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.