Bracero Oral History
Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee
Socorro Flores Pando was born in Delicias, Chihuahua, México in 1942; while his father worked in the fields he helped as a water boy; in 1960, he learned of the Bracero Program and went to Chihuahua, Chihuahua to enroll; he worked in the fields of Texas.
Summary of Interview
When Mr. Flores began the hiring process in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México, he was asked for a Mexican military ID and a recommendation letter; he came to the United States as a bracero when he was only eighteen years old; upon entering the United States, he was sent to El Paso, Texas, and then to Rio Vista, a processing center in Socorro, Texas, for a physical examination; while there, he signed a job contract and was sent to the ranch where he would work; he worked in Fort Stockton, Texas, for seven months watering the fields; his weekly salary was $116.00.
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Interview with Socorro Flores Pando by Myrna Parra-Mantilla, 2003, "Interview no. 970," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.