Bracero Oral History Project
Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee
Inez Rios was born in El Paso, Texas, on April 20, 1936; she grew up on a farm near Ysleta, Texas, with her eight brothers and sisters; her father was the head foreman on the farm where they lived; braceros were often hired to help with the land and harvesting of cotton.
Summary of Interview
Ms. Rios recalls her childhood and what it was like growing up on a farm near Ysleta, Texas, where her father was the foreman; she recalls that prior to the Bracero Program, there were a number of undocumented workers on the farm; they were often caught by immigration services and returned to México; sometime later, roughly in 1948, braceros were hired to work on the farm; they were contracted through Rio Vista, a processing center in Socorro, Texas; she recalls how the braceros were chosen and transported to the farm; in addition, she remembers what their living conditions were like, their specific jobs and wages, the kinds of food and clothes they bought, and how she and her family often helped them; during the 1950s, she worked in Oregon and Washington for about nine years because the pay there was much better than it was in El Paso, Texas; there were also braceros working in Washington at that time; sometimes German POWs would pick cotton as well.
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Interview with Inez Rios by Richard Baquera, 2003, "Interview No. 1569," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.