Bracero Oral History
Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee
Mauro González Gómez was born in La Boquilla, Municipio de Julimes, Chihuahua, México, in 1929; he helped his father work the land; in 1949, he learned about the Bracero Program and went to Chihuahua, Chihuahua to enroll; he worked in Texas and New Mexico.
Summary of Interview
In 1947, Mr. González worked illegally in the United States; when he learned of the Bracero Program he returned to Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México, to begin the hiring process; while there, people were given the necessary papers to be hired as braceros; he recalls that the bracero center in El Paso, Texas, was the County Coliseum; people with less experience were sent to work in Pecos, Texas; he also recalls one bracero who was a Mexican soldier that liked to play poker; because of his gambling habits, he once killed another bracero who had won his money.
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Interview with Mauro González Gómez by Myrna Parra-Mantilla, 2003, "Interview no. 973," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.