Bracero Oral History
Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee
Guadalupe Núñez was born in Saucillo, Chihuahua, México, in 1941; he and his brothers helped care for the cattle and ranch that their father owned; he helped his family until he was twenty years old; he knew that if he wanted to enroll in the Bracero Program, he had to put his name on a town list; in 1964, he worked in Pecos, Texas.
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Mr. Núñez recalls that during his enrollment process in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México, there were only Mexican officers present; there were no American representatives; in addition, there were no exams or contracts given there; the United States government paid the Mexican government about 27¢ for each bracero that was hired; it was when they were moved to Rio Vista, a processing center in Socorro, Texas, that they were medically examined and signed contracts; he recalls that it was the last year of the program; his work contract lasted only three months, and took him to work in the cotton fields of Pecos, Texas.
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Interview with Guadalupe Nuñez by Myrna Parra-Mantilla, 2003, "Interview no. 981," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.