Laureano Martínez


Bracero Oral History

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Mauricio Salcido was born on September 13, 1936, in Durango, Durango, México; at the age of twenty-one, he became a bracero; he worked in Phoenix, Arizona, Michigan, Montana, and Texas from 1957 to 1964.

Summary of Interview

Mr. Salcido worked in the Bracero Program from 1957 to 1964; he recalls the hiring process for braceros, the medical exams they endured and how they were treated at the reception centers in Empalme, Sonora, México and the United States; additionally, he describes picking cotton in Arizona, cucumbers in Michigan, sugar beets in Montana, and irrigating cotton in Texas; he explains his pride in having been a bracero, the benefits of being a contracted migrant worker, and how his earnings during the Bracero Program helped him purchase the properties he owns.

Date of Interview


Length of Interview

60 minutes

Tape Number

No. 1018

Transcript Number

No. 1018

Length of Transcript

64 pages

Interview Number

No. 1018

Terms of Use



Interview in Spanish.