Margarita Flores


Mireya Loza


Bracero Oral History

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Margarita Flores was born in México; she was the oldest of nine children; her mother was a teacher and her father, Jesus Corella, worked as a bracero at Sparks Ranch in El Paso, Texas.

Summary of Interview

Ms. Flores briefly recalls her childhood and the financial difficulties her parents endured; Ms. Flores recalls that she and her mother were in the United States without documentation; her father went through the contracting center in Juárez, Chihuahua, México; upon being hired, he was sent to Rio Vista, a processing center in Socorro, Texas; she and her parents were allowed to reside at Sparks Ranch, while the majority of the other braceros were transported to another camp; her mother’s primary duties on the ranch consisted of cooking for the braceros; as a bracero, her father completed one contract and labored in the fields of El Paso, Texas for approximately a year and a half; at the end of his contract, he received letters of recommendation which he later used to obtain his Resident Passport.

Date of Interview


Length of Interview

13 minutes

Tape Number

No. 1100

Transcript Number

No. 1100

Length of Transcript

7 pages

Interview Number

No. 1100

Terms of Use



Interview in Spanish.