Luis C. Marín


Annette Shreibati


Bracero Oral History

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Luis C. Marín was born on August 25, 1918, in Rivas Palacios, Chihuahua, México; he had five siblings, two sisters and two brothers; his parents worked in agriculture; he became a bracero in 1942 and worked in New Mexico picking cotton, driving tractors and irrigating.

Summary of Interview

Mr. Marín states that he was contracted in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México, and he entered the United States through El Paso, Texas: he recalls the process he went through in El Paso, and how he was medically examined; additionally, he remembers that most braceros did not want to work in Texas due to the harsh treatment they received; he describes being at Rio Vista processing center; moreover, he recounts that he worked as a bracero until 1955 with only one farmer in New Mexico; he relates what his family life was like as a bracero, and how his children were born in Anthony, New Mexico and Canutillo, Texas; furthermore, he describes his life after being a bracero, how he became a resident, and how he later moved to Blythe, California.

Date of Interview


Length of Interview

43 minutes

Tape Number

No. 1187

Transcript Number

No. 1187

Length of Transcript

35 pages

Interview Number

No. 1187

Terms of Use



Interview in Spanish.