Ezequiel García


Jenny Mota


Bracero Oral History

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Ezequiel García was 20 years old in 1952 when he entered the Bracero Program. He and his family are now settled in Oxnard, California.

Summary of Interview

Ezequiel García entered the Bracero Program in 1952 when he was 20 years old. As a bracero in the Bracero Program, Ezequiel pick various fruits, vegetables and plants such as sugar beets, tomato, cabbage, lettuce, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower and tobacco. Ezequiel earned $0.75 cents an hour for his work in the Bracero Program and worked for several different employers for lengthy amounts of time. He recounts nothing but fond memories and feels grateful to his employers who treated him well. Ezequiel found the procedures for entrance to the Bracero Programs in order and without problems. Ezequiel worked very hard to save money to support his family by renting a home and eventually purchasing a home for his family. Through his small network of connections, Ezequiel was able to bring his wife over from México with him in the United States with the necessary documentation. For him, having been a bracero brings pride and satisfaction for having worked so hard for so many years.

Date of Interview


Length of Interview

21 minutes

Tape Number

No. 1400

Transcript Number

No. 1400

Length of Transcript

9 pages

Interview Number

No. 1400

Terms of Use



Interview in Spanish.