Bracero Oral History Project
Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee
Celia Berton was born in El Paso, Texas, in December of 1934; upon graduating from Loretto Academy, she took a civil service exam; her qualifications for typing and stenography led to her to work for INS, the Immigration and Naturalization Service; she worked as a bilingual court typist for the Bracero Program at Rio Vista, a processing center in Socorro, Texas.
Summary of Interview
During the summer of 1953, while going to school at Texas Western College, she worked as a bilingual court typist for the Bracero Program at Rio Vista, a processing center in Socorro, Texas, where she received minimal training; her primary responsibility was to interview braceros in Spanish and fill out their paperwork in English; she explains the procedures the braceros had to go through while there, which included medical exams, a shower, a haircut from the on-site barbershop, photographs, and fingerprints; she worked at Rio Vista, for a total of two years and also half a year at the Santa Fe Bridge in El Paso, Texas.
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Interview with Celia Berton Castro by Fernanda Carrillo, 2003, "Interview No. 1552," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.