Bracero Oral History Project
Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee
Socorro Perez was born and raised in El Paso, Texas; in 1954, she began working as a clerk and typist at Rio Vista, a bracero processing center in Socorro, Texas; she continued working there until 1957, and she later went on to become a teacher in the Ysleta and Socorro Independent School Districts.
Summary of Interview
Ms. Perez recalls how she spent her childhood and adolescence moving around in El Paso; after graduating from high school, her uncle, who worked for the employment commission, informed her that there were job openings at the local immigration offices; she applied and went through the hiring process; upon being hired in 1954, she began working as a clerk and typist at Rio Vista, a bracero processing center in Socorro, Texas; she describes what her duties consisted of while working there and the kinds of questions she asked the braceros; her observations of the braceros led her to conclude that they were humble people, and that more often than not, they were taken advantage of; she goes on to describe why she stopped working there in 1957; later, in 1972, she went back to working for immigration, but only part-time; she ends with general comments and observations about the braceros.
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Interview with Socorro Perez by Richard Baquera, 2003, "Interview No. 1564," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.