Socorro Flores Pando


Myrna Parra-Mantilla


Bracero Oral History

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Socorro Flores Pando was born in Delicias, Chihuahua, México in 1942; while his father worked in the fields he helped as a water boy; in 1960, he learned of the Bracero Program and went to Chihuahua, Chihuahua to enroll; he worked in the fields of Texas.

Summary of Interview

When Mr. Flores began the hiring process in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México, he was asked for a Mexican military ID and a recommendation letter; he came to the United States as a bracero when he was only eighteen years old; upon entering the United States, he was sent to El Paso, Texas, and then to Rio Vista, a processing center in Socorro, Texas, for a physical examination; while there, he signed a job contract and was sent to the ranch where he would work; he worked in Fort Stockton, Texas, for seven months watering the fields; his weekly salary was $116.00.

Date of Interview


Length of Interview

26 minutes

Tape Number

No. 970

Transcript Number

No. 970

Length of Transcript

20 pages

Interview Number

No. 970

Terms of Use



Interview in Spanish.