Myrna Parra-Mantilla


Bracero Oral History

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Jesús Rodríguez Méndez was born in Guerrero, Chihuahua, México, in 1940; he helped his father work the land; due to the financial strain he and his family were under, he was never able to receive any formal schooling; he worked as a bracero for the first time in 1963, in Pecos, Texas.

Summary of Interview

Mr. Rodríguez learned of the Bracero Program while living in his hometown of Guerrero, Chihuahua, México; he traveled to Chihuahua, Chihuahua, in order to begin the enrollment process; he had to wait for two weeks to be called; during this time, he did not have money or a place to stay; he recalls that people coming from southern México waited for months at El Trocadero, the processing center in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, to be hired; when the braceros were officially hired, the United States government paid the Mexican government 10¢ per bracero; in 1963, he was hired and sent to work in Pecos, Texas.

Date of Interview


Length of Interview

24 minutes

Tape Number

No. 989

Transcript Number

No. 989

Length of Transcript

16 pages

Interview Number

No. 989

Terms of Use



Interview in Spanish.