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Jesús Aranda Morales


Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee: Jesús Aranda Morales was born in Gran Morelos, Chihuahua, México, in 1936; he started working when he was only nine years old; years later, in 1957, at the age of twenty, he came to the United States; he worked in the cotton and cucumber fields of Texas and New Mexico and the beet fields of Nebraska and Montana.

Summary of Interview: Mr. Morales traveled to Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México, in order to begin the hiring process for the bracero program; the only requirement was a Mexican Military ID card; he waited at El Trocadero, a processing center there in Chihuahua, for eight days to be hired; from there he was taken to Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, where he had to pay $1.00 in order to get a place where he could spend the night; he was then sent to Rio Vista, a processing center in Socorro, Texas; he was then finally taken to Dell City, Texas, where there was a kind of Bracero Association; the ranchers would meet there to hire the braceros; he recalls that he and other braceros would use sign language to communicate with the ranchers; during their free time, they would pay 50¢ to see a movie.




Parra-Mantilla, Myrna



Bibliographic Citation

Parra-Mantilla, Myrna, "Jesús Aranda Morales," in Bracero History Archive, Item #3, http://braceroarchive.org/items/show/3 (accessed February 18, 2019).

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