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Elías Espino


Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee: Elías Espino was born in Meoqui, Chihuahua, México, in 1929; his mother was a housewife and his father was a carpenter; he attended school for only a short time; he worked in construction until he was fourteen years old; in 1942, he learned of the Bracero Program and immigrated to the United States.

Summary of Interview: Mr. Espino was first hired in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he worked for a year; during his time as a bracero he worked in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, and Arizona; he recounts his difficulties while working illegally; he also recalls the percentage the Mexican government received from the United States for each bracero worker; he lead a protest to stop the delousing process for braceros entering the United States; in addition, he also remembers that the bracero program was suspended for an entire year in 1959.




Parra-Mantilla, Myrna



Bibliographic Citation

Parra-Mantilla, Myrna, "Elías Espino," in Bracero History Archive, Item #7, http://braceroarchive.org/items/show/7 (accessed February 18, 2019).

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