immigration agent at Hidalgo Texas asked my Dad for his Bracero ID card

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immigration agent at Hidalgo Texas asked my Dad for his Bracero ID card

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Analui Martinez

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Unfortunately my dad, who was a bracero during 1958-63, does not have any proof or evidence that he was actually a bracero worker back then. My dad recalls that after he became a legal US resident one time he was traveling from Tamaulipas to Houston, an immigration agent from the border in Hidalgo saw his bracero ID card in my dad’s wallet and kindly asked if he could have it for his personal collection purposes, so my dad gave him his card (I still cant believe my dad did this). My dad says the agent convinced him by saying he would never need it since the program was over and he was now a legal resident. He never knew the name of this agent. Now my dad has no other way to prove his background as bracero since he never imagined he would sometime in his life need his id, check stubs or contracts from these companies that were enrolled in the bracero programs back then. He can’t recall the names of the companies he worked for since he would work for a company for a month and then work for another one the next month and since the companies names were in English it would be more difficult for him to remember the names. My Dad is currently living in Houston Texas. If you have a family member who had his bracero id card collected by an Hidalgo border agent perhaps together we can investigate about this person or testify about this as a group. Does anyone out there knows anything about immigration agents who got these bracero id cards for personal collection purposes please contact me at tamu50@hotmail.com.. Is there a place here in texas or in mexico that perhaps has records of all these bracero people who worked in the US back then?

Lamentablemente mi padre que fue bracero desde 1958-63 no cuenta con ningun tipo de evidencia para probar que fue uno de estos trabajadores. Mi padre dice que despues de haber arreglado su residencia y al cruzar el puente hacia los estados unidos,un oficial de la immigracion (nunca supo su nombre) en hidalgo texas le pidio cortesmente la identificacion de bracero al versela en su cartera diciendole que el las estaba coleccionando y que ya no la iba a necesitar lo cual mi papa hizo (que se me hace increible que mi padre haya hecho esto ya que es una persona muy desconfiada con documentos importantes sobre todo tarjetas de identificacion) y ahora no sabe como mostrar evidencia ya que jamas imagino que iba a necesitar sus talones de cheques o contratos alguna ves en su vida, mi padre vive en Houston, Texas, Si tienes algun familiar que le paso lo mismo con su tarjeta con algun agente de Hidalgo, alomejor juntos podemos averiguar o testiguar que hubo alguien en immigracion coleccionando estas tarjetas de identificacion..Alguien tiene informacion sobre trabajadores de imigracion que estuvieron coleccionando estas tarjetas porfavor contacteme a tamu50@hotmail.com??...hay algun lugar aqui en texas que hayan guardado records de toda esta gente que venia a trabajar aca?
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Analui Martinez, “immigration agent at Hidalgo Texas asked my Dad for his Bracero ID card,” Bracero History Archive, accessed July 1, 2022, https://braceroarchive.org/items/show/3233.