Dr. Pedro A. Ortega

Title

Dr. Pedro A. Ortega

Description

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee: Dr. Pedro A. Ortega, M.D. was born in Alquizar, Havana, Cuba, on February 22, 1927; while in Cuba, he was employed at a clinic for the workers and family of an American owned nickel processing plant; in 1961, he came to the United States, and shortly thereafter he was offered a position at the Public Health Office in El Paso, Texas; he worked at Rio Vista, a bracero processing center in Socorro, Texas, until it closed.


Summary of Interview: Dr. Ortega recalls how he was employed as a surgeon at a hospital for the workers and family of an American owned nickel processing plant; the plant was attacked and bombed, which caused him to flee the country; in 1961, he came into the United States through Miami, Florida, at the very beginning of the Castro regime; after being in the U.S. for only two weeks, he was offered a position with the Public Health Office in El Paso, Texas, working at Rio Vista, a bracero processing center in Socorro, Texas; he describes the various procedures the braceros went through while there at Rio Vista and his role in them; his ability to speak Spanish proved to be very helpful; he briefly mentions the Mexican coyotes who charged men for the opportunity to become braceros; in addition, he comments that he never saw any evidence of prostitution while there; he blames the Mexican politicians for the failure of the bracero program, and he concludes that he would be willing to help restart the program because he feels there is a need for it.

Creator

Baquera, Richard
Ortega,Dr. Pedro A.

Date

2003-03-21

Subject

Public Health Office

Contributor

Cristóbal Borges

Rights

Institute of Oral History, The University of Texas at El Paso

Language

eng

title (Spanish)

Dr. Pedro A. Ortega, M.D.

creator (Spanish)

Baquera, Richard

contributor (Spanish)

Cristóbal A. Borges

Rights Holder

Institute of Oral History, The University of Texas at El Paso

Interviewer

Baquera, Richard

Interviewee

Ortega, Dr. Pedro A.

Location

El Paso, Texas

Original Format

Mini Disc

Duration

43:22

Bit Rate/Frequency

24 bit
96 k

File Name Identifier

Ortega_ELP036

Citation

Baquera, Richard and Ortega,Dr. Pedro A., “Dr. Pedro A. Ortega,” Bracero History Archive, accessed September 27, 2022, https://braceroarchive.org/items/show/79.