Ordonez, Luis 1989-06-01

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Luis Ordóñez talks about his life and education in Mexico, his migration to the United States and the types of jobs he had, and his participation in unions and other organizations.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Luis Ordonez

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: June 1, 1989

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Yolanda Romero

Length: 120 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: his birth place and the education he received; the first time he migrated to the United States; Mentions different movements and stages in the United States and Mexico; his father’s migration to the United States; the conditions in the United States when he first migrated to the United States; his several deportations; young men who came back from the Vietnam War and became border patrol agents; about the treatment that Mexican immigrants received by deportation agents; different stories about his deportations and the ways used to come back to the United States illegally.
Tape 1, Side 2: his work at the newspaper company; his participation in labor unions and the strikes they would perform; the seasons for each crop and explains agriculture in detail; Mexicans’ work conditions in onion labors; conditions that the labor union was able to improve for agriculture workers; different companies that the union had to confront by means of strikes.
Tape 2, Side 1: strikes (cont.); the agricultural working conditions; labor camps; the living conditions in different states of the United States; the women’s position in the work force and the conditions they must endure at work; compares different labor organizations.
Tape 2, Side 2: different methods used to cross the border illegally from Mexico to the United States; the risks people crossing the border is confronted by and tells personal stories; different jobs that he had in the United States; his arrival to Lubbock, Texas.

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Access Information

Original Recording Format: audio cassette

Recording Format Notes: original recording digitized, CD copy available in Reading Room

Transcript: Spanish and English draft transcripts available in Reading Room

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