- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 18, 2005


DALLAS — An oral history project nearing completion at the University of Texas at El Paso will offer personal stories relevant to the debate about immigration.

The university’s Oral History Institute recorded 192 interviews with former braceros, or temporary Mexican migrant workers, and others who participated in the first U.S. guest-worker program during World War II.

The stories of the Mexican workers, both the good and the bad, are relevant today because President Bush is pushing for another temporary-worker program.

The oral history project is unique because of its international scope, said Kristine Navarro, the institute’s director. Interviews were conducted in Texas, New Mexico and California, and students were dispatched deep into Mexico.

The university plans to produce a documentary based on the oral history project. Patrick Mullins, a communications professor at the university, hopes the film will add to the immigration debate.

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