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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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Migrant Workers And The Situation In The Upper Midwest
Program #
Politics, Society

Armando GutiƩrrez
Carolina Mata
Feb 9, 1979

Migrant Workers and the situation in the Upper Midwest

Carolina Mata discusses some of the problems facing the migrant community and the programs designed to help them. Mata explains that she has been traveling the migrant circuit since she was five years old and in 1975 she became involved in the North Dakota Migrant Council. She comments on the problems of health and housing for farm workers. She notes that some farmers offer either substandard housing or none at all. Moreover, programs designed to help migrants suffer from a lack of continuity and reliability. She also describes some educational programs for migrant children that help them make up the time lost when they are traveling.

She then describes how her family prepares for the migrant season and a typical work day. She also comments on the situation of children in fields, and speaks in favor of child labor laws and programs that care for children while their parents work in the fields. Mata then discusses the negative impact of automation of migrants.

In her time working in the fields and on behalf of migrants, she has seen little improvements and few tangible results from the many expensive workshops the federal government has organized. She argues that more migrant participation and organization is need to actually change their conditions. She believes many are afraid to complain or speak up because they fear possible retribution.


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