My family came to the United States between 1903 and 1906. I’m sure I’ve relatives in Mexico, but I wouldn’t know where to look to find them. I know so many of their stories; to a one they all take place in the U.S.
I feel we are lucky that we know our stories and that we can go to the places where our family lived. To my knowledge none of our family members went back to Mexico as part of the Mexican Repatriations that took place in the 30s and 40s.
There were approximately 1,000,000 people that were deported to Mexico. Of that million, it’s estimated that 60% were U.S. citizens.
Two men, Francisco Balderrama and Raymond Rodriguez, studied this event and wrote their groundbreaking book “Decade of Betrayal”. It is filled with intimate stories that come from oral interviews of those who lived through the experience. First hand history, with a shot of scholarly perspective, if you will.
Mr. Rodriguez passed away June 24th. We are lucky we still can read his work.