Elias Moreno and Patricia Moreno

Recorded December 17, 2019 Archived December 19, 2019 40:39 minutes
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Elias (68) talks to his daughter Patricia (40) about reasons why he moved to the U.S. He spoke about what he misses about Mexico, and he spoke of his experiences living in Michigan.


  • Elias Moreno
  • Patricia Moreno

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Michigan History Center

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00:17 My name is Patricia Moreno. I'm 40 today's date is December 17th night 2019. We're at the library of Michigan with me APA my dad.

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21:25 Look at you and they think that you're they believe in I think they're right to that. You're really smart and that you're a wise man and they appreciate your friendship that you're a good man. And I was in a discussion once with some of our friends friends of the family neighbors other I won't say who but they're not the only ones I think that that you aren't one of those immigrants that came in to steal their jobs.

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34:09 Cuz I feel like like tonight. We always wiped out when you were conceived on. I just remember we always crash when you were on and I just remember was rolling around in the snow and I could see your big. You're always laughing so hard. Okay. So what is the best thing about hunting? What do you think about when you're hunting you think about us or your do you think about your life like your journey cuz you got a big life dad.

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40:05 Road balls, you know confronted life-or-death crossing the border or even have a romantic story to tell you know, you were just going to come up here work and make some money and go back to Mexico instead you fall in love with a really amazing woman. Both of you have helped me be the person I am today and I wouldn't be who I am without you guys.

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