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I could not find evidence of interviews. However, there is an interesting article that has some citations that may prove useful to you. It is available in full-text online:
Hopefully, someone else will be able to lead you to the interviews.
Southwest Collection Librarian
New Mexico State Library
To: Librarian Amy Shaefer
Thank you, Amy Schaefer. I have printed out the article and will read it. It is very courteous of you to take to time to reply to our inquiry. We appreciate your response.
Charles and Donna Byler
Dear Mr. Byler,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
While we were not able to locate explicit files of interviews of these refugees in the National Archives Catalog you may find information relevant to your research in the series Subject and Policy Files, 1906 - 1957 in Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (Record Group 85), particularly under the case file number 54152/79B. This case file is cited by Andrew Urban in his article Asylum in the Midst of Chinese Exclusion: Pershing’s Punitive Expedition and the Columbus Refugees from Mexico, 1916-1921 (Reference No. 1). For more information regarding these records and the indexes to the series, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In addition, all Immigration and Naturalization Service records are now overseen by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS maintains duplicate copies of court records (including the certificate of citizenship) created from September 27, 1906 through March 31, 1956 within Certificate Files (C-Files). Beginning on April 1, 1956, INS began filing all naturalization records in a subject’s Alien File (A-File). C-Files and certain A-Files may be requested through the USCIS Genealogy Program.
We suggest that you review the publication Registration of Refugee Chinese: Hearings Before the Committee on Immigration and Naturalization, House of Representatives, Sixty-Seventh Congress First Session on S.J. Res. 33 that may be useful in guiding your research. It includes information regarding the movements and assignments of these refugees by the Bureau of Immigration that may assist you in locating relevant records.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
Thank you, Mr. Dabbs, your prompt response was very helpful indeed! I have submitted an Index search request and am printing out the Senate Report now.
It is such a pleasure to receive so much detailed assistance in response to my inquiry.
Charles and Donna Byler