Tuesday, July 15, 2014



Comment: Evidently the Mexican government has taken note of Common Core and other educational deficiencies in the reacquired territories and has decided to intervene?

Arizona prison system to receive gift of textbooks from Mexico
By Associated Press
Originally published: Jul 10, 2014 - 6:35 am

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Mexico's government is donating more than 1,600 Spanish-language textbooks to the Arizona Department of Corrections.

The department said the textbooks will be distributed to prisons statewide to assist inmates who are receiving educational instruction in prisons.

Arizona's state prison population includes thousands of foreign nationals, with Mexican citizens being the largest group.

Officials scheduled a Thursday presentation at the Tucson prison complex.

The department is being represented by Director Charles Ryan. The Mexican government is being represented by Roberto Rodriguez Hernandez, the Mexican consul general in Phoenix.


Note: A "pool" photo?

Immigrant flood prompts plans for Guatemalan consulate here
Immigration Overload
Ross D. Franklin

Two young girls watch a World Cup soccer match on a television from their holding area where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Nogales, Ariz. CPB provided media tours Wednesday of two locations in Brownsville, Texas, and Nogales, that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)

July 08, 2014 10:00 pm • By Darren DaRonco


The Guatemalan government plans to open a consulate in Tucson to help deal with the wave of immigrants from that country illegally crossing into the United States and winding up in at the downtown Greyhound station.

Guatemala's consul general in Phoenix, Jímena Díaz, said the nation had considered opening an office in Tucson months ago, but recent events hastened those plans.
"With the huge amount of immigrants coming to Tucson, they decided to open it as soon as possible," Díaz said.

Talk about a Tucson office surfaced last week when Guatemala's first lady, Rosa Leal de Pérez, visited Tucson, Díaz said. But the discussion was only cursory.

Next week a consulate staffer will visit Tucson to check out sites.

Díaz said an opening date for the office depends on how soon a suitable space can be found. She said Guatemala was looking for an office comparable to the current Mexican Consulate in Tucson.

A city official said a meeting was scheduled Tuesday morning to show a consulate representative several potential office sites, but the representative canceled.

City Councilman Steve Kozachik, who orchestrated the meeting, said the tour would have included La Placita, the new Pima County Courthouse, the Transamerica Building and four other sites.

Kozachik said no city money will be spent on the Guatemalan Consulate. He said a private real estate agent was going to show the properties.


Guatemala had a person in Tucson who was working with immigrants as they arrived at the Greyhound station. But they had to eliminate that position recently because the money ran out to fund it, Díaz said.

And that has placed a larger burden on social-service groups assisting the roughly 30 immigrants who arrive at the Greyhound station every day, Kozachik said.

Kozachik said that person would be Immigration and Customs Enforcement's contact for immigrants getting dropped off at the Greyhound station.

"We've got volunteers now just hanging out at the bus station not having any idea who's coming, when and how many," said Kozachik, who held a meeting a few weeks ago to coordinate local nonprofit agencies to address the bus station.

He said if the Guatemalan government has enough money to pay for the first lady to take a sightseeing trip to Tucson, it can continue to pay for a liaison at the bus station.

"The people of Tucson have been carrying their load for long enough," Kozachik said. "It's well past time that they do something other than just send a dignitary here to survey the situation, do some photo ops and head back home thinking something had been accomplished."

Díaz said a consulate representative would split time between Nogales and Tucson until the consulate opens.


Note: meanwhile back at the border.

BP agents seize 29 pounds of meth, arrest 1
Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized 29.8 pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated $89,400 and arrested one suspected smuggler Wednesday. The meth was hidden inside the gas tank seen here.

Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2014 7:27 pm | Updated: 11:21 pm, Thu Jul 10, 2014.
From staff reports


Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized 29.8 pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated $89,400 and arrested one suspected smuggler Wednesday.
Agents assigned to Blythe Station working at the immigration checkpoint on Highway 78 referred a vehicle to a secondary inspection area after a working dog indicated the possible presence of contraband inside the vehicle.
After the driver reportedly consented to a vehicle search, agents allegedly discovered 14 shrink-wrapped packages of meth hidden in two non-factory compartments within the gas tank.
The driver was arrested and the meth and vehicle were seized.


Arizona man shot outside casino in Nogales, Sonora
Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 2:48 pm | Updated: 3:03 pm, Fri Jul 11, 2014.
Nogales International


An Arizona man was taken to a local hospital after being shot last night in the parking lot of a Nogales, Sonora casino, authorities said.
The 26-year-old man was shot twice by an unknown assailant at approximately 11:35 p.m. Thursday outside a business in the El Greco neighborhood, the Sonora State Investigative Police (PEI) said in a news release. The Nogales, Sonora municipal police said the business was the Caliente casino.
The PEI identified the victim as Jose Miguel Espinoza Sanchez of Tucson; the municipal police called him Jose Miguel Mendoza Sanchez and said he lives in Rio Rico.
According to the PEI, Sanchez and two other people were in the parking lot when a late-model vehicle pulled up and two men got out and walked toward them. One of the men then pulled out a handgun and shot Sanchez before both subjects got back into their vehicle and fled.
The municipal police report cited an eyewitness as describing the vehicle as a white, Jeep Cherokee-type SUV. That report also said one of the bullets entered the left side of Sanchez's back, puncturing a lung before exiting from his left chest. The other bullet struck him in the right buttock and exited his groin area, injuring his bladder in the process.
Paramedics from the Cruz Roja brought Sanchez to a local hospital, and he was then transferred to a hospital in Nogales, Ariz., both police agencies said. A spokeswoman at Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales did not immediately respond to a message seeking information on his condition.
The PEI said investigators recovered two 45-millimeter shell casings at the scene of the shooting.


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