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College Girl Named Police Chief in Mexican Border Town

Marisol Valles García (Image via Raymundo Ruiz, AP)

Marisol Valles García (Image via Raymundo Ruiz, AP)

UPDATE [3/11/11]: CNN reports that Marisol Valles García was fired from her post as police chief after failing to return to work after taking a leave of absence. Unofficial accounts say that Valles Garcia fled to the United States to seek asylum. “Marisol Valles Garcia is in the United States and she will have the opportunity to present the facts of her case before an impartial immigration judge. Absent a signed privacy waiver, there are no additional details,” says an official with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Original Article

Marisol Valles García is a 20-year-old criminology major. She’s also the new police chief of Praxedis G. Guerrero, a Mexican border town that has a history of drug cartel violence. After the former police chief was assassinated, Valles was the only applicant for the position. She has lived in Praxedis G. Guerrero for the past ten years.

Many of the town’s residents are afraid to leave their homes at night, when the drug cartels are on the move. “Everyone is afraid and it’s very natural,” said Valles. “What motivates me here is that the project [to make the community safer] is very good and can do a lot for my town. I know that we are going to change and remove this.” She has been assigned two body guards but does not carry a gun, reports Aol News. Just this year, 11 Mexican mayors have been killed, including the former mayor of Guadalupe.

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Hispanic History Banned in Arizona [VIDEO]

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne

In a state already rife with immigration battles, Arizona is banning Mexican-American studies and other “ethnic” studies classes from being taught in high school. The law will go into effect on December 31st. The law will prohibit any classes that “promote the overthrow of the United States government … promote resentment toward a race or class of people … (or) advocate ethnic solidarity instead of treatment of pupils as individuals.” Any school that does not comply can have 10 percent of its funding withheld.

Educators dedicated to keeping a Hispanic perspective alive in high school curricula are fighting back. Eleven teachers from Tucson, Arizona, are suing the state board of eduction and superintendent this week, calling the new law “anti-Hispanic.”

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne defended the ban. “In the lawsuit, they claimed that this legislation constituted discrimination,” Horne told CNN. “It’s exactly backwards. The idea behind the legislation is that students need to treat each other as individuals … and not what race they were born into.” He further claims that the classes teach students that Arizona “is occupied territory that should be given back.”

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University of Texas Student Killed in Mexico

University of Texas at Brownsville

University of Texas at Brownsville

If you were planning a trip to Mexico anytime soon, you should probably rethink your plans.

There has been a war going on in Mexico since 2007, but most people are not talking about it. Although it’s not technically a war, more than 23,000 people have died due to this conflict between different drug cartels and the Mexican government, according to Yahoo.

One of the people who have lost their lives in Mexico recently was Jonathan William Torres, a freshman at the University of Texas at Brownsville. Torres was shot and killed on October 6, 2010 in Matamoros, Mexico. Officials do not yet know if his death was connected to the drug wars; however, the university is trying to get more information concerning his death. Read the rest of this entry »



Mexican Immigrant Student Faces Possible Deportation

Jessica Colotl: Image Via MyFoxAtlanta

Jessica Colotl: Image Via MyFoxAtlanta

A college student from Kennesaw State University could face deportation next year.

Jessica Colotl, a 21-year-old Mexican immigrant, was arrested in March for driving without a license.

On May 12, a Georgia sheriff filed a felony charge against Colotl for providing a false address to the police. Two days later, she surrendered to the sheriff but does not admit to any wrongdoing.

“I never thought that I’d be caught up in this messed-up system,” she said in a recent news conference. “I was treated like a criminal, like a threat to the nation.”

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Spring Breakers Warned to Stay out of Mexico

Due to a recent outbreak in violence by Mexican drug cartels, the U.S. Department of Justice’s ATF Bureau has sent a clear warning to students to stay out of northern Mexico destinations this spring break. The State Department also warned students and other travelers to stay away from areas of prostitution and drug-dealing for the utmost security.

In recent weeks, communities like Tijuana and Rosarito Beach, just South of San Diego, have seen a surge in drug-related violence.

In a statement released by the ATF, special agent in charge John A. Torres said “I know that spring break is a rite of passage for many college students, however I would discourage traveling to places like Tijuana and Rosarito due to drug cartel violence affecting those areas. If they do decide to go, they should be sure and follow the information provided by the State Department in a recent Travel Alert.”





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