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    Posted July 26, 2010 by
    DavidMcLane
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    Aguila, Arizona
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Arizona immigration showdown

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    Adolfo's Hardware, Aguila, Arizona

     

    While I haven't posted anything more about Aguila, Ariz. since Hardworking people, raising their families, I've been busy collecting information on the general state of affairs there and on the Rivas family which owns and operates Adolfo Hardware.

     

    Jesus Rivas grew up on a farm in the community of Colonia Morelos in the state of Zacatecas located in the north central part of Mexico at 8,000 ft (2,438 m). The full family numbered 16, father, mother, three girls, eight boys, and three who died shortly after childbirth. Jesus was the third oldest.

     

    Jesus went to school up until the fourth grade and worked on the family farm until he was 18 years old when he and one of his younger brothers went north by bus, crossing the border into Arizona in 1970 looking for a better life. He married a woman from Mexico who was living legally in the United States which allowed him to become a naturalized citizen but the marriage didn't last and she divorced him. He contacted his cousin in Zacatecas about a wife and returned to be introduced to and marry Irma.

     

    Irma Rivas, comes from Valpariso, Zacatecas, not so far from where her husband, Jesus, grew up. She also grew up in a large family: father, mother, six girls, three boys, with all of the children now living in various parts of the United States, although none are in Arizona.

     

    Jesus and Irma have two sons, Adolfo, born in 1995 and Hector, born in 1998. Adolfo was just promoted from the 8th grade and will be attending high school in Salome, the next town west of Aguila on US 60. Hector is in the sixth grade and won't go on to high school for another two years after which he can choose to go to high school in Salome, like his brother, or in Wickenburg which has a much bigger school.

     

    The conversations I had with the Rivas family and other people in Aguila along with a slideshow with more photos are available on Actual Life

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