The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on October 29, 1983 · 33
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Saturday, October 29, 1983
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Cos AngeUa Stmea R Saturday, October 29, 1983Part 1 25 Father's 20-Year Struggle Ends New American Family Breathes a Big Sigh of Relief JOSE GALVEZ Los Angeles Times Domingo Castillo with flag as he became a U.S. citizen in Tucson. "I thank God to be American." PEST: 'Explosive' Fruit Fly Infestation Continued from Page 1 "I would call that explosive." Pesticide teams have been ordered out in a 9-square-mile area bounded roughly by 37th Street and Bandini Boulevard on the north, Atlantic Avenue on the east, Broadway on the south and Wilmington Avenue on the west. Engler stressed that spraying is being confined primarily to host trees and poses no danger to the public. At the same time, 500 extra traps are being placed in an 81-square-mile zone surrounding the spraying area to monitor the spread of the pest. The intensified trapping zone is bordered roughly by the Santa Monica and Pomona freeways on the north, Rosemead Boulevard on the east, Imperial Highway on the south and Vermont Avenue on the west. Engler said the expanding population of Mexican fruit flies represents the first significant infestation of the insects in California. "This is nothing to take lightly," he said. "This is a 'superpest' that attacks four of our major crops grapefruit, oranges, avocados and peaches. . . .I'll need a lot Orange County trapa yield no mora Oriental fruit flies. (Part II. Page 1.) more information before I can sound optimistic." The commissioner said the first Mexican fruit fly was discovered in a grapefruit tree in the backyard of a home in Huntington Park. Tests showed that the fly a yellowish-brown insect a little larger than a common housefly was female and pregnant, department spokesmen said, and the tests completed on subsequently discovered Mexican fruit flies have shown them to be similarly fertile. Engler said the first fly probably arrived here in a piece of fruit brought in from Mexico and casually discarded on the ground. "If it had been placed in a disposal or ended up in a cut-and-fill dump, there would have been no problem," he said. "The problem is when it's tossed out next to a picnic table." Dan Rosenberg, a special assistant in the California Department of Food and Agriculture, said the boundaries of the quarantine to be imposed early next week have yet to be determined. He said leaflets will be distributed within the quarantine area urging residents not to take host fruit to other areas. Rosenberg, aware of the criticism afforded former Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. for his perceived hesitancy in responding to the Medfly problem in 1981, assured reporters Friday that Gov. George Deukmejian is being kept informed about the Mexican fruit fly infestation. Meanwhile, in the Bay Area, agricultural officials in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties said they have begun applying poisoned bait to trees, fences and utility poles in an effort to eradicate Oriental fruit flies discovered there in September and earlier this month. Officials expressed confidence that the baiting technique, which has proven effective in the past, will eliminate the Oriental fruit flies, which attack 236 varieties of fruit, vegetable and nut crops. An Oriental fruit fly was found in a trap in San Clemente on Tuesday, but no others have been found in that Orange County area and no baiting has been ordered there. Carroll Righter Astrological Forecast Saturday, Oct. 29 Aria (March 21 to April 19) Get into that creative work for which you seldom have enough time and get it perfected so you can get benefits from it. Taurus (April 20 to May 20) Ideal day to make your home more charming and have more harmony with those dwelling there with you. Gemini (May 21 to June 21) Do errands and shopping early so that later you can handle important correspondence. Moon Children (June 22 to July 21) Good day to study property and other possessions and to know how best to improve them. Loo (July 22 to Aug. 21) Analyze your personal wishes and then go after them in a positive way and gain them. Avoid being overly aggressive. Virgo (Aug. 22 to Sept. 22) Plan now if you want to gain goals that mean much to you, but be sure you comprehend the idealistic side of them also. Libra (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Fine day for being with friends and enjoying hobbies with them. You need to spend some time relaxing and enjoying yourself. Scorpio (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Get into civic and credit matters during spare time to improve your status and gain prestige. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Keep active and take little trips. See interesting people and make changes where needed today. Capricorn (Dec. 22 to Jan. 20) Show allies that you appreciate them and gain more cooperation In the future. Aquarius (Jan. 21 to Feb. 19) Many situations arise whereby you can gain benefits and become more successful. Be open-minded. Pisces (Feb. 20 to March 20) Get your environment beautified and rearrange furniture so that-atl is more charming and you and others can be happier. By CHARLES H1LLINGER, Timet Staff Writer TUCSON Domingo Castillo became an American citizen Friday. His wife and 11 children can stay in this country now. The fear of deportation to their native Mexico has been lifted. "I thank God to be American, and I thank from the bottom of my heart all my friends in Douglas (Ariz.) who helped to make this possible," said Castillo, 56, in halting English after an emotional swearing-in ceremony with 288 other new Americans in the auditorium of the Flowing Wells High School. Such was the finish of Castillo's 20-year struggle: 20 years of confusion, frustration, hope and loss of hope on many occasions finally leading to the fulfillment of his dream to become an American. To become, as he put it, "a citizen of the greatest land of opportunity on Earth, a country where a human being has the best chance for a good life. . . ." Many Pitched In But it was not an individual effort. Castillo's citizenship was the fruit of many labors by scores of men, women and children Anglos, Hispanics and blacks in the small Arizona border town of Douglas. "Domingo Castillo is the kind of person all Americans would be proud to have as a citizen of this country," said U.S. Customs Service official Jake Price. Castillo's quest for citizenship took a tortuous route through a thicket of red tape, immigration hearings, court actions and, in the end, a high-pressure citizenship test: As a resident alien, he could pass the test in English, become a citizen and his illegal alien family could stay in America; if he flunked the test, his wife and 11 children would be deported, even though he would be allowed to stay. Castillo's story begins 20 years ago when he moved from the tiny town of Agua Prieta, Sonora, across the border to Douglas, where he became a legal, resident alien. For five years, Castillo followed the crops, working as a farm laborer throughout the West. His family remained in Agua Prieta, where all of his children were born. Then he got a job as a carpenter in Douglas, where he maintained an apartment while visiting his family in Mexico on weekends. To save money, he gave up the apartment in 1970 and moved back with his family in Agua Prieta, commuting daily across the border to work on the American side. Applied Several Times He applied for citizenship several times, but he realized in 1978 that he wasn't eligible unless he lived in the United States full time for five consecutive years. Upon learning that, he sold his house in Agua Prieta, packed up his family and they all moved to Douglas. The only catch was that his wife and children came to America on 72-hour visitor passes and they never left. Then last year Castillo was told that as a resident alien he could stay in the United States but his family could not. They were illegal aliens. That's when Fernando Fajardo, 33, an attorney for the Southern Arizona Legal Aid Society, and friends and neighbors of the Castillos came to their aid. They wrote letters to the immigration service, to U.S. Sen. Dennis DeConcini (D-Ariz.) and to others, seeking to keep the family together and in America. Finally, after months of legal hearings, the immigration service ruled this year that the family must be deported. July 13 was set as the date. But the day before the deportation date at the urging of U.S. District Judge Alfredo Marquez the immigration service said that Castillo, who by now had fulfilled his residency requirement for citizenship, could keep his family if he passed the citizenship test. But he had to take it before only nine days had passed. If he failed, the family would be deported and could not return to live in the United States until Castillo retook the test months later. Castillo's best friend. Frank 'Garcia, 60, and Lloyd Law, 48, a friend and long-time Toil Conservation Service agent, drove the family to the immigration hearings in Phoenix, a 500-mile round trip from Douglas. At the time, Castillo was remodeling the home of Douglas Junior High School Principal Manuel Valen-zuela. Valenzuela had taught citizenship for 10 years, so while Castillo worked at Valenzuela's house, in the evenings and on two weekends during the nine-day countdown, the principal quizzed him intensively. And finally the day of reckoning arrived. The school principal drove Castillo to Tucson to take the test. Members of Castillo's parish, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, prayed at a Sunday Mass that he would pass. So did the congregation at the Sunnyside Baptist Church. "I was nervous," recalled Castillo, who had functioned quite well for years along the border without a mastery of English. "I didn't think I could pass the tests in my limited English. I was shaking all over. But somehow the answers came out. I think God was inside my body giving me the answers." On Friday, Castillo sat in the auditorium of Flowing Wells High School in Tucson with the 288 others from 42 different countries. For each, it was the first day of a new life as an American. Castillo clutched a tiny American flag. He stood up straight and proud as he took his oath to "support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States as an American citizen." Castillo's wife and the 11 children can also become American citizens when they fulfill their five-year residency. "I'm very, very happy," Castillo said. "And relieved." I l D 11 t music rW v & ! - Kal and Bernelle Krause, Founders Courtney. A luxurious high back, deep seating sofa in Fawn colored ' wide-wale Herculon corduroy $ 399 99 "Introducing Super Valuline, The Sofa Factory's new line of quality-upholstered furniture. We took our top 10 styles, combined them with 10 top fabrics, and came up with 10 ton-notch sofalove seat combinations. To keep the price low they're mass produced and kept in stock. 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