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Immigrants Of The Day: Rafael Reynosa Suarez of Mexico, Sergio R. Diaz Varela of Mexico, and David Jimenez Almazan of Mexico

by Kevin R. Johnson

Rafael Reynosa Suarez (Mexico)

Iod Born in Mexico, Rafael Reynosa Suarez, 28 a Lance Corporal in the U.S. Marines, was killed in acytion died on May 29, 2004 in Ramadi, Iraq. He is survived by a wife and a daughter.

At age 13, Reynosa immigrated to the United States from Mexico with his family. He left for Iraq two days after learning his wife was pregnant and was killed five months before their daughter was due. Reynosa met his wife, Dinora Reynosa in 1992 at Valley High School in Santa Ana. She last spoke to her husband by telephone two days before his death.

Reynosa played playing soccer for two years at Santa Ana College. Later, he worked as a warehouse manager for Montgomery Ward. Five months after he married in November 2000, the warehouse closed and Reynosa joined the Marines.

September 25, 2008 | Permalink

Sergio R. Diaz Varela (Mexico)

Diazvarela_sergio_rOur immigrant of the Day is  Sergio R. Diaz Varela, who at the age or 21 gave his life for the United States.  Born in Mexico, he died on November 24, 2004 in Ramadi, Iraq and was buried in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Diaz-Varela came to the U.S. from Mexico with his parents in 1991. The family lived in a mobile home park. He grew up and attended high school in Lomita, California.  At the time of his death, his mother already had returned to Guadalajara. He joined the Army so he could save enough money to buy her a home.

The 21-year-old infantryman was killed Nov. 24 when a homemade bomb exploded after he got out of a vehicle while on patrol in Ramadi, Iraq, a city west of Baghdad.  Diaz-Varela had been in Iraq only a few months.

September 24, 2008 | Permalink

David Jimenez Almazan (Mexico)

Almazan David Jimenez Almazan, a combat medic in the U.S. Army who died at the age of 27 on August 27, 2006 in Hit, Iraq, the victim of a roadside bomb.  Almanzan was married and had only been in Iraq for three weeks.

Born in Mexico, Jimenez came to the U.S. with his mother and sisters when he was 11 to join his father. Before he went to Iraq, he applied for citizenship. It was granted after his death.

Almazan joined the Army in 2002 because “he wanted to make a difference for himself and for other people,” his wife said.  The Van Nuys resident reenlisted last spring for another four years with the goal of becoming a physician’s assistant.

September 23, 2008 | Permalink

These posts were orginally posted on the ImmigrationProf Blog here, here and here.


About The Author

Kevin R. Johnson is currently Dean, Professor of Law and Chicana/o Studies, and the Mabie-Apallas Public Interest Law Chair holder at the University of California at Davis. He is also one of the editors of ImmigrationProf Blog.


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