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The Student News Site of Agua Fria High School

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The Student News Site of Agua Fria High School

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Welcome Our Owls!!!
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Sam Rowles
News Reporter

As the class of 2026 enter Agua Fria, new personalities and people come into our campus. Many of these freshmen came into our Journalism class and made our class fun and thrilling. One person specifically...

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Gavin Sanchez
Lifestyle Reporter

Here at Agua Fria, there are many types of students with so much to say. But rather than focusing on one person, let’s focus on first-year student Gavin Sanchez. As a fellow Agua Fria High School...

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Texas Tensions: Navigating the Border Dilemma

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Border of USA and Mexico Sgt. 1st Class Gordon Hyde, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

America, the land of the free and the brave, stands as a beacon of hope and opportunity for people around the world. Its vibrant tapestry of dreams and aspirations has captivated the hearts of many, drawing them to its shores in search of a better life. Yet, amidst its shining reputation lies a stark reality: the lengths to which some will go to secure a place within its borders. The ongoing saga of immigration along the southern border, particularly in Texas, paints a complex picture of struggle and resilience. As migration attempts escalate and lives hang in the balance, the state has taken decisive action, deploying its National Guard to safeguard its border with Mexico. It’s a testament to the gravity of the situation and the imperative to protect both its citizens and the integrity of its borders.

However, tensions between Texas and the Biden administration simmer beneath the surface, underscoring the complexities of immigration policy and the delicate balance between state and federal authority. Despite promises of better border control, the reality on the ground paints a different picture, leaving Texas feeling abandoned and unsupported in its efforts to manage the influx of migrants.The strain on resources and the myriad challenges posed by illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and human smuggling only compound the frustration within the state. As Texas grapples with these issues, it’s clear that a collaborative approach is needed—one that transcends partisan divides and prioritizes the safety and well-being of all involved.

But amidst the discord, there lies an opportunity for dialogue and cooperation. By embracing a pragmatic and compassionate approach, Texas and the federal government can work together to address the root causes of migration and forge a path forward that upholds the values of democracy, justice, and compassion.As we navigate the complexities of immigration and border security, it’s imperative that we remain true to the principles that define us as a nation. By working together, we can build a brighter, more inclusive future for all who call America home.

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In the coming months, the trajectory of US immigration policy will likely be shaped by ongoing debates and negotiations between state and federal authorities. The challenges posed by the southern border demand innovative approaches that transcend partisan divides and prioritize the well-being of both American citizens and migrants seeking refuge within its borders.

Ultimately, the resolution of these issues hinges on a shared commitment to upholding the principles of democracy, justice, and compassion that define the American ethos. As the nation grapples with the complexities of immigration and border security, it must strive to forge a path forward that reflects its core values and aspirations for a brighter, more inclusive future.

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About the Contributor
Jesus Ortiz Gonzalez, Editor-in-Chief
When being asked to describe a person most people would use the words kind, smart, caring, and hard-working but when having to describe Jesus Ortiz Gonzalez these words don’t come close to perfectly describing his persona. Jesus is currently a junior at Agua Fria High School along with also being a Student Council Representative and Owls News Feed Editor and Chief.  Before coming to Arizona he grew up in no other Palm Springs, California, or as he called it “Hollywood's Playground”. He experienced a form of culture shock at the age of 13 when moving from a touristy town to what he would consider a small town named Avondale, Arizona. When trying to start his new beginnings at Agua Fria he had experienced a bit of a setback. Agua Fria wasn’t able to accept any of his old records from his prior schools meaning he had to start completely from scratch.  He had to be put into all the basic level classes along with extension classes to test his skills in said subjects. Going through these experiences definitely helped him grow and pushed him to be more involved and outgoing. This brings us to the reason why Jesus had decided to join the Student Council. Jesus had said, “It’s fun, it just seems so fun. It feels like I’m actually doing something in school, then just observing the people doing something.”. He expressed how in Student Council feels “so me”, in the sense of being “talkative, out there, and extraordinary”. To put it in a few words his high school experience has been an interesting 3 years for him. But, Jesus’s high school experience it’s not the only interesting thing about him. Did you know that after high school he plans to move to L.A. and attend UCLA USC, majoring in communications, and after going to law school to become a human rights or imagination lawyer? Even though he has his future already planned out Jesus has emphasized the point that his goal is to have fun while he is still young and enjoy the young adult life after high school.  He is an extremely work-devoted person, but even now he still sets time aside to live his life. He had said, “I love, love, LOVE to go out, love to go out, like have the ability to just be like when I wanna go somewhere, to go somewhere, dress up cute, go to a fancy restaurant, my typa night.”. Even though he talks about how much he loves going out, he does love to have a routine and balanced life to even it out. He is one of the most interesting and complex people you will meet and you will never have a dull moment when around him. Constantly keeping you on your toes with conversations in the best way possible. Jesus is the friend that you will always come back to when you need a little spice in your life

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