New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez visits Chihuahua City, Chihuahua, Mexico
The whole article and another photo are here.
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martines [sic] arrived Sunday afternoon in Chihuahua City to meet with Chihuahua Gov. César Duarte Jáquez, according to a news release.
Martinez is to attend a special session of the state Legislature on Monday in the town of Cuchillo Parado to commemorate the beginning of the Mexican Revolution.
She also will be present for the unveiling of a bust and plaque in honor of her great-grandfather, the esteemed Toribio Ortega. He was one of the initiators of the Mexican Revolution and is credited with firing the first shot in the revolt, according to Duarte’s news release as well as reports in most Chihuahua and Juárez news media and other sources.
Chihuahua Gov. César Duarte Jáquez, second from left, and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, second from right, look at at statue Sunday in Chihuahua City. Also pictured are Duarte’s wife, Bertha Gómez de Duarte, left, and Martinez’s husband, Chuck Franco, right. Martinez was in Chihuahua to attend a commemoration of the Mexican Revolution. (Photo courtesy state of Chihuahua)
There is not much information in English about Toribio Ortega on the internet, but there are some great photographs. Here is one.
From left to right: two unidentified men, Rodolfo Fierro, Pancho Villa, Toribio Ortega and Col. Medina, taken at Juárez, 1913. (Library of Congress) (Taken from this site.)
It looks like Susana Martinez chose this auspicious moment to release some more information about the immigration status of her grandparents.
Definitely read that one.
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has dug into her family’s ancestry and uncovered immigration documents that she says suggest her paternal grandparents followed common practices in coming to the United States from Mexico in the early 1900s, contradicting earlier indications they were undocumented immigrants.
Michael A. Olivas, an immigration law expert and director of the Institute of Higher Education Law & Governance at the University of Houston, said the documents are “not clear” in indicating that her grandfather was ever an undocumented immigrant by today’s definition or maintained legal status throughout his time in the U.S.
“There was no such thing as an undocumented immigrant during that time” in the American Southwest, said Olivas, a Santa Fe resident. “There was no secure Mexican border and people came and went with no problem.”
The research provided Martinez insight into a Mexican-born grandfather, whom she never knew while growing up in El Paso, Texas, along the U.S.-Mexico border. She said researchers’ findings also corroborated her brother’s statements during last year’s campaign that she is the great-granddaughter of prominent Mexican revolutionary general Toribio Ortega.