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Elderes en Noticias 29 Mar 2007
PERSEVERANCE PAYS OFF FOR A PERUVIAN
Seven years ago, only one semester shy of college graduation in his native Peru,
Augusto Robles decided to relocate his family to Utah, leaving his degree, job
and friends behind.
FULL STORY: http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/1%2C1249%2C660205919%2C00.html
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Deseret News Article 28 Mar 2007
Deseret Morning News, Saturday, March 24, 2007

Perseverance pays off for a Peruvian

Immigrant and his family start over — come out on top

By Rosalie Westenskow
Deseret Morning News

EAGLE MOUNTAIN — Seven years ago, only one semester shy of college graduation in his native Peru, Augusto Robles decided to relocate his family to Utah, leaving his degree, job and friends behind.



Augusto Robles and his family immigrated to the United States from Peru seven years ago.

Mike Terry, Deseret Morning News
In Peru, Robles held a managerial position with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, overseeing the maintenance of 360 chapels scattered throughout the country, as well as the Missionary Training Center in Lima.


In Utah, he had nothing.


"I didn't want to come, actually," said Robles, who recently left his position as assistant city engineer for Eagle Mountain to become Herriman city's staff engineer. "Even though I thought it was going to be good for (my) kids, I knew I was going to have to sacrifice something."


Still, despite this realization, Robles and his wife, Rocio, decided to move to the United States when a petition for his citizenship, filed by his parents almost 20 years before, was approved in 1999. A representative for the U.S. Embassy told Robles he had 90 days to sell his property, quit his job and fly to the United States.


The family arrived in Utah in January 2000.


"I realized that in order to survive (here), I had to find a job," said Robles, a West Jordan resident.


But, with little knowledge of the language and no college degree, it was difficult for Robles to find employment. Eventually, he began working the graveyard shift as a janitor.


"I said, 'This is one thing I don't want to do my whole life."'


In Peru, Robles was only three or four classes away from completing his bachelor's in civil engineering from the Universidad Ricardo Palma in Lima. But he knew that without a good job to pay for his education and an understanding of English, going to school would be far more difficult in America.


"I had to decide whether to stay in my situation or go to school," said Robles, whose English now bears only a hint of an accent. "With all the disadvantages, it was a hard decision to make."



David, 4, left, Daniel, 9, and Claudia Robles, 12, have fun at their home. The two older children immigrated with their parents.

Mike Terry, Deseret Morning News
Robles enrolled at the University of Utah for the fall 2001 semester, but unfortunately many of his credits didn't transfer. As a result, he spent another three years in school, while working full time.


"I remember punching in (for work) at 11:45 p.m. and clocking out close to 8 a.m.," Robles said. "After that I had to fly to the University of Utah because I had class at 8:10."


In between classes, he crashed in his car for naps.


Robles has always worked hard to get ahead, said Roger Sears, Robles' supervisor in Peru.


"He's kind of like a self-starter," said Sears, project manager for the physical facilities department of the LDS Church. "He just wants to do better in whatever he does."


Despite his hectic schedule at the U., Robles fit in time to play intramural sports and even spent a season on the university's soccer team — no small achievement for the now-43-year-old. Heritage, he said, accounts for his athletic abilities.


"I'm from South America, and the first present you give to children (there) is a soccer ball," he said. "We Hispanic people, we play soccer a lot and even when you are inside the womb of your mom, you start to kick. That's where you learn to play."


The sport is obviously a passion for Robles, who prominently displayed a photo of his son's soccer team, which he coached, on his Eagle Mountain office wall.


"Let me tell you," he said, "we didn't lose any games."


In May 2004, Robles graduated with a bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Utah and has since worked for Bluffdale, Eagle Mountain and Herriman cities. Each time he left a job, the other city workers seemed sad to see the good-natured Peruvian go.


"He was always coming to me and asking for things he could help me with," said Chris Trusty, city engineer for Eagle Mountain and Robles' former boss. "He stayed ahead of the game."


After seven years in the states, Robles said he has come to love America — despite Utah's cold winter weather. He and his wife try to reinforce cultural traditions at home, though, for their three children.


"The rule is we have to speak Spanish at home," he said. "(The children) complain a lot, but they are pretty much bilingual."


Moving to the United States has been a positive thing for the family, said Robles, who has seen other families fall apart after relocating to another country.


"We had some trials; we had some challenges," he said. "But I think we faced those properly, and we are together and now we are stronger."





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E-mail: rwestenskow@desnews.com


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Mission Reunion 22 Mar 2007
A mission reunion will be held in Riverton, UT on April 7, 2007 at 7:00 pm.

The address of the church is:
12852 S 3200 W
Riverton, UT 84065, US


Please contact me at hs_asay@yahoo.com if you have any questions
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busqueda de compañeros 18 Feb 2007
Hola a todos estoy tratando de buscar a los que fueron mis compañeros si alguien de ustedes fue mi compañero en la mision comuniquese conmigo al 552336 o envieme msg al sgte correo; jmoralescontratista@yahoo.es

saludos
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busqueda de compis 18 Feb 2007
Hola amigos como estan estoy tratando de ubicar a mis compañeros si alguien de ustedes que lee mi mensaje y fue mi compañero por favor comuniquese conmigo
a mi email: jmoralescontratista@yahoo.es
o 5523369 mi casa

saludos
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Busco 13 Feb 2007
Apreciados compañeros de la MPA, mision de valientes, estoy tratando de comunicarme con Elder Americo Ascue, un gran amigo hace muchos años perdí contacto con el por favor si alguien sabe su paradero por favor comunicarmelo por mi mail: alfaror@ldsces.org

Gracias que Dios los bendiga
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ELDER THUESON SHANE 15 Jan 2007
QUE TAL AMIGOS, SALUDOS A TODOS; ALGUIEN SABE COMO PUEDO COMUNICARME CON EL ELDER THUESON, QUE ES DE SU VIDA ETC................POR FAVOR SI ALGUIEN SUPIERA SE LO AGRADECERIA............
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se busca 05 Jan 2007
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Élderes en las Noticias 04 Dec 2006
Véanse a http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/12/04/congressman.wife.ap/index.html para leer en cuanto al ex-élder Charles Kuck, de nuestra misión, quien está defendiendo los derechos de inmigrantes como abogado de asuntos migratorios.

Y mas:

http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=1692978&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=3.1.1

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061205/ap_on_re_us/senator_s_wife_deportation
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me mide 04 Dec 2006
Hola amigos de MPA, solo queria informar a mis amigos y companeros que ahora vivo en los EEUU en Atlanta GA, actualmente soy consejero de los HHJJ, saludos
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