Jul 3, 2012

Mexico Drug War Refugees Face Long Odds for Asylum

Mexicans seeking asylum in the United States, often from drug-related violence, are rarely approved, and the period of waiting for approval can range from months to years, all the while frustrating and confusing applicants who struggle in poverty. 

Fox News Latino: PASO, TEXAS – José Alberto Holguín once had a lucrative bus company in Ciudad Juárez where he and his family lived comfortably.

The pride of developing a business disappeared when thugs from La Línea, the street enforcers of the Juárez Cartel, began extorting a weekly payment from him in 2008 that amounted to 40 percent of his revenue, then murdered his son and threatened his family.

“The guys from La Línea have federal and local connections,” he said. “We had to leave.”

The 50-year-old, who is married and has three children, knew it was no longer safe to stay in Mexico, so he and his family sought political asylum protection across the border. Read more.

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