Sep 16, 2011

Mexico Drug War - Collateral Damage: Mexican Drug War Sends Flood of Asylum-Seekers to U.S.

International Business Times: "The number of Mexicans seeking asylum in the United States has steadily increased since 2006, when September 2006-elected Mexican President Felipe Calderon launched an aggressive war on drug cartels.

To qualify for asylum, an immigrant must prove a "credible fear of persecution or torture," according to United States Immigration Customs and Enforcement. As Mexico has spiralled into a bloody cycle of police raids on drug dealers and violent reprisals, more Mexicans have arrived in the United States and argued to immigration authorities that they would face torture or death if they returned home. In all, 3,231 Mexicans filed for asylum last year, up from 2,670 in 2005."

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