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New Movie, 'El Paso,' Spotlights Asylum for Mexican Journalists

January 13, 2016 (1 min read)

Center for Migration Studies, Jan. 12, 2015 - "The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) invites you to a special screening of ‘El Paso,’ – a new film from executive producer Roberto Garza and director Everardo Gonzalez. The movie follows two journalists – reporter Ricardo Chavez Aldana and cameraman Alejandro Hernandez Pacheco – who are forced to flee Mexico after they and their families experience violence and receive death threats from organized criminal groups. Now living in El Paso, Texas, the two men struggle to navigate the asylum process with the help of Carlos Spector, a prominent immigration attorney and founder of “Mexicanos en el exilio” which offers free legal defense and other services to Mexicans seeking political asylum. As their cases proceed, they and their families must recover from the trauma they experienced at home and build new lives. The film takes the audience on a journey through impunity and violence in Mexico, and reveals that political asylum does not necessarily provide an easy solution.  Following the screening, join CMS, Carlos Spector and the film’s production team for a Q&A session. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. Questions? Contact"