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No Safe Place

"A growing number of wealthy and middle-class Mexicans are fleeing rising violence and kidnappings perpetrated by criminal syndicates that have taken over swaths of Mexico." - Melissa del Bosque, The Texas Observer, Oct. 25, 2011 .

Organized Crime, Violence, and Visas

"They enter the United States legally from Mexico with the proper papers and visas, but then they cannot go home. So they overstay their visas. They are surgeons, businesspeople, entrepreneurs, members of Mexico’s wealthy middle and upper middle-class educated population. The expansion...

Mexico's "Narco-Refugees": The Looming Challenge for U.S. National Security

"Given the ever-increasing brutality of the cartels, the question is whether and how the United States Government should begin to prepare for what could be a new wave of migrants coming from Mexico. ... This monograph focuses on the asylum claims of Mexicans who unwillingly leave Mexico, rather...

Dallas IJ Deferral Victory: Mexico, Cartels, Torture, Govt. Acquiescence, Internal Relocation

"The Court will find that the Respondent could not avoid torture by relocating within Mexico based on the likelihood that the police or military law enforcement officials would disclose his whereabouts to cartel members. ... The Court finds that he is credible and has established that he would more...

Mexico Border Violence Keeping Would-Be Migrants Home

"His decision to stay behind had nothing to do with newfound job opportunities, or a belief in Mexico’s future, or even the possibility that he wouldn’t be able to find a job in Dallas, where he once worked as a cook. It was much more basic. He feared he wouldn’t get across...

Unpub. BIA CAT Remand: Mexico; Zetas; Whistleblower

"[T]he applicant also testified that he was beaten by police officers because his friend's mother reported the incident with the Zeta Cartel to the police (11. at 4' Tr. at 63-65). The Immigration Judge did not assess whether the applicant's alleged harm by the police constitutes a valid...

Juárez Man Granted Asylum; Family Killed by Cartels

"A U.S. immigration court in a rare action granted asylum to a citizen of Mexico who fled Juárez after 11 of his relatives were killed by suspected drug cartel-sponsored extortionists, El Paso lawyer Carlos Spector said Monday. The court found that asylum petitioner Christian Chaidez, 30...

Asylum, Withholding Victory (Mexico, Cartel Violence) in Boise, Idaho

In Matter of X-, July 17, 2013 IJ Bennett ruled : "Respondent's application for asylum is granted because he has established a well-founded fear of future persecution based on his membership in the particular social group of relatives of law enforcement officials who have been targeted for harm...