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Murders In Mexico Spur U.S. Asylum Pleas

"“We are unveiling a mask of horror,” said Spector, who has recently secured a string of political asylum victories for Mexican journalists and activists escaping murder and mayhem in their mother country." Terry Greene Sterling, The Daily Beast, Sept. 30, 2011 .

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...

Mexican journalist, granted asylum in U.S., establishes new life in El Paso

Alejandro Hernández Pacheco, a cameraman exiled from Torreón, México. (Victoria A. Perez/Borderzine.com) "Sitting on the cold hard cement the man was able to remove part of his blindfold and focusing his sight, the dim light revealed a small dirty room covered in blood...

Mexicans in Exile

The drug wars in Mexico have created a different kind of migratory exodus: asylum seekers fleeing persecution by the cartels and/or the Mexican government itself. One brave soul working the front lines of this catastrophe is Carlos Spector , a native of El Paso and an immigration attorney with vision...

Veracruz Journalist Asks for Asylum, Gives Urgent Plea for Help for Colleagues in Mexico

"In the battle for territory by organized crime in Mexico, the state of Veracruz has become one of the most violent and contested conflict zones. Local journalists, bearing witness to the brutal battle, are being systematically tortured and killed and the Veracruz and Mexican governments...

More Mexicans Seek Asylum in U.S.; El Paso's Carlos Spector is the 'Go-To' Lawyer

"One of his clients, a Mexican waitress and widowed mother of three, says she played dead under a pile of bodies to survive a massacre in Ciudad Juarez led by men she recognized as federal police. Another client says Chihuahua state police hacked off his feet after he refused to pay them bribes...

Asylum Requests From Mexico Triple, But Chances Aren't Good

"Bety, who asked for anonymity, is one of thousands of Mexicans displaced by Mexico’s drug-related violence. Enough Mexicans are now fleeing that they’ve become the second-largest nationality, after the Chinese, to seek U.S. asylum, according to the United Nations. Over a five-year period...

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...

Exiled Mexican Seeking Asylum Pedals for Justice

"Carlos Gutierrez rolled into Austin Saturday after a 701-mile bicycle ride from El Paso. Austin was the final destination on his 12-day ride across Texas to raise awareness about Mexican asylum seekers. News cameras crowded around an exhausted and emotional Gutierrez as he carefully stepped...

A Letter from Mexico Roils Asylum Debate

"Jittery families cram into his tiny office here, daily. Hundreds more have appeared at the San Diego border 1,500 miles away, clutching an official-looking letter bearing his name, gambling that its description of the violence in this blistering stretch of central Mexico will help them gain asylum...

Gang and Cartel Violence: A Reason To Grant Political Asylum from Mexico and Central America

"People fleeing gang violence in Mexico and Central America have been, for the most part, denied asylum in the U.S. Nonetheless, modern interpretations of refugee and international law suggest that there is more merit to these claims for asylum than is currently accepted. U.S. courts have focused...

CA7 on Social Group; Mexico; Honest Police: R.R.D. v. Holder

"While R.R.D. was an investigator for Mexico’s Federal Agency of Investigation, he arrested hundreds of suspects and repeatedly testified against drug traffickers. Drug organizations offered bribes to get him out of their hair and, when he refused, tried to kill him under their “plata...

Unpub. BIA on Asylum, Mexico, Social Group, Gender Identity: Matter of M-G-O-

Ben Winograd writes: "In this unpublished decision, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) found the respondent, a citizen of Mexico, qualified for withholding of removal based on his membership in a particular social group consisting of effeminate gay males with female gender identities. The Board...

Mexican Asylum Applications Reflect 'Systematic Takeover' - Spector

"The emptying of Guadalupe comes at a time when officials in Ciudad Juárez, about 30 miles away, are promoting tourism and celebrating a decrease in bloodshed after years of carnage that claimed thousands of lives. Many Guadalupe residents have fled to Texas cities including Fabens, directly...

9th Circuit Decision an 'Important Step' for Mexican Torture Victims

"A federal appeals court on Friday overturned decisions that put the burden of proof on foreigners who claim they were tortured in their home countries to show they cannot safely return to another part of the country they fled. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it is neither the responsibility...

Deaf Mexican Asylum Applicants Are Winning Cases

"Aranda, 58, is an undocumented immigrant living in San Diego. She’s one of hundreds of deaf immigrants from Mexico and other countries who have applied for asylum in the U.S. in the past few years. They argue that the treatment they received in their home countries—which also include...

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

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...

Unpub. BIA Asylum Remand: Social Group; Nexus; Mexico

Matter of X-, Apr. 18, 2016, unpub . - "[A]nalysis is also required as to the issues of particular social group cognizability and nexus. The proposed social group in this case is "working class, single women in Michoacan." ... we conclude 'that a remand is warranted for further proceedings...

Bringas-Rodriguez v. Lynch, 805 F.3d 1171 (9th Cir. 2015)(asylum; Mexico) to be reheard en banc

Bringas-Rodriguez v. Lynch, 805 F.3d 1171 (9th Cir. 2015) - Nov. 19, 2015 June 14, 2016 - "Upon the vote of a majority of nonrecused active judges, it is ordered that this case be reheard en banc pursuant to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 35(a) and Circuit Rule 35-3. The three-judge panel...

Asylum Victory in Portland (Mexico; PSG)

Amanda Gray writes: "I wanted to share with you a recent IJ decision granting asylum to a woman and her four children* based on her membership in the particular social group of “Mexican women unable to leave their domestic relationship.” DHS made the argument that Respondent did not...

CA9 on 'Particular Social Group' - Bringas-Rodriguez II (en banc)

Bringas-Rodriguez v. Sessions, Mar. 8, 2017 - "Carlos Alberto Bringas-Rodriguez (Bringas), a gay man who is a native and citizen of Mexico, petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (BIA) denial of his applications for asylum, withholding of removal, and Convention Against...

Against the Odds, Members of a Refugee Caravan Are Let Into the US

Bryan Schatz, Mother Jones, May 12, 2017 - "Last weekend, dozens of refugees who participated in a caravan that traversed Mexico to seek asylum in the United States, presented themselves at the San Ysidro port of entry in Tijuana and were admitted into the United States. Planned by a coalition of...