in exile

While Emilio is still waiting for his asylum trial, the stats don’t look good: of the 13,000 asylum claims from Mexico filed over the past three years, only 232 have been granted.

Mother Jones article, May 20, 2010

Soto received death threats in June 2008, and was forced to cross the border into Texas with his teenage son. He spent seven months in an Immigration Detention Center in El Paso Texas , before being released.  He was granted asylum January 2011.

Only about 1.5 percent of Mexicans who asked for political asylum in the U.S. in 2010 found it, but the amount of requests filed turned Mexico into the country with the second-largest number of asylum-seekers into the U.S., just behind China.

A total of 3,231 people asked for refuge in 2010, but only 49 of them were granted asylum. It is a percentage trend that has held true for Mexican asylum-seekers for years.

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