DDI09.ss.nomexicanassylum.wave5 - FILE NAME Blake KM...

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FILE NAME Blake KM Mexicans Never Get Asylum Lawyers aren’t enough - Mexicans are never granted asylum b/c they can’t prove they’ll be persecuted Bensman 7-15 [Todd, GlobalPost, “Mexico Drug War: Asylum Seekers Increasingly Turned Away By US Immigration Courts,” 7/15/09, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/07/15/mexico-drug-war-asylum-se_n_234022.html] America's asylum law was established 30 years ago in the Refugee Act of 1980 to provide sanctuary to people whose governments don't protect them from life-threatening persecution . All they have to do is find their own way to an American shore and request asylum from any government official. To win asylum, they later must convince a judge they have suffered past persecution or have a well founded fear of future persecution for one of five reasons: race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. They have to show their home government either can't protect them or is part of the problem. Judges have extended political asylum to, among many others, white Zimbabwean farmers chased from their land by black government-sponsored mobs, Christian Iraqis forced from homes by militant Islamists and Darfur minorities attacked by armed Sudanese government groups. But few Mexicans are granted asylum, government statistics indicate . Applications have climbed since Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared war on the country's drug cartels in 2006. Some 896 Mexicans applied for asylum between January and April this year compared to 586 for the same period three years earlier. Among them are police officers, journalists,
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