Asylum Denied: Unlike Refugees from Other Troubled Countries, Only a Fraction of Mexicans Seeking U.S. Asylum Are Accepted -- No Matter Their Wounds or Stories

As evening falls on southern Mexico, Sarah (not her real name) is shopping at a fruit market a block from her house. It is Friday, and her father, an investigator for the State Judicial Police, is home relaxing on his night off. Wearing blue jeans and an unbuttoned shirt, he is sweeping his front porch, waiting for his daughter to return and make dinner.

Sarah pays for the food just as a rush of black SUVs with no license plates speed past her along the road. She recognizes them instantly as they pull up to her home in a cloud of dust. Men in dark masks with AK-47s jump out and run toward Sarah's front door. Two of them are wearing police patches. One of them is her father's commander.

"They're taking your dad! They're taking your dad!" shouts a little girl in the store. Sarah tries to run, but her legs won't churn fast enough. Everything is in slow motion. She watches the gunmen drag her father out onto the street while he screams, "Show me the arrest warrant! Don't take me!" Sarah sees the men punch her mother and shoot her father in the leg before hauling him into a truck and driving away.

By the time Sarah gets home, all that is left of her father is the bloodstained pavement. He has not been seen since.

For Sarah and her family, years of intimidation and abuse by corrupt police officers have come to a head. Her father, a member of the anti-kidnapping unit, had discovered that his commander had taken a young girl hostage and that he and other cops were working for the cartels.

Sarah's father tried to bring his commander to justice, denouncing him to Mexico's National Human Rights Commission, but there were no arrests and it just made him a target. Crooked policemen and cartel thugs had threatened to kill him, beaten Sarah and raped his wife, but he refused to work for drug traffickers.

After the kidnapping, Sarah and her mother rushed to the Public Prosecutor, but officials refused to take a statement. The women told nearby police agencies about the corruption and abduction, but no one would help. In desperation, Sarah went to the state capital to ask the military to intercede, but once again, she was turned away.

Sarah spent the next few nights in hiding at her uncle's home. She needed to get farther away. Sarah had family in Juarez, and while going to one of the most violent cities in the western hemisphere for sanctuary is like going to Hell to cool off, her uncle put her on a plane.

When Sarah landed, she found out that her uncle had been murdered outside the airport for helping her escape.

In Juarez, Sarah met up with her mother and two younger brothers, who also had managed to get away, and for two months they hunkered down in an apartment.

"I was living in shock," says Sarah. "I was unable to understand that life as I knew it was over forever. I was so scared that I only stayed inside, living in my world of fear."

One afternoon, Sarah's mother received a phone call from a hometown friend. Her father's commander was threatening to kill Sarah's grandparents if they or any family member spoke to the fugitives. Even worse, said the friend, the commander and his troops knew where Sarah and her mother were hiding in Juarez.

"I felt like my world was collapsing," says Sarah. "I did not know where to turn or where to run."

The next morning, Sarah and her mother heard over the radio that the United States was offering protection. Sarah had never thought of living among los gringos; her life was in Mexico, where the 21-year-old was already halfway through law school. But now she was out of options. The corrupt police knew her location, and they were coming.

Later that day, December 30, 2008, Sarah, her mother and her two brothers walked up to the Paseo Del Norte Port of Entry in El Paso and turned themselves in, requesting asylum.

Sarah was separated from her family and placed in a detention center for more than a year while she waited for her day in immigration court. When a judge finally heard the case, her claim for asylum was denied and she was ordered back to Mexico. The evidence — that cops working for a drug cartel had beaten Sarah, killed her uncle, abducted her father, and raped her mother because her father fought against their illegal activities — was moot. Sarah did not meet the U.S. government's standard for asylum.

If the line between the Mexican government and the drug world ever existed, it is less distinct now then ever. Cartels take over one village, town or state at a time and buy police departments and armies along the way, fighting for control of precious drug routes and dollars. Since 2006, more than 28,000 people have been killed in the drug violence in Mexico. If someone speaks up, he is silenced, usually with a bullet made in the United States. Mexican citizens have nowhere to turn. Except north.

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Kisugab
Kisugab

The names that this person assumes are as follows:

Gabriela Sanchez (her niece), Karla P. Durazo (her aunt), Patty Durazo (her sister),Julieta Sanchez (her aunt), Patty Sanchez (her sister/her niece) Rocio Sanchez (her sister), Mayra Viramontes (her cousin), Karen Durazo (her cousin),Kenya Durazo (hercousin), Karina Sanchez (her cousin).

All of the names assumed by her can be substantiated through her facebook account which is under the name Gabby Sanchez.

Her Employer is: Dr. Larry Stark 3201 W. Peoria Ave # A-100 Phoenix, AZ 85029

Her assumed Social Security # is her Aunt's Soc. Sec. # 611-32-7757 (Karla P. Durazo) who actually lives in California.

She drives a pathfinder with AZ lic. # AHT4587

Her address is: 2220 W. Mission Ln. #1095(which is in Larry Starks name /Phoenix, AZ 85017 co-signed for)

SRP Acct # 919-863-000(which is in Larry Starks name)

Her Phone # 602-628-3116(which is in Larry Starks name)

Family Assistance Administration Case # 00564738 (Gabriela Sanchez)Dental work provided under the name Patty Sanchez. And full medical (BCBS)is paid for by Larry Stark

Her sons name is Carlos Flores-Sanchez and he graduated from Cortez High School

This young woman makes it easier for other illegals to obtain medications includingnarcotics and evade citizenship tests through the Doctors office that she works in.Also supplying them with false identification and documentation.

I am very concerned about the illegal activities (Document Fraud, Identity Theft, Conducting crimes in America) that she is involved in. Please address the above issues as soon as possible.

Concerned Citizen

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TheShining
TheShining

When Sarahs Father took his position as a investigator cop,He had to have known that he was puting his family in danger with the people he was screwing with. So whos to blame?Far as we know this could be another bullsh*&^T story!

Jme4d
Jme4d

Yeah, that will show them. You are right, its his fault; he should have known better. (Talk about bullsh*&^T...)

volunteer
volunteer

Give it a rest. We're talking of ILLEGAL not ones who are persecuted. The tiny percent who are persecuted people have no problem with. It's the ones who cause the trouble that are the problem.

Jme4d
Jme4d

Idiot. This is just ONE of the reasons people come here ILLEGALLY...because they have no other legal recourse due to our broken immigration system. "tiny percent"? The percentage is not tiny...whole cities are dealing with situations like this. I just I hope that I am never so desparate that the best solution is to come to a country of ignorant people who know nothing about their own immirgation system.

Are you kidding me?
Are you kidding me?

Please, enlighten us as to how the immigration system is "broken" and, more importantly, what YOU would do to "fix" the problem.

As an aside, you do understand there is a difference between "asylum" and "immigration," don't you?

Jme4d
Jme4d

Well for starters... There is the problem of insufficient numbers of visas made available to bring in either high-skilled or less-skilled workers at the levels needed to meet the changing needs of the U.S. economy and labor market; and, the arbitrary visa caps that have created long backlogs of family members who must wait up to 20 years to be reunited with family living in the United States; and, the wage and workplace violations by unscrupulous employers who exploit immigrant workers and who are undercutting honest businesses and harming all workers; and ultimately, there is also the inadequate government infrastructure delaying the integration of immigrants who want to become U.S. citizens.

The laws already in place are not working...therefore, new "enforcement" laws will not work. Federal reform is needed. That is what I propose needs to be done to "fix" the problem. Several things need to be addressed, the foregoing is only a preview of my expirence with the system.

Fruthermore, I am more than familiar with what political asylum means; however, since it is our immigration system who handles the immigration of refugees based on this legal policy, I not sure what you mean by the "difference" between the two words?

Titopuente
Titopuente

After reading this story, I would be impressed if i did not know the history of other nations. Unfortunately other nations have gone through similar sorrows. Such was the case in Congo and Rwanda and the latest in Liberia and Somalia. I know, I know mexicans don't like being compared to blacks because from what I've heard they don't like black people (with a few exceptions). Now, the mexican government differs from those previously mentioned due to still having some form of "democratic" government and the structure of their society has not been lost like in Somalia where warlords simply took over Mogadishu and the place has forever remained frozen in violence and black marketing. However, Mexico has the problem/ question to resolve, what good is having a governing structure if your criminals have structured groups of syndicates which are just as organized as the government (if not better)? The Mexican Government at this point has no choice but to reconsider the death penalty for those which are proven to commit hanous acts against society. As for us??? The United States needs to understand that these people, if allowed, will come here in some cases, seeking refuge from the violence and in other cases hidden amongst the poor to create violent netwoks in our cities. The question for the U.S is, are you willing to sacrifice the savings from employing Americans over illegal immigrants with fake documents and stolen identities for the security of yourselves and your children? I know it was a long question but this is a long debate. Unfortunately laws like SB1070 did stir up some issues but the federal statutes have always been there and states chose not to enforce them because they were making good money off the backs of illegals. This is truely the downfall of capitalism; running the risk of loosing your very country for earning or saving a few bucks. LOL! This is the reason why we have procrastinated in creating a solution for this situation. Last but not least, the illegal aliens which enter the United States on a daily basis by the hordes only to begin finding out that they were better off in their homelands because the economy here still sucks. For the most part these people have third grade education and at times 10th grade education so they don't quite grasp the concept of applying for documentation such as visas from their home countries to come to the U.S legally and not have to worry about being chased around or having to fraudulently purchase identification which ultimately lands them in trouble and really damages their chances of becoming legal U.S residents and later Citizens. Yes folks, alot of news broadcasts say that the illegals should be offered citizenship.... they forget that first you have to become a resident (which has no right to vote) a process which takes about three years if you do things right and have a sponsor. Yes a legal citizen sponsor!! People forget that too. Well, i hope that whomever reads this post focuses on the questions i've posed. For those who are Patriots, please understand that alot of folks come here in pursuit of happiness. And for those that defend illegal immigration please understand that sometimes the just must bare the punishment with the sinful. Goodnite to all.

Jme4d
Jme4d

"Last but not least, the illegal aliens which enter the United States on a daily basis by the hordes only to begin finding out that they were better off in their homelands because the economy here still sucks. For the most part these people have third grade education and at times 10th grade education so they don't quite grasp the concept of applying for documentation such as visas from their home countries to come to the U.S legally and not have to worry about being chased around or having to fraudulently purchase identification which ultimately lands them in trouble and really damages their chances of becoming legal U.S residents and later Citizens. Yes folks, alot of news broadcasts say that the illegals should be offered citizenship.... they forget that first you have to become a resident (which has no right to vote) a process which takes about three years if you do things right and have a sponsor. Yes a legal citizen sponsor!!"

With the exception of your comment about LR's right to vote...everything else is completely incorrect. You are misinformed on several levels and it is obvious that you do not know anything about our current immigration laws or the statistics of any of the immigrants in this country, legal or otherwise.

BOZO
BOZO

Sad but whats America to do open another front and let more American boys die because of the ignorance that abounds in the rest of the world, I would bet thats where we will end up, another narco state that will take the American millitary to clean it up. Im sick of the worlds problems!

Drummerd32
Drummerd32

Boohoo. If we let enough of them in here, we are going to end up with the same human cesspool they came from. Keep them out. Make the illegals get out, no exceptions.

Jme4d
Jme4d

Geez...your human compassion is astounding. I bet if this was your family in danger you would care, no, demand help from someone, because all Americans have a sense of entitlement because they are FREE to act like jerks. Glad you are enjoying your freedom.

Ron_nesmith
Ron_nesmith

The only human cesspool that exist is your mothers womb! I know its immpossible, but lets try and keep the scum and the parasites that you come from outta there,no exceptions.

Non
Non

to those using drugs- this is the kind of garbage you support. stop using drugs then there will be no need to supply them and abuse innocent people.

Dreamer441984
Dreamer441984

While I agree on some levels, criminals will find criminal activity regardless. The problem still remains illegal's should be held accountable and kept out. 5 of the 9/11 attackers were illegal at the time of the attack, not using drugs wouldn't have changed that day.

nowimfound
nowimfound

By this logic, we should just let all of Mexico in. Their government is corrupt. Their police force is corrupt. Their thinking is corrupt. I'm not without compassion for the hell they live in there, but if they want our help, maybe we should take the troops no longer in Iraq and go help them in their land rather than opening a free for all in ours.

Are you kidding?
Are you kidding?

I'm reposting this, courtesy of Dr ByteRider (excellent write up). Some of you group-think idiots would be well served to actually read it, and maybe, oh gosh, I don't know, FOLLOW UP WITH YOUR OWN RESEARCH INSTEAD OF BELIEVING EVERYTHING THAT YOU READ IN ALT WEEKLIES:

Another montage of prairie muffins, youdathunk we saw it all. But, for the sake of the naive, let's go through each of your stated facts.

1. There's usually more to the story than you like you put in. Apparently, ink must be in short supply at NewTimes.

2. The man's first attempt at Asylum, by his own admission, wasn't a qualifying factor. "Someone wants to hurt me!" Well la-de-fricken-da, if that was a factor then the authors of this trash should be seeking Asylum in another country right now since the facts I have, below, are going to hurt-- least their feelings.

3. According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR):"UNHCR presented over 128,000 refugees for resettlement consideration by States. Some 84,000 refugees were resettled with UNHCR’s assistance. According to government statistics, 19 countries reported the admission of 112,400 resettled refugees during 2009 (with or without UNHCR assistance). The United States of America accepted the highest number (80,000)."(ref: UNHCR. (2009). "2009 Global Trends: Refugees, Asylum-seekers, Returnees, Internally Displaced and Stateless Person". Retrieved from http://www.unhcr.org/4c11f0be9..., pp 3)

Sure, you didn't say America doesn't take in OTHERS, but,

4. America took in those 80,000, above for a total of 275,461 refugees for the year of 2009. (ref: same reference, pp 28).

5. Our "rules" for seeking Asylum are MANDATING by UN Charter, so they are the same rules for ANY other country.

... And finally,

6. United States granted 2,878 Mexicans asylum in 2009, more than any other country. In fact, 4 times more with the next biggest country being Venezuela at 749. The United States DENIED only 336 Mexicans. That's a statistic of 11% denial!!!!! That's FEWER than almost every other country!(ref: US Department of Justice. (2009). "FY 2009 Asylum Statistics". Retrieved from http://www.justice.gov/eoir/ef...

Again, you're so full of shit your eyes are brown.

Razor_513
Razor_513

For those of you that think ILLEGAL immigrants dont cost us a ton of money...Arizonans fork out nearly $1.3 billion annually to pay for all of the costs incurred from illegal immigration; around $810 million for education, $400 million for health care related expenses, $80 million in incarceration costs, and the remainder in welfare benefits. All of this is required while Arizona runs a $500 million deficit annually Currently around 75% of the illegal immigrants in the U.S. live in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and Texas. Unfortunately, this leaves these states to bear most of the financial burden which include state welfare assistance in the form of food stamps, WIC and cash assistance, but it does not stop there. These Border States are also supposed to pay for trips to the emergency room, the costs associated with crimes, and education while collecting very little in the way of taxes.

Cbrandt55
Cbrandt55

I agree with you. Because of illegals my taxes have gone up and I am now working day to day. The State of Arizona has to cut spending because obama won't let us enorce the law against illegals. I wonder if I will have a job tomorrow. This is obamas fault.

Marqbons
Marqbons

This is why the US must protect the borders and enforce immigration policy or we will import a similar corruption. What makes the US attractive is being threatened by a large immigration population failing to assimilate into our culture. Note MEChA and MALDEF. Both these organizations seek the breakdown of US sovereignty. They are a production of an immigration class that has not assimilated into the US culture. Too many of a particular group will cause this. We are not xenophobic. The true US citizen wants a slow and controlled immigration policy so that the foundation of thought of the citizen base is homogenized: the preservation of natural law as it relates to the rights of life, liberty and property while being economically self reliant. This is the foundation of a population in harmony.

Susan Shao
Susan Shao

To Jacquelyne F. My first impression of your post is that you are a Mexican descent. Just because you personally spent money on your classroom does not justify Mexicans entering our country illegal. Not does it spell that they are the only ones keeping our economy afloat.BTW California is officially bankrupt, how did the illegal Mexicans working here illegally fix that problem? Lastly, the US government has spent way more than 16 billion USD on welfare, free medical on every birth for illegals, not including food stamps, free housing, and free education. If you think they should be here maybe you could spend your personal money on the items listed above for illegals. I for one won't.

Larryboning
Larryboning

Immigration law, as a matter of necessity, is about as emotional, as, say, a traffic light. The light is currently red. There are just so many immigrants, legal and otherwise, that this country can successfully assimilate without becoming a third-world country. To make selective exceptions based on human misery, I personally couldn't tell you where to stop: How about at least twenty-five percent of the people in central and south America? There is no inherent legal right for any person in any country to move to the U.S. and be granted citizenship. This country is not some sort of infinitely expandable wonderland that can magically absorb the rest of world's unhappy throngs, thereby rendering them both rich and enlightened. Since the frontier disappeared over 150 years ago Americans began wrestling with immigration law. And ironically, if we need a model of what run-amock immigration can do to country, we have no further to look than our own shining example. The space we now call America was never empty. That is the beginning of several national myths involving immigrants. There were at least 25 million native Americans here before the whites arrived from Europe. The numbers may have been even more staggering in central and south America. At any rate, within a few generations, there were less than a million. How's that for genocide? --For a holocaust? All courtesy of "immigration." Oh yeah, we all look back on our hallowed past as a reason to bust our own borders but from the beginning, immigration has been a mixed bag. How about the Irish led riots in New York City during the Civil War? Immigrant inspired mayhem toppled civil order in our greatest city and burned large portions of it to the ground. Grow up, New Times. Immigration usually creates as many problems as it solves. The emotion that drives your coverage is puerile and destructive. Mexico needs help all right. I for one am willing to do whatever is needed. We have been terrible neighbors in the past. Oppressors more like it. But transferring Mexico's population to the U.S. is an idiot's answer.

Gvaluikas
Gvaluikas

I keep hearing they are not criminals. Just by being here they are criminals. Nothing else matters once you break one law you are a criminal.

Gvaluikas
Gvaluikas

Send them back if if they are illegal. my family waited generations for papers. And yes, illegal does mean criminal.

Skooter-in-az
Skooter-in-az

If people south of the border want to come into the U.S. with out a visa they should come through Ellis Island in New York that is where my grand parents went though. All of this sympathy stuff is a bunch of bull. It is a FEDERAL LAW for ANYONE visiting in the U.S. to CARRY THEIR VISA, OR GREEN CARD, PERIOD. This amnesty issue is a bunch of bull. It is incredibly easy to get a green card or work visa just follow the rules, or steps. But people don't want to do it so they sneak across our border since they can and "expect" to get all of the rights that we have. I am a disabled vet and I fought for this country and paid the price for it too. It is a personal affront to me to have these people expect to be given what I have fought for. I personally know of people that did it the right way. It was simple, find a business that is willing to hire them, apply for the visa, ATTEND A CLASS TO LEARN ENGLISH AND GRADUATE, then take that form and you get your work visa. This is 1st hand info from a person that was living in Mexico and was teaching English to the people that were offered a job. This is post 9/11 infact this was back in 2004-2005.

Jacquelyne F
Jacquelyne F

Oh it's easy? Really? I love it when people who don't know what they are talking about open their mouth and speak. There is such a backlog of applications, it could take anywhere from six months to 10 years to be able to enter this country legally.

And shame on your from calling this "sympathy stuff" a bunch of bull. People are dying trying to do what's right and yet again....the U.S. is turning it's back. And shame on you for trying to capitalize on your "disability". You fought for this country because you wanted to. No one held a gun to your head and made you. No one behead and castrated your uncle because you refuse. If you are the "brave" that my country boasts of, I willt take a pass on celebrating your name. I would rather celebrate those who realize that ALL people deserve to have a home free of fear and worry about who will be kidnapped next. I would rather celebrate those who fight for basic HUMAN rights.

Are you kidding?
Are you kidding?

Ok, so it's "shame on Skooter" for "capitalizing" on his disability, but it's perfectly acceptable for you to "capitalize" on working 50-hour weeks and having to contribute your own money to school because evil taxpayers refuse to take a tax increase??

No one held a gun to your head and made you become a public school teacher. If YOU are the "hard-working" teachers that everyone boasts of, thanks anyway, I'll take a pass on celebrating your name as well, you worthless hypocrite.

Contrafax
Contrafax

Jacquelyne F. Do you know what conflict Skooter fought in? If it was Vietnam, you faced jail time if you were not wealthy enough to find a deferment. True it was not being shot, but those that died at Kent State were shot. Yes it is hard. I am not so sure it should be easier. Mexico and other South American countries have been a mess for a long time. Maybe those countries would be better served if those that were fleeing stayed and tried to fix it.

Are you kidding?
Are you kidding?

Um... wow. You're comparing modern day Mexico with Nazi Germany?

Note to Jacquelyne F: Nonsensical, ridiculous hyperbole generally doesn't help when you're trying to make a point.

Jacquelyne F
Jacquelyne F

I understand what you are saying Contrafax. But I have to wonder if some of those who perished at the hands of Nazi soliders thought the same thing. And then there were those men that destroyed an entire crematorium at Birkenau in protest. I believe they were murdered.It's very easy to say, stay and try to fix it. I simply think their lives are more precious to for that reason.

Razor_5169
Razor_5169

Hey Jacquelyne since our tax dollars pay for these people who enter this country illegally everyone has a right to their opinion. What have you ever done for this country? probably not much I suspect. Shame on you for tongue lashing a disabled vet. Need I remind you that illegal immigrant means exactly that illegal, even if the reasons they broke the law are noble. Stop showing how much of a ignorant bleeding heart liberal you are. People like you are why this country is in financial turmoil in the first place.

Are you kidding?
Are you kidding?

You cite a study conducted by CIPC, which describes itself as "a nonpartisan, nonprofit statewide organization that focuses on supporting pro-immigrant policies."

Right, nonpartisan my ass.

Further, the cited study MAKES NO DISTINCTION BETWEEN LEGAL AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. But you already knew that, right?

Who is paying you to spread this propaganda?

Are you kidding?
Are you kidding?

Wow. Us evil Arizona citizens don't pay enough taxes for schools? How about lowering administrative costs, cutting pork from school budgets? But no, your very first, knee-jerk response it's the evil taxpayer. Very telling.

If this is truly an issue of "HUMAN" rights, and modern day Mexico does indeed resemble Nazi Germany as you suggested above (LMFAO), the get the UN formally involved and have them deal with relocating these "refugees." Make it "fair" by spreading them around evenly, sending some to UN-participating countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, etc.

But that's not what you want, is it...

Razor_513
Razor_513

You are a complete idiot and if people like you are what is teaching our youth I feel sorry for the future of this country. Oh and why dont you do your research..Illegal aliens have cost billions of taxpayer-funded dollars for medical services. Dozens of hospitals in Texas, New Mexico Arizona, and California, have been forced to close or face insolvency since federally-mandated programs requiring free emergency room services to illegal aliens. At the Heritage Foundation Robert Rector is a, leading national authority on poverty, welfare and immigration. In May of 2007 Rector stipulated in a report, that the actual costs that illegal immigrants place, as a huge burden on taxpaying Americans. There were estimated to be 11 million illegal migrants (NOT IMMIGRANTS) in the U.S. in 2004, so the lie is extended to 2010 with the same figure in the Liberal press. In 2004 about 9.3 million of these individuals were adults, roughly half of whom lacked a high school degree. About 90 percent of illegal aliens are reported in the CPS. This report covers only those illegal nationals who are reported in the CPS and does not address the remaining 10 percent not counted by the U.S.Census. The Heritage Foundation, however, has revealed that illegal immigrants take in $32,138 in immediate benefits and services for every $9,686 in taxes they pay out. FAIR research specifies that “between 40 and 50 percent of wage-loss among low-skilled Americans is due to the legal migration of low-skilled workers. Some native workers lose not just wages but their jobs through illegal alien competition. An estimated 1,880,000 American workers are displaced from their employment every year by immigration; the expenditure for providing welfare and assistance to these Americans is over $15 billion a year.”Another massive problem that these studies often leave out is that history demonstrates that another amnesty will encourage more desperate people to come here illegally. It happened after the 1986 amnesty? In that instance, 3 million people were legalized on the premise that there would be robust immigration enforcement to stop more people from coming, according to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. The U.S. administration failed to provide this promised enforcement and millions more came here illegally; and still coming.The Us Border Patrol estimates that an average of 10,000 illegal aliens cross the border every day – over 3 million per year. A third will be caught and many of them immediately will turn around and try again. About half of those remaining will become permanent (ILLEGAL) U.S. residents. Current immigration practices, both legal and illegal, operate like a system of trans-national welfare outreach bringing millions of fiscally dependent individuals into the U.S. This policy needs to be changed. U.S. immigration policy should encourage high-skill immigration and strictly limit low-skill immigration. In general, government policy should limit immigration to those who will be net fiscal contributors, avoiding those who will increase poverty and impose new costs on overburdened U.S. taxpayers.” Means-tested programs are typically termed welfare programs. Unlike direct benefits, means-tested programs are available only to households below specific income thresholds. Means-tested welfare programs provide cash, food, housing, medical care, and social services to poor and low-income persons. For example, children in illegal immigrant households are eligible for and do receive public education. We all know by now nobody asks for immigration status at the emergency room, whereas Americans must supply a driver’s license and SS #. So then debt collection companies can hunt YOU unmercifully for payment, while illegal aliens walk out never to be seen again. So check your facts idiot!!

Jacquelyne F
Jacquelyne F

What have I done for my country? You mean aside from putting ing 50+ work weeks of teaching our nations youth? And not mentioning the thousands upon thousands of dollars that I put into my classroom from my own money because citizens oppose every single tax hike that could possible help in the classroom? I guess I don't do anything.

And there is no shame on me for lashing anyone. I spoke the truth. This is about HUMAN rights now with everything going on just south of us. And then men and women of our country just spent years defending the human rights of the people of the middle east. All of a sudden those who enter illegally are less deserving of these rights. I don't buy it.

And for those of you cry that illegal immigrants are a drain on our country financially, I beg that you do your research (before you put your two cents in). Even though the economy was bad in our country Arizona did not really feel it until our legislation started passing laws preventing immigrants from working. And the majority of them do not get out of paying taxes. There's property tax, sales tax, etc. that they pay. It is estimated that illigal immigrants put in $16 billion dollars into California's economy and do not take out nearly that much. However, without them here that is $16 billion dollars gone and I don't remember Arizona's estimate. They put in much more than they take. Without them here we are feeling the sting of our own rightousness biting us in the butt. But oh well, they are here illegally. That's all that counts.

http://www.allbusiness.com/gov...

Pagan
Pagan

They figure why bother granting asylum, whether denied or granted, they'll sneak in anyway. What's the difference?

Contrafax
Contrafax

asylum is denied for applicants of all countries not just Mexico, as usual The New Times is just attempting to make things worse not tell the truth

Susan Shao
Susan Shao

First of all in Sarah's story she never mentioned that she was beaten by the drug cartel or that her mother was raped. Sounds fishy. At any rate, just coming to America is not the right choice because.#1. We don't want Mexicans coming here to spread fear to our innocent American citizens. By Sarah and her mother coming here only increased the potential of the cartels putting price on their head, and seeking them out in the US. We need to stop them from entering and being sought out here on our soil. (It happens all the time)#2. Let the President of Mexico stop blaming the US because he can not control the drug cartels in his own country. If he wants to direct the problem to the US then let the US go into their and take control of the murderous cartels and put a stop to the murder, drugs and power the cartels hold. By he won't. He only wants to put the blame on the US. So sad, and such a lame leader.#3. The US takes in 1000's of refugees everyday. I personally have worked with Sudanese refugees, if you want to be sympathetic to Mexico try Sudan, Burma the Congo or Rwanda, who experience ethnic cleansing, and have no way out. #4. STOP Accusing the US for Mexico's problems. If they want our help than allow us to come there and clean up that mess. Our soldiers in Afghanistan face much worse than Mexico's drug cartels. Enough Said.

Nckt_trejo
Nckt_trejo

Disgusting. The innocent citizens of the United States can provide the weapons for the Mexicans to terrorize their people with, and we provide the demand for the drugs and kidnapped victims, and we sit back and watch it with a shamed look on our face because we have created the perfect scape goat. We created that mess. We took the land, created havic, isolated them, provided them with the means for distruction, and now we watch? It's no different than an incompetant moran telling me 'all "black" people need to go back to Africa. This country was founded on goodness and black people just bring violence.' No, Our land was taken, we were forced here, beaten and murdered into submission, and considered dangerous for the country. Now the ignorant ones who want to blame everything on the 'white man' for his problems has become foolishly self demeaning, even though its because they are just wallowing in self pity and doesnt want to help himself. But more help is given to that man than one who is slowly being tortured by our mistakes, because we're to damned blinded with discrimination. Truly, God will bless this nation when we wipe the blindness from our eye. He won't bless anything so full of hate and sorrow my friends.

Susan Shao
Susan Shao

Of course there are two sides to every story. You have made some valid points, if you want to take the blame for Mexico's problems be my guest. I on the other hand will not accept that pointless guilt. A few corrections here, if your referring to Arizona, California and Texas, your own people in Mexico SOLD it to the USA. That was over 150 yrs ago, and if AZ CA or TX was just as poor as Mexico you Mexicans wouldn't even want it. You would still be jumping the border to get into the USA. No matter where we put the fence there is just no end or to what limits you people would come here illegally. In all my years of traveling world wide I can't imagine entering another country illegally. There are fines and laws that most other countries enforce, including Mexico.It is like entering your neighbors house and asking for free rent, food and free education. Then telling the owners of the house they are racist when you try to tell then you can no longer afford to support them.

Datamos80
Datamos80

Dear Susan,Maybe you should go and live in Mexico to realize how bad it is there. people like you just talk BS about things which have not idea about how bad it is. Sudan, Burma and the Congo are thousands miles away. Our direct issue is Mexico. The drug issue is not only Mexico problem is our main problem in our country!

Susan Shao
Susan Shao

To Datamos80: Ah I have lived in third world countries for 10 years. There are other countries in this world besides Mexico who need our help. Maybe you should go and live in a few other countries where the only food is grass. Then maybe you can have sympathy for others. Mexico has put itself in the position it is in. If the US border to Mexico was any other country Mexico would still be crying the same song. It doesn't matter what country is on your border, you are still to blame for what takes place in your country. Example? Thailand is on the border with China, Viet Nam, Laos, and Burma. Yet the King of Thailand and its leaders have never fallen to its neighbors problems. They remain a democracy, free and prosperous for a third world country. I work with Mexican/Americans every weekend, and we get along. But for you who want to put the blame on the US need to wake up and grow some balls.

Contrafax
Contrafax

First, the problem with drugs is their illegality. Second. So Sorry, we did NOT create the mess in Mexico did. Look at Mexico's history. Look HARD. Not just the first article you find that blames the US

Minermike61
Minermike61

It is funny. I have heard people state that we should decriminalize drugs. The idea being that if it wasn't a crime then the drug thugs would lose their power. Who do you think you're fooling? They would just find a different way to use their guns. Maybe stealing legally grown pot at gunpoint so that they can sell it themselves. Possibly selling it tax free like they do with cigarettes in some states. That particular crime escaped notice for years until the Feds raised tobacco taxes to the current rate.Now there is a real profit to be made, thanks to your Federal employees. I believe it was Bill Clinton raised them this high.Mexico needs help wiping the drug groups off the face of the map but they are fighting to things. Fear and greed.As soon as we can convince Americans to stop buying drugs that would take part of the problem away.

Alfredwbush
Alfredwbush

These heartless commentors are disgusting. They should be deported to mexico.

Seanconrad
Seanconrad

We owe Mexico and Mexicans nothing.

 
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