A Mexican reporter detained for seven months since slipping across the border into the United States with his teenaged son, two and a half years ago, is now seeking to legalize his crime by requesting political asylum.
Emilio Gutierrez Soto has told immigration authorities that his life was threatened on a nearly daily basis.
The plea has a good chance of working for them.
Four months ago another Mexican reporter, Jorge Luis Aguirre, claimed similar threats and had his U.S. asylum request granted.
Aguirre has opined that he thinks Gutierrez has a “great chance of winning.” Above all, Aguirre said the court should consider the lives of Gutierrez and his son. “That they would be dead in Mexico, no one disputes,” Aguirre wrote in Spanish.
Previously, Alejandro Hernandez Pacheco, a cameraman for the Mexico’s Televisa network, and three other members of the Mexican media claimed they were held captive for almost a week, allegedly tortured, starved and beaten. Now they and their families are seeking asylum.
Another reporter, Luis Horacio Najera, was granted political asylum in Canada.
Last month, the Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center, an illegal immigration advocacy group, unsuccessfully petitioned the Department of Homeland Security to suspend its policy of detaining the illegal trespassers — regardless of their claim of asylum.
In 2009, the Los Angeles Times wrote a sympathetic piece titled Mexico‘s drug war creates new class of refugees.
Seeing Red AZ advised about the new class of political refuges seeking asylum status last April.
The claim worked well for Barack Obama’s Kenyan-born aunt Zeituni Onyango who lived in taxpayer supported public housing in Boston. She was granted asylum in a private hearing six years after being ordered deported.