Mexican police officer seeks political asylum

November 25, 2010 § 1 Comment

A Dallas immigration judge is deliberating an asylum request by a former Ciudad Juárez police officer who fled to the US to escape drug violence and alleged threats from a cartel. Because of privacy and safety issues, the Wednesday hearing involving José Alarcón was closed to the public – a measure allowed under Justice Department rules for asylum cases. The request was made shortly after the hearing opened by Alarcón’s attorney, Ludo Perez Gardini, who had been guarded about certain details of the case involving his 27-year-old client. A written opinion will come later from Judge James Nugent, said a Justice Department spokeswoman. Perez Gardini has said Alarcón belonged to a persecuted social group and that the government was unable to protect him in 2008. In interviews with The Dallas Morning News, Alarcón said he was in a gunfight he believed was initiated in revenge for arrests made in 2008. Corruption and pressure to work for drug cartels was heavy in Juárez, a city across from El Paso, Alarcón said. (Dallas AM News)

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