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May 13th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Mexicans fleeing drug war seek U.S. political asylum

(CNN) – The brutal drug trade violence in Mexico is pushing our neighbor to the brink and forcing many of its residents to flee their homeland. But many people, looking for a way out of the chaos, are facing enormous obstacles here in the United States. Our Thelma Gutierrez has the report.


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  1. bucko2009

    By all of the polls Americans, the legal ones, are overwhelmingly in favor of the law. I stopped watching cnn, especially its token latino rick sanchez, a long time ago. I only check online occasionaly to see what the latest misinformation that its teleprompter readers put out.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:40 pm |
  2. the truth hurts

    Stop making it an american taxpayer`s problem!

    May 16, 2010 at 2:04 am |
  3. zephyrwinds

    With all the problems in this country, now is not the time to take on more. We must secure our borders and deport illegals. I honestly feel sorry for the Mexican people that need to flee, but, there are a lot of countries with a lot of problems and at this point and time in our econmic crisis, to take on more people is shooting ourelf in the foot.

    May 15, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  4. roger

    It is sad that Thelma Gutierrez"s father was killed while doing his job and being honest.
    However, it is time that the Mexican population come together and change their corrupt government. They need to take a page out of our history book where we went through numerous wars and thousands on thousands died to get our government today. No, it is not perfect but a hell of a lot better than Mexico's and others. We did not have another country to run to or seek asylum. The "answer" is not to sneak into another country illegally, or seek asylum, but to come together and fight for what they want and believe.
    The people in other governments (Thailand and Iran) and doing just this. It will take years, if not decades, and yes, thousands will die and sacrifice, but it is better than what exists today.

    May 14, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  5. roger

    Please do not take any of my comments with animosity because I am just trying to be realistic about this problem.
    It is sad that Thelma Gutierrez's father was killed just doing his job and being honest. But, the fact exists that Mexico is one of the most corrupt countries in the world, and the most corrupt in the Western Hemisphere that is on the brink of no return unless something is done 'immediately'.
    The US went through numerous wars, millions have died and sacrificed to get the government we have today which is by all means not perfect but a hell of a lot better than Mexico and others. We did not have another country to rely on for our solution. It is time for the Mexicans to take a page out of our history and FIGHT for a government ruled by the people (that is also occuring in Thailand and Iran). Yes, thousands will die, but the results WILL be BETTER than what exists today.

    May 14, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  6. jim

    watching cnn faithfully I am noticing a bias toward enforcement of the
    Arizona immigration law. Entering the U.S. legally is rhe correct way and all others should not be encouraged .Are the American people in favor of enforcement of this law or not ???

    May 14, 2010 at 7:13 am |
  7. nancy

    Mexico is a huge country, let them move someplace else in Mexico to get away from the "violence".

    May 13, 2010 at 2:33 pm |
  8. Ralph Patch

    Poor babies. Why don't we just have them all move here. In fact, we could rename our country "The United States of America and Mexico". Then, I can move to Canada.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:35 am |