[QODLink]
Witness
Fort Hancock
While Mexico's drug war rages on, where do those caught in the crossfire find a safe haven?
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2012 14:18

Filmmaker: John Goheen

The flight of Mexicans to the US has long been primarily for economic reasons, but for many it has now become a matter of life and death.

Mexico is the battleground in an increasingly violent turf war over drugs and for many Mexicans in border communities the only safe haven lies across the international border. Meanwhile, the evolving situation is transforming towns in the US and forcing US officials to reconsider the concept of asylum, and who should qualify for the protection it offers.

More from Al Jazeera's Narco Season:

Witness: The Deadliest Beat
Fault Lines: Mexico: Impunity and profits
Fault Lines: Mexico's hidden war
Fault Lines extra: Community interviews
Fault Lines extra: Pastor Galvan
Fault Lines extra: Crime scenes in Juarez

In Fort Hancock, Texas, Mexicans from the nearby town of El Porvenir are begging to stay with American relatives because they say their town has been terrorised by drug gangs who have burned down homes and killed people in the street. Fear hangs in the air for Mexicans and Americans alike.

The number of Mexicans requesting asylum in the US has more than doubled over the course of a year. The problem is that Mexico has one of the largest rates of asylum denial, with just 183 of 9,000 requests granted in the last three years.

Emilio Gutierrez, a Mexican journalist, had his life threatened for writing stories about the drug situation in his home country, and fled to the US with his son. He is just one of many other media professionals who have fled Mexico on special temporary visas, who are desperate for legal status to remain there. He takes us through the agony of being a reporter stuck on the other side, watching his country get torn apart by the drugs war.

 


Click here for more on Witness.

387

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
Muslim volunteers face questioning and threat of arrest, while aid has been disrupted or blocked, charities say.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
ISIL combatants seeking an 'exit strategy' from Mideast conflict need positive reinforcement back home, analysts say.
European nation hit by a wave of Islamophobia as many young fighters join ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
Featured
Lacking cohesive local ground forces to attack in tandem, coalition air strikes will have limited effect, experts say.
Hindu right-wing groups run campaign against what they say is Muslim conspiracy to convert Hindu girls into Islam.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
Muslim caretakers maintain three synagogues in eastern Indian city, which was once home to a thriving Jewish community.
Amid fresh ISIL gains, officials in Anbar province have urged the Iraqi government to request foreign ground troops.
join our mailing list