The number of Mexican immigrants filing for asylum in the United States is on the rise as cartel violence affects more people each year. The perceived increase in cartel-related, violent crime is displacing people similar to how a war forces displaced refugees out of a country; but the United States is not accepting a great majority of the applications for asylum. This paper explores the more broadly applicable law that protects persecuted people; some of the issues that have simultaneously contributed to increased migration to the United States and aggressive expansion by the drug cartels; the result of the application of current laws to asylum seekers and the pros and cons of widened protection; and a proposed amended legislative approach.
International policies that benefit an international community protect the interest of humanity as a whole, so it is important to consider whether a body of law will work in the long run.
Perry B Nava. "The Case for Mexican Asylum Seekers Fleeing Cartel Violence" ExpressO
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