Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Fleeing violence, more Mexicans seek U.S. asylum

Jose Jimenez, a mechanic, is now doing odd jobs in an American town after escaping a violent city in northern Mexico where drug traffickers threatened to kill him when he refused to build secret compartments in tractor-trailers to hide U.S.-bound drug shipments. He's hoping the U.S. immigration system can keep him alive — and he's not alone. He is one of a growing number of Mexicans receiving asylum in the United States, where until recently most Mexican immigrants had sought work permits. But the escalating drug violence south of the border over the past four years has prompted immigration judges and federal asylum officers to approve more asylum petitions...more

Jose Jimenez? You've got to be kidding.

Perhaps you remember these comedy routines by Bill Dana...as Jose Jimenez.

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