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I'm Safe, But Not Yet Free

Posted On: Jan 20, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

Leer en español. In the summer of 2008, I got a warning the Mexican military was about to ambush me. The warning came from a local schoolteacher in the northern town of La Ascensión. I wasted no time wondering if it was real. In Mexico, to be a journalist on the wrong side of the authorities is not a safe place to be. In the middle of the night, I fled with my teenage son, Oscar. We headed for a ranch about 17 miles from our home in Chihuahua called “La Virgencita”-the little Virgin-where they gave us shelter. I found it hard to believe that we had left our home forever. But our priority was to survive. The only way I could see was to claim political asylum in the United States. That was our shot at life. Two days later, I decided to travel through the desert to get to the border checkpoint 38 miles away at Antelope Wells, N.M. This was the closest crossing point and therefore the fastest route to escape the prowling military. Today, I am one of many hundreds of asylum seekers, uncertain of my future in...

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