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The Otay Mesa port of entry has seen a large influx of asylum seekers from Mexico in recent days, as reported by Fox News on August 12. An anonymous source, who allegedly works at the port of entry, told Fox News that in one day nearly 200 Mexican nationals asked for asylum status at Otay Mesa alone.

Sources told Fox News that the increase was clearly orchestrated by someone, considering typically fewer than 200 Mexicans ask for asylum in a whole year.

A Tijuana newspaper, El-Mexicano, reported that a DVD was being sold on the streets with instruction on how to properly seek asylum in the United States. The video is allegedly sold for $300 USD. It is unclear how many or if any immigrants have actually used the video.

Many analysts have stated that the influx is tied to the extreme violence in the state of Michoacán. Dozens have been killed in recent weeks, including a high ranking military officer. Rural towns have been devastated by gunmen and shootouts, forcing many to flee their homes.

On June 18, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services updated their requirements on who is eligible to apply for asylum. Some suggest the revision of requirements allows a person solely with credible fear of returning home to apply. Before, most applicants were those belonging to a specific group of people who were fleeing persecution for reasons such as ethnicity, religion, or political status.

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Comments

Diogenes Aug. 13, 2013 @ 8:27 a.m.

Very sad situation.

Since Nixon launched the war on drugs, there are higher profits for drug pushers. Free market principles would predict this outcome. Limiting the supply increases the price of the product. Getting people hooked becomes more profitable.

Ditto with alcohol and tobacco.

Most drug users started with tobacco and/or alcohol to alter their mood. Yet, society accepts these legal drugs.

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Javajoe25 Aug. 13, 2013 @ 11:08 a.m.

I would like to know how a person applying for asylum is dealt with as compared to a person applying to immigrate into the U.S..

As to the drug war, you got that right, Dioge, the war on drugs has been a huge gift to the security-related industries. It has also resulted in massive overcrowding in the prisons.

IMHO, the forces engaged in fighting this so-call war, are the last who would actually want it to come to an end. There is way too much money involved on both sides.

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CaptainObvious Aug. 13, 2013 @ 6:14 p.m.

ICE had it right with the Cubans. Tent camps on Border Field would be much cheaper than paying for hotels, and better than releasing them on this side of the border.

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