Monday, December 6, 2010

Anti-deport effort would shield immigrants from Mexico violence | Immigration | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

Anti-deport effort would shield immigrants from Mexico violence Immigration Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

It's a potentially explosive idea being circulated on petitions in Houston's Latino supermarkets, lobbied for in Chicago's Hispanic neighborhoods and now is landing on the front pages of the Spanish-language press.

With more than 30,000 dead in the last four years from drug violence in Mexico, some immigrant advocates are starting to lobby the U.S. government to grant millions of illegal immigrants from Mexico "Temporary Protected Status," a kind of temporary reprieve from deportation generally reserved for countries ravaged by natural disasters or destabilized by war.


"There is a big chance of getting kidnapped and killed over there right now. It is extremely, extremely violent," said Victor Ibarra, the president of the Houston advocacy organization Alianza Mexicana. "That is why we're asking for temporary protection."

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