HOUSTON (AP) — Advocates for a Mexican journalist detained in a remote West Texas facility are asking the U.S. government to grant him asylum instead of deporting him to a country where he believes he’ll be killed.
Emilio Gutierrez Soto fled to the United States a decade ago after articles he wrote alleging corruption in the Mexican military caused his name to land on a hit list. After coming within hours of potential deportation, Gutierrez is appealing the denial of his asylum request while in detention.READ MORE: LA City Council Considers Motion To Achieve Carbon Neutrality By 2030
His lawyer, Eduardo Beckett, said Monday that he thinks the U.S. government is trying to push Gutierrez into leaving.READ MORE: Video Shows North Hills Hit-And-Run Crash Which Killed Infant Boy In Stroller
But Gutierrez says he’s afraid of taking “one step into Mexico.”
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