“Attorney Carlos Spector will examine generally how extortions, kidnappings, and human rights violations in Mexico by authorized crime displaces Mexican
citizens resulting in their fleeing to the United States in search of political asylum. He will also discuss how the U.S. asylum legal framework tends to reinforce the
widespread misconception that such crimes do not occur and that the Mexican government is able and willing to control said organized crime. Additionally,
it will be argued that the 90% denial rate of Mexican asylum claims is rooted in the history of U.S. asylum law, foreign policy, and fluid domestic considerations.
The presentation will focus upon the experience of Mexican asylum seekers in the El Paso, Texas area from 2008-2017.”