Group: Many Mexicans need asylum to escape government persecution
AUSTIN, Texas — Jorge Luis Reyes Salazar remembers when soldiers arrived in March 2008 in Guadalupe, a small Mexican farming community along the border in the Juárez Valley about 50 miles from Juárez.
They swept through the streets of his hometown, he said, terrorizing families and ransacking homes in what they said were searches for drugs, guns and money.
"A war began, but not against narco trafficking — against civil society," Reyes, 19, told an audience of about 70 people Wednesday at a forum held by the Texas Observer. "The people — people like my family — began to protest."
Information from Austin American-Statesman