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February 14, 2017

Community defends beloved Mexican man scheduled for deportation on Valentine’s Day
By Tim Rogers

Felipe felt alone and scared in Mexico City, so he fled back to the U.S. He tried unsuccessfully to cross the border in 2013, but got caught and deported. He reentered a year later and asked for asylum. After passing his “credible fear” interview—the first step in an asylum case is proving that you are fleeing legitimate danger to seek refuge in the U.S.—he was released on $7,500 bond to go live in Durham with his former high school friend Francisco Vargas, who later became his boyfriend. After fighting for asylum for three years, Felipe’s case was rejected by an immigration judge who has denied asylum requests more than 84% of the time over the past six years, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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