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Charlotte Observer
January 30, 2018

Trump called out MS-13 violence in speech. This NC teen is in hiding from the gang.
By Jane Wester

President Donald Trump highlighted MS-13 in his State of the Union address Tuesday, saying underage gang members have brought violence to the U.S. through illegal immigration. But more children are crossing the border as gang victims than gang members, advocates said in an August 2017 NPR story. People seeking asylum due to gang violence in Central America have had a particularly difficult time in Charlotte, where immigration cases are decided for North and South Carolina, the Marshall Project-Washington Post story said. The three Charlotte-based immigration judges decided 1,295 asylum cases on their merits between fiscal year 2012 and fiscal year 2017, according to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. They granted asylum in 18 percent of those cases. Nationwide, immigration judges granted nearly half of asylum claims during the same period. Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article197453334.html#storylink=cpy

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