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Desert Sun
February 27, 2019

‘We’re going to find you.’ Mexican cartels turn social media into tools for extortion, threats and violence
By Rebecca Plevin and Omar Ornelas

The number of Mexicans seeking asylum in the United States has increased by more than two-and-a-half times since 2014, according to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC. Social media threats are becoming a more common type of evidence in such cases, according to Tania Nunez Amador, an immigration attorney based in Culver City, Calif. For her Mexican asylum clients, most of whom are from Guerrero and Michoacán, virtual threats were often “the breaking point,” she said, that finally spurred them to flee and seek refuge in the United States.

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