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August 27, 2019

A victim of violence in her own country, her fate would be decided by a tough immigration judge
By Maria Cramer and Gal Tziperman Lotan

Requests for asylum from people fleeing El Salvador have risen sharply since 2016, and the country is in the grip of gang violence that authorities have not brought under control. Asylum requests from the Central American nation, never more than 2,000 between 2001 and 2015, have so far this year ballooned to 11,960, according to the Syracuse University Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. Of the recent requests, 80 percent have been denied.

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