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July 16, 2021

'It Was My Life Or It Was Death': A Guatemalan Woman Escapes Violence And Seeks Asylum In Charlotte
By Maria Ramirez Uribe

Data from the Department of Homeland Security says more than 307,000 immigrants applied for asylum in 2019 and around 46,000 of them were granted it. Unlike refugees, asylum seekers have already entered the United States when they apply for this status. Soon after arriving in Charlotte, Vargas met immigration attorney Rebekah Niblock from the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy. Niblock has been able to get Vargas’ children food stamps and health insurance and is now helping her apply for asylum. Charlotte’s immigration court is considered one of the toughest in the nation. Data out of the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University finds that between 2009 and 2021, more than 80% of asylum cases were denied.

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