Marisol Valles Garcia is the 20-year-old former police chief of the notorious town of Praxedis G. Guerrero, Mexico. After the town’s mayor and police chief were murdered, this young criminology student took on the job of Police Chief. Crazy! Nevertheless, she garnered the title of The Bravest Woman in Mexico. After a four months, she fled to the U.S. with her small child, her husband, mother and two sisters, seeking asylum and telling of the threats on her life from drug cartels. Once she reached the U.S. (about three months ago) there’s been little news about her. Yesterday she spoke to the press. See a video below.
Her latest statements were prompted by the wounding of another Praxedis policewoman, Rosario Rosales Ramírez, 40, her husband, Héctor Bonifacio Galván Cuevas, 45, and their son, Jorge Galván Rosales, 21.
Her attorney, Carlos Spector, said Valles Garcia has “a well-founded fear of persecution” because of Wednesday’s attack on the female officer. Mexican officials say the officer and her husband and child were stabbed in their home during a robbery, not an assassination attempt.
“What happened to my fellow policewoman could have happened to me. If it didn’t, it’s because I am here with my family. But I’m nervous this could happen to more people, to police officers,” Valles Garcia said at a news conference Friday.
Valles Garcia asked for U.S. asylum, claiming she fears for her life because she has “denounced widespread corruption in all levels of government in Mexico,” said Spector.
While it may seem that asylum will be granted to a person like Marisol, it’s not a certainty and other threatened Mexican law enforcement have been turned down in the past:
Mexicans asking for asylum face an uphill battle. The U.S. received nearly 19,000 asylum requests from Mexico since 2005, but granted asylum to just 319 petitioners between 2005 and 2010.
A recent Immigration Court case in Texas denied the asylum petition from a police officer from Juarez, Mexico. The officer’s name is Jose Alarcon, age 27, and he was employed as a cop in one of the world’s most lawless cities. In 2008, he was wounded in a gun battle with drug gangs and he survived only to see his partner killed in another gunfight.
When Alarcon refused bribes from the city’s drug lords, he knew it was a matter of days before they killed him, too. Alarcon, his wife and two young children fled to El Paso to seek asylum in the United States.
In early January, Alarcon’s asylum case was denied by a Dallas federal immigration judge. The case could set a precedent for other Mexican police officers seeking asylum in the U.S. It’s difficult to determine how many officers have requested asylum because U.S. immigration officials do not collect the data…
In Alarcon’s case, the judge ruled that the dangers he faced as a police officer in Juarez were “the risks police officers have to take,” Humble says.
Alaracon is appealing and is allowed to remain in the U.S. until the appeal is decided.
When Marisol took on the job of police chief she publicly said she would not be a threat to drug cartels. She didn’t carry a gun, and asked for peace for her community. Instead, the notoriety of her position as Police Chief shed an unwelcome light on Praxedis. Her parents home was ransacked, and increasingly she felt threatened.
I suggest we keep the Marisol Valles Garcia’s and the Jose Alaracon’s and send 50,000 illegals arrested for ANY reason, and illegal convicts, for each one. I don’t know how a judge can rule that being a police officer in Mexico disqualifies a person. Some persons it certainly would, as we know police can be corrupt, but we have to ask, does anyone except the cartels want ONLY corrupt police in Mexico? Who in their right mind will take the job, especially in one of the high-crime, smuggling areas directly south of our border? His ruling renders Mexico even more lawless than it is today. See the current interview with Marisol in this video.