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Mexicans seek asylum from violence

Many come from cartel-ravaged ‘Hot Country’

SAN DIEGO — Elizabeth Silva was walking her younger sister to school when two hooded men burst into her house and fired three bullets into her father. When her 14-year-old brother rushed out of his bedroom to see what was happening, he was also shot dead.

The killings in a sun-seared farming region of western Mexico prompted her to board a bus to the US border to seek asylum, a hugely popular escape route in a remote area that has seen some of the country’s worst drug-fueled violence. As gunfire rang in the distance, her family hurried out of the cemetery after burying the bodies and fled the same day.

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