Local Reporter Faces Deportation

Mario Guevara a reporter for Mundo Hispanico was denied political asylum and has filed appeal. An article in today’s Gwinnett Daily Post describes Guevara’s ordeal.

In September of that year (2003), he was covering “leftist demonstrations” when he was approached by several radicals and accused of being an undercover agent of the ruling Salvadoran political party, a conservative pro-business group called the Nationalist Republican Alliance.

Within a month, things had escalated. According to documents filed in his case with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Guevara was covering a protest when he was called out by name and attacked with rocks. The photo in his office was taken in the aftermath.

Ten days later he was confronted in a park. Two men said they knew him and his family, and described him as a “military objective.” They said they would find him alone and kill him. Mirian, his wife, frequently saw men lurking outside their home.


  1. saltycracker says:

    When things don’t add up, even to ICE and the anti-illegal crowd, there is something in the stories missing. Is there a hidden politican agenda to this family’s issues ?

    • Blake says:

      I doubt it. He filed for asylum after the deadline. Most Immigration Judges are not inclined to find extenuating circumstances that would waive that kind of error.

      • saltycracker says:

        What caught my eye was the judge said El Salvador would not present a problem for him, the trend has been lenient even for the non-productive illegals & although a low percentage of success he seemed to make a case. HB87 & all immigration laws should be enforced but zero tolerance is a flawed policy. The laws need overhauling and our Fed legislators refuse to do it.

        • Blake says:

          I would agree with everything there, except I’m not sure where the trend has been for leniency (granted, with the huge exception of Obama’s recent prosecutorial discretion directive from DREAM-type illegal immigrants, which has not however really kicked in–I believe the overall trend has been up, not down, until now).

  2. joe says:

    It would seem to me that a good lawyer would have told Guevara that Atlanta was the wrong place to file for asylum, and that he should move to a more friendly venue before filing.

    I apologize for using “good” and “lawyer” in the same sentence.

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