Exiles Speak Out Against Claims They're Gaming System

Carlos Gutierrez, a native of Chihuahua, Mexico, never envisioned coming to the U.S. to seek a better life, the way millions of his countrymen have done for decades. The successful businessman was doing quite well for himself until just a few years ago.

That was when criminals chopped off his legs for failure to pay their monthly $10,000 extortion demands, forcing the 35-year-old to flee and seek asylum in the United States in 2011. His case was administratively closed — put on hold because immigration officers deemed his removal a low priority — and he was granted a work permit ...

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