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Mexican journalist’s 15-year quest to receive U.S. asylum ends with a yes

Emilio Gutiérrez Soto fled with his son to the U.S. border in 2008 after his reporting on the Mexican military led to threats. He was working on a Michigan farm when he got the news that his asylum request was finally approved.

Emilio Gutiérrez Soto and son Oscar reunite after being released on July 26, 2018.

Emilio Gutiérrez Soto in a photo taken on Sept. 13, 2023 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Gutiérrez Soto was granted eligibility for asylum, 15 years after crossing into the United States seeking refuge.

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