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A commendable defection [Commentary]

The United States grants asylum protection to immigrants of special humanitarian concern who were persecuted in their home countries because of their membership in a particular group and who aren't barred from eligibility because of some past crime or potential danger. We typically think of asylum recipients as being refugees forced to flee religious, ethnic or political torment. But what about former gang members? A 33-year-old Baltimore County man who entered the country illegally from El Salvador in 2000 is seeking asylum as a defense against deportation. Julio Ernesto Martinez claims he came to the U.S. to escape the violent Mara Salvatrucha gang (MS-13), which he joined as a...

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