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Thursday, April 08, 2004

Edgar Chocoy Guzman

A very tragic story from the Denver Post:

The case of a Guatemalan boy who fled gang violence and begged for asylum in Denver - but was deported, then murdered - brought calls from Congress, advocacy groups and the United Nations on Wednesday for better treatment of immigrant children.

Edgar Chocoy, 16, was one of a growing number of children from poor countries spilling into the United States. He allegedly entered illegally at age 14 after gang members threatened to kill him. He found his mother, who had abandoned him as an infant, and fell into gang activity in Los Angeles. When immigration officials moved to deport him, he claimed he'd be killed back in Guatemala. An aunt in Washington, D.C., offered to take custody. But an immigration judge rejected his case.

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