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Mexican official’s messages offer hope of asylum in U.S.

Posted: December 29, 2013 at 4:52 a.m.

LA RUANA, Mexico — Jittery families cram into his tiny office daily. Hundreds more have appeared at the San Diego border 1,500 miles away, clutching an official-looking letter bearing his name, gambling that its description of the violence in this blistering stretch of central Mexico will help them gain asylum in the United States.

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