With the amount of rampant violence and murder from unchecked drug cartels and reported al Qaeda and Hezbollah involvement in Mexico, at some point, should Mexicans rushing across the US border be considered refugees?
Generally, a refugee is a person who has fled his/her country because of fear of persecution. U.S. law incorporated the refugee definition contained in the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, Adopted in Geneva in 1951, which defines a refugee as a person who:
“owing to a well founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.”
The Refugee Act of 1980 created The Federal Refugee Resettlement Program to provide for the effective resettlement of refugees and to assist them to achieve economic self-sufficiency as quickly as possible after arrival in the United States.
Cash assistance is made available to refugees in such a manner as not to discourage their economic self-sufficiency.
There is a limit of 70,000 refugees granted asylum in the US per year.
In 2007, 48,000 refugees escaped persecution and were granted asylum in the United States.
Top Refugees to the US in 2007 (Source: US Office of Refugee Resettlement):
Other countries sending refugees:
BURKINA, FASO (UVOLTA),
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC,
SRI LANKA (CEYLON),
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES,
I could easily see this being abused and exploited by leftists, and by Mexicans themselves, but is it a legitimate concern?