Miguel is no longer simply an exile. He is no longer a victim. He is dirty, likely a criminal, never a real part of the press and hardly eligible for political asylum if he was never even a reporter. Now he is the basic Mexican, a person vilified if he complains about the fist of the state in his face. And Miguel and Vanessa are among the lucky few who just might qualify for political asylum in the United States. For the millions living in terror of the Mexican government and of Mexican drug gangs, there is no such hope.

Sara Salazar spoke about her family at a press conference in El Paso on February 8, 2012, the anniversary of the kidnapping and murders of Elias, Luisa and Magdalena Reyes:

Veracruz photographer, Gabriel Huge, on the job. Gabriel was later murdered and his body parts were dumped along with three other Veracruz journalists on May 3, 2012. Slide show: Mexicans Pay in Blood For America's War on Drugs.
Miguel Angel Lopez Solana
Veracruz photographer, Gabriel Huge, on the job. Gabriel was later murdered and his body parts were dumped along with three other Veracruz journalists on May 3, 2012. Slide show: Mexicans Pay in Blood For America's War on Drugs.
A Veracruz crime scene. Slide show: Mexicans Pay in Blood For America's War on Drugs.
Miguel Angel Lopez Solana

''My family were always hard workers, honorable, always helping the poor. Our hard struggle began when the soldiers came into our houses looking for weapons, drugs and other things they said we had but they never found. But they kept on persecuting us because we got in their way…. My daughter Josefina denounced them…and they persecuted her to the death. We continued to protest, but what could we do, since it was the government that was after us? We got in their way…. I had ten children and only four of them are left. They have killed them all. And what can I do? I have gone to demand that they find who killed them, but the files are nothing but blank pages. They have done nothing. We have no protection in Mexico. No protection. This is all I can say to you. Now my heart is dry.''

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