Fleeing domestic violence in El Salvador, mother’s asylum quest in U.S. is complex

By Rob Kuznia

July 1, 2018

The little girl, a 6-year-old from El Salvador, never really knew her father until she was 5.

That’s when the man, a police officer, suddenly decided he wanted to rekindle his family life, and began demanding that she and her 23-year-old mother — his ex-girlfriend — spend time with him. He drank heavily and fought with the mother, often inflicting physical harm.

One day, during a fight with the mother, he pulled out a gun and pointed it at the little girl.

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