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Advisory Committee Chair

Chris Kyle

Advisory Committee Members

Elizabeth Elliott

Peter Verbeek

Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name by School

Master of Arts (MA) College of Arts and Sciences


This thesis evaluates the United States’ adherence to international refugee law and the asylum process’s efficacy in relation Mexican asylum seekers fleeing persecution from drug trafficking organizations. It is found that constrictive domestic asylum laws, structural institutional deficiencies, inconsistent standards, and absence of accountability erode the democratic principle of due process and contribute to the debasement of rule of law in The United States. This aggregation of deficiencies constitutes the failure to protect persecuted people and the failure to adhere to international refugee law.