Mexican Police Chief Marisol Valles Garcia Flees For Her Life
The picture above is of 21-year-old Marisol Valles Garcia, a criminology major in college, who also serves as chief of police for the city of Guadalupe, Mexico. Garcia took the job as police chief when no one else would for fear of violence or death at the hands of the now-infamous Mexican drug cartels. There was good reason for such fear, as the former mayor of Guadalupe was brutally murdered—he was one of 11 Mexican mayors murdered that year.
Despite all of this, Marisol Garcia stood up for herself and her community, promising to end the violence and to root out the drug cartels, a gesture which was met with instant backlash.
In the past few weeks, Mexican drug cartels have increased their intimidation efforts against Garcia, threatening her life on numerous occasions. She finally decided she needed to do what was best by fleeing the country to seek political asylum in the U.S.. She was subsequently fired from her office as police chief.
Yes, you read that correctly.
A woman who had the strength and courage to decide to lead a police force—which desperately needed to change its methods, intensity, and reputation if it had any chance of restoring order, because no one else would—was fired when she left the force amid threats on her life.
First of all, if the police and others could not protect the mayor of her city, why on Earth should she have any faith in them to protect her life? Secondly, it must be considered Garcia has a young son who needs his mother. Finally, if no one else wanted the job and they fired the only person who did after she made the best decision for herself and her family, who the hell will they find to head up the police department in Guadalupe? At this point, it doesn’t seem worth it.
Let it also be known two other female officials have been killed in retaliation and terror efforts by the drug cartels. One was taken from her home in the middle of the night and never seen again. The other was murdered after one month on the job.
Unfortunately, Ms. Garcia may not be offered political asylum as it is usually granted under the strict conditions of government persecution upon the basis of race, religion, nationality, political views, or belonging to a certain group. We would like to believe the U.S. government is of a much higher caliber than the type which would deny such an urgent request due to a technicality.
This woman needs the support of the international community (as well as her own) in order to carry out the work she started late last year. She does not deserve to be fired or sent back into harm’s way. In this world, everyone loves a hero. Sometimes, even heroes themselves need to be rescued. This seems to be one of those times, and Mexico and the U.S. should heed the call and aid this courageous young lady as she fights for a better future in Mexico.
How many people will have to die before we realize how important this young woman is?