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Young Mexican police chief seeking asylum in US

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FILE .- In this Oct. 20, 2010 file photo twenty-year-old Marisol Valles Garcia sits at her desk after her swearing-in ceremony as the new police chief of the border town of Praxedis G. Guerrero, near Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. FILE .- In this Oct. 20, 2010 file photo twenty-year-old Marisol Valles Garcia sits at her desk after her swearing-in ceremony as the new police chief of the border town of Praxedis G. Guerrero, near Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Officials say a young woman who recently became police chief of a violence-plagued Mexican city is seeking asylum in the U.S after receiving death threats. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday that 20-year-old Marisol Valles Garcia is in the U.S. and will be allowed to present her case to an immigration judge.

Garcia made international headlines when she accepted the job as police chief in Praxedis G. Guerrero, a town near the Texas border that has been plagued by drug violence. Her predecessor was kidnapped and decapitated.

She was officially fired Monday for apparently abandoning her post.

The town is in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Its ombudsman, Gustavo de la Rosa, says Garcia is in the U.S. and has initiated a formal asylum petition.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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