In this Nov. 6 photo, an official holds up the U.S. birth certificates of the sons of Jessica Villegas Monter, sitting with one of her two sons, as she works on organizing the necessary paperwork to ... more 
In this Nov. 6 photo, an official holds up the U.S. birth certificates of the sons of Jessica Villegas Monter, sitting with one of her two sons, as she works on organizing the necessary paperwork to ask for political asylum in the U.S. due to violence in the region in La Ruana, in the state of Michoacan, Mexico. Months after locals formed self-defense groups to fight organized crime, they say they are free of the cartel in several municipalities of the Tierra Caliente, or “Hot Land,” which earned its moniker for the scorching weather but whose name has also come to signify criminal activity. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Dario Lopez-Mills
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 5:56 PM EST