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Mexican Senate requests U.S. authorities to approve asylum for Carlos Gutierrez

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POSTED: Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 6:48pm

UPDATED: Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 11:16pm

A man's search for political asylum is gaining international attention. Carlos Gutierrez arrived to the United States in 2011 after surviving a horrible attack. He was tortured by criminals that cut off both of his legs when he refused to be extorted.

"I lost my legs. I was mutilated by criminals in Mexico. Back then, I had no other option but to leave my country and save my family," Gutierrez said.

But even though the circumstances were difficult for him and his family, he decided to overcome the fear and pain. Then hope came from a doctor who donated a pair of prosthetic legs.

"It’s very hard because you have to deal with it every single day. You can't ignore it when you wake up and you see your physical situation and you know where it comes from," Gutierrez added.

This week, Gutierrez received the support from his own country in an unprecedented resolution. The Mexican Senate is now asking U.S. authorities to consider approving his request for asylum.

Analysts said this is the first time Mexican authorities intercede in a petition.

"This is the first time I think in the history of the modern political asylum process that a government says that the situation in the country is so bad that they can't protect its citizens," Spector said.

Last month, Carlos rode his bike from El Paso to Austin to raise awareness about the ongoing situation in Mexico and he believes that journey came with a reward after the Mexican Senate submitted a request to the U.S. asking them to consider his petition.

"It doesn't mean that we are not afraid, on the contrary, it reinforces our petitions that we didn't have security and received support from authorities in the past," Gutierrez said.

But for Gutierrez life continues. He is now working and is a dedicated father and said not giving up is the key to a successful life.

"I depend on my prosthetic legs to do everything but I overcame that... I'm here standing up and looking forward to the future and the fights ahead,"

Mexican Senator Luisa Maria Calderon who is also the sister of former Mexican President Felipe Calderon is expected to visit El Paso soon to meet with Gutierrez and Spector to hand the official document of the resolution.

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