It is every parent's nightmare to lose one of their children, especially under tragic circumstances. One New Jersey woman is facing the terrible reality of her youngest son's death, but is also trying her best to make sure his memory endures. After having his request for asylum rejected, the woman's son was deported to unsafe conditions in Honduras. Hoping she will be able to make an impact on US immigration law, the woman is requesting that her son be granted asylum posthumously.

Honduras is one of the world's most violent countries, as the Central American nation is burdened with the world's highest homicide rate. As a 17-year-old, the young man came to New Jersey without documentation in 2008, hoping to escape the threat of gang violence. Local gangs tormented the young man for his disabilities and threatened to kill him if he did not join their gang.

Citing a lack of evidence of a threat, the young man's plea for asylum was denied in court and he was sent to Honduras in 2010. Within a year, he was found dead. The gruesome shooting that ended this young man's life is very likely linked to the same gang that threatened his life.

In order to be granted asylum, a tremendous amount of evidence is required to prove that an individual's life would be at risk if they return to their country of origin. The mother of the young man indicated that they were unable to obtain reports from Honduran Police detailing the threats against her son, because the authorities were fearful of the potential violence they would encounter.

Now living legally in the US, the woman is determined to make a statement about the state of immigration law by resubmitting the request for asylum. She wants her son's death to have meaning and lead to changes in current laws governing asylum.

The woman insists, "If they had not deported my boy, he would not be dead."

Source: Fox News, "Posthumous US asylum bid highlights gang debate," Jan. 22, 2012