A truck passes by a house alledgedly burned by drug cartel members in La Esperanza, near Ciudad Juarez, in the Valle de Juarez, northern Mexico, Wednesday April 7, 2010. Hundreds of residents in the area have abandoned their homes escaping from the increasing violence by drug cartels.
Alarcon and his attorney must prove that as a municipal officer, he belonged to a social group that was persecuted and that the government was unable to protect him.
Alarcon's attorney, Ludo Perez Gardini, tells The Dallas Morning News he believes that Alarcon was a specific target because he was an officer who dared arrest the wrong people.
The U.S. government attorney declined to comment on the pending case.
More than 4,000 people have been killed in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, in drug-related violence in the last two years.