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    32 DREAMers Detained By U.S. Authorities After Attempted Re-Entry Without Documents

    Thirty-Two DREAMers Detained By U.S. Authorities After Attempted Re-Entry Without Documentation

    Published September 30, 2013Fox News Latino


    • On July 22, 2013, a group of "Dreamers" marched to the U.S. port of entry in Nogales, Mexico, where they requested humanitarian parole. (AP)


    Chanting “Undocumented! Unafraid!” and “Where are we going? We’re going home!” nearly three dozen young immigrants crossed the U.S.-Mexican border on Monday without proper documents, in a challenge to this country’s immigration policy and soaring deportation rates.

    The immigrants, wearing graduation-style caps and gowns, crossed a bridge on the Texas-Mexico border at the Laredo port of entry and were detained by immigration authorities.

    The nearly three dozen young immigrants were processed individually, apart from regular pedestrian traffic. Unlike their entourage, which went through without a problem, none of them came out of immigration immediately.

    The 32 trying to cross on Monday hoped to follow in the footsteps of the so-called DREAM9, who were released pending asylum hearings in Arizona in August after two weeks in detention.

    The group spent a week of preparatory meetings and bonding at a migrant shelter here with a view of Texas.

    “They come from all over! Some of these kids have traveled from as far as Tijuana, Guerrero, Cancun & even Lima, Peru!” said a press release by Mohammad Abdollahi, head National Immigrant Youth Alliance, which organized the first protest re-entry as well as Monday’s.

    The second crossing comes at a time when Congress is bitterly divided over what to do about the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. In June, the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill that would, at its core, tighten enforcement and provide a path to legal status to undocumented immigrants who meet a strict set of criteria.

    But immigration reform efforts have stalled in the House, where Republicans have a majority. A conservative faction of the Republican Party is adamant about not passing any measure that would give legal status to undocumented immigrants.

    Some Republicans who oppose what they consider amnesty, however, say they would consider allowing undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children to legalize their status.

    Just like the DREAM9, who were held in a detention center in Arizona for a few weeks before being released pending a final decision on their political asylum claims, the DREAM30 have come under fire from critics who have said they were engaging in a publicity stunt and are mocking a program that exists for people whose lives have been threatened in their home countries.

    The DREAMers are requesting political asylum, saying they feared persecution if they returned to Mexico, where drug violence from cartels has soared. While the U.S. makes a decision on their application, they are allowed to work and remain in the country legally.

    It is unclear what the federal government will do with the 30 more DREAMers who tried to cross on Monday.

    “Obviously this is theater and they’re looking to make further mockery of U.S. immigration laws,” said Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which pushes for strict immigration policies, in a recent interview with Fox News Latino.

    “They’re going back to a country they say they’re being persecuted in, only to request political asylum. They’re taking something from U.S. immigration policy – political asylum – that is reserved for humanitarian purposes and using it to create some kind of street theater for their own political agenda.”

    Even some in favor of immigration reform have called the strategy naÔve and counterproductive.

    Supporters of the DREAM9 say they are heroes because they risked not being able to return to the United States, where they lived as children and grew up, to fight for more rational and humane immigration laws.

    The DREAM30 have roots in 16 different states – Arizona, California, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Kansas and Pennsylvania – said the press release.

    “The oldest member taking part is Leonardo, from New York at 33, and the youngest, Ingrid at 13. Ingrid and her family, just like the other 30 DREAMers, have tried everything else to come back home,” said the DreamActivist.org press release.

    Abdollahi vowed that more such actions are coming.

    “We're already in touch with dozens of more DREAMers ready to participate in the next round,” Abdollahi said. “Bottom line, we won't rest until the 1.7 million [who have been deported] are allowed to be reunited with their families.”

    http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2013/09/30/thirty-more-dreamers-to-attempt-entering-us-to-protest-immigration-laws/
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    A Landmark Protest on the U.S.-Mexico Border

    Sept. 30, 2013
    By TED HESSON Ted Hesson More from Ted Ľ
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    Thirty Dreamers plan to cross from Mexico into the U.S.
    Courtesy of Steve Pavey


    A protest expected at the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday will set an unprecedented standard in the modern immigration debate.

    Thirty activists will attempt to cross into Laredo, Texas under the banner of the Dream 30, an effort meant to bring attention the 1.7 million-plus people deported during President Barack Obama’s first term in office.

    The crossers are mostly Mexican immigrants who have either been deported or chosen to leave the country and return to Mexico.

    Louis DeSipio, a professor of political science at University of California, Irvine, said the action is historic.

    “There's certainly never been a border crossing of DREAM activists of this size,” he wrote via email. “It reflects a steady growth and diversification of the challenges that the DREAM activists are mounting to U.S. immigration policy.”

    The protest is being organized by the the National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA), an undocumented immigrant-led organization that has aggressively disputed the Obama administration’s deportation policies. This effort is an extension of another protest in August, when a group of nine Dreamers sought asylum at the border.

    The action comes at a time when talk of immigration reform has cooled in the nation’s capital.

    In June, the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill with support of both Democrats and Republicans. The bill would have provided a pathway to citizenship for many of the country’s estimated 11.7 million undocumented immigrants.

    But the Republican-controlled House of Representatives hasn’t moved on any comparable legislation. And with a limited number of days left on the congressional calendar, any bill in 2013 seems like a longshot.

    While the border action may not make huge headlines nationally, it fits into a broader strategy of activism, according to DeSipio.

    “The timing may not be the best as the news value will probably get lost in the congressional budget debates,” he said, “but their goal is longer-term and to get their momentum going.”

    Latino Rebels has posted video testimonials of some of the people who will be crossing, including 13-year-old Ingrid Gallegos.

    You can watch a livestream of the action here, beginning around noon EST.

    Updated, 12:27 p.m.: I clarified that the protesters are "mostly" Mexican immigrants. One protester was born in Peru.

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