Rallying for Detained Dreamers

Friends and relatives of detained Dreamers rallied in front of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s New York office in hopes of getting her support, reports NYCity NewsService‘s Jonathan Moffie.

Those still in detention are part of 34 undocumented immigrants known as the Dream 30 who were raised in the U.S. and left to Mexico, whether through their own accord or deportation, before President Obama unveiled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Unable to see a future in Mexico, they came back to the U.S. through the port of entry at Laredo, Texas and sought humanitarian parole to be able to stay in the country.

In Laredo they were detained by Border Patrol and placed in custody. If their parole request is rejected, they will apply for asylum. Mohammad Abdollahi of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, the group that organized the border crossings, said some of the youth have since been released, reports Colorlines.

According to Abdollahi, the seven who have been released so far obtained almost immediate humanitarian parole because of a “significant public interest.”

The group is the latest of Dreamers who have re-entered the country through the southern border, seeking asylum while facing detention. In July, the Dream 9 left Mexico and walked into the port of entry at Nogales, Ariz. and were detained. They have been released – including one who grew up in Washington Heights – but face years of fighting for their asylum cases.

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