Immigration is certainly a hot topic not only in Los Angeles, but all over the country right now. With federal deportations occurring at alarming rates, there are those that hope to do something about it.
One group that hopes to impact the number of deportations is called Dream 9. This is a group of nine immigrants organized by the National Immigrant Youth Alliance who attempted to seek asylum in the United States by returning to Mexico and then crossing back into the U.S. The nine were composed of young immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally when they were young children.
When they attempted to cross the border at the Nogales port of entry in Arizona on July 22, they were stopped by immigration authorities and placed in a detention center for over two weeks. They recently received temporary parole in the United States on the grounds that they had a reason to fear persecution or torture in Mexico. They will be required to appear before an immigration judge.
One of the nine, a 21-year-old man came to the U.S. when he was young. He excelled in athletics and school and received a top student athlete award in 2010. When it became necessary for him to have ear surgery, he went back to Mexico because his family could not afford the procedure in the U.S.
The Dream 9 hope to call attention to the number of deportations happening and want to see the people deported brought back to their families through U.S. immigration policy reform.
Source: Source: Kentucky.com, “Lexington immigrant expected to return soon after release from federal detention,” Valerie Honeycutt Spears, Aug. 9, 2013