Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Cindy Carcamo of the Los Angeles Times reports on the immigrants known as the “Dream 9” will get the chance to argue their case for asylum before an immigration judge. The five women and four men, who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, staged an unconventional protest of U.S. immigration policies last month at the U.S.-Mexico border. When the Dream 9 attempted to reenter the U.S. at the Nogales, Arizona, port of entry, they were arrested and have remained in federal custody. Yesterday, immigration officers found that all nine had credible fear of persecution or torture in their birth country and could therefore not be immediately removed.Their cases now go to an immigration judge to decide whether to grant them asylum. The development came the same day President Obama delivered a speech on housing and the economy in Phoenix. Outside the auditorium, a crowd of about 30 immigrant rights activists demanded release of the Dream 9. The Obama administration has remained silent about the Dream 9.