‘Dreamers’ cross Nogales border in test of federal policy

2013-07-22T13:55:00Z 2013-07-22T15:22:55Z ‘Dreamers’ cross Nogales border in test of federal policyPerla Trevizo Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

NOGALES — Nine “dreamers” from across the United States arrived at Morley Gate,the Pedestrian crossing in Nogales, Sonora, this morning wearing caps and gowns and looking for entry into the United States.

The group, made up of undocumented men and women who had left the country or had been deported, carried documents asking for humanitarian parole, or, if that was denied, requests for asylum.

Supporters chanted “bring them home” and “undocumented, unafraid” as group members crossed one by one in Arizona and were detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.

“They are eight courageous dreamers knocking on the door of the U.S. asking to come home,” said Margo Cowan, a Tucson attorney representing the group.

A ninth person, Rosie Rojas, from Tucson, joined the group at the last minute.

The National Immigrant Youth Alliance, which organized the crossing, is asking the Obama administration to grant discretion and allow the group to return to the United States.

Department of Homeland Security prosecutors are looking at the case.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said they could not comment on specific cases but under immigration law all applicants for admission bear the burden of proof to establish they are eligible to enter the country.

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