Arizona representatives have joined colleagues in the House in a letter sent to President Obama asking him to use his discretion to allow the "Dream 9" to stay in the country.
Reps. Raúl Grijalva and Ed Pastor, both Democrats, were among 33 House members to show their support for the nine young adults who tried to return to the United States last last week through the Morley Gate in Nogales, Ariz.
"They took this courageous step because they are fighting to reunite families separated by the border and mass deportation policies, including their own," the letter reads.
"These youth are the victims of our broken immigration policy, and they deserve to come home to the United States, where they can continue to work towards fulfilling their dreams of higher education," it adds.
All nine have gone through the credible-fear interviews, the first step in the asylum claims, their attorney, Margo Cowan, said. They remain at the Eloy Detention Center, but Cowan asked for their release, either under a humanitarian parole or as the process for asylum continues.