Arizona representatives 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.

Representatives 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.

The nine Dreamers remain at the Eloy Detention Center. Six of them were placed in solitary confinement Friday after they went on a hunger strike, organizers reported.

Senior Editor, News, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Az.