Organizers gathered in front of Rep. Raúl Grijalva’s office asking the U.S. government to release the so-called “Dream 9” who tried to come back into the country through the Nogales port of entry Monday.
A group of eight young adults, some who were already in Mexico and others who left the United States to show their support, dressed in their caps and gowns to ask a customs officers at Morley Gate to let them back in.
Their request for humanitarian parole was denied and they were transferred last night to a detention center in Eloy, not Florence as it was first reported by organizers.
But the group will continue to fight their asylum claims, said Katerina Sinclair, with the Keep Tucson Together Campaign, during a news conference today.
Margo Cowan, the Tucson attorney working with the dreamers, is asking officials to release them while their hearings are pending since they are not a flight risk.
Initially there were eight students who prepared over the weekend for the legal battle, but two other joined the group at the last minute, organizers said.
At first it was reported that Rosie Rojas, a 19-year-old who lived in Tucson before returning to Mexico, had been one of them, but Sinclair clarified today Rojas returned to Mexico. The National Immigrant Youth Alliance and Cowan will continue to work with her from Mexico, Sinclair said.
But another person, only identified as Mario, was able to join the original eight. Sinclair said the attorney is meeting with him today at the detention center to help him with his case.
Grijalva’s office says he is working with other lawmakers on a letter to President Obama in support of the group.