Wednesday, August 7, 2013
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AZMEX I3 7 AUG 2013
Arizona 'Dreamers' released from custody
20 minutes ago • Arizona Daily Star
Nine men and women who have been in federal custody since July when they crossed into Nogales illegally as part of protest to highlight immigration reform, were freed today from the Eloy Detention Center, supporters say.
The group, known as the Arizona 9, were apprehended July 22 at the Morley Gate in Nogales. Members of the group have applied for asylum.
The group — made up of three activists who left the country as an act of civil disobedience and six others whose motives for leaving range from educational to medical concerns — are all young adults who were brought into the country illegally as children and grew up in the United States.
Members of the group are expected to be in Tucson this afternoon, according to a news release from The National Immigrant Youth Alliance.
Note: From BP Local 2544, the actual boots on the ground.
We don't even know where to begin with this story. The so-called "Dream 9″ self-deported (not out of fear, but specifically to make a mockery of our laws), then came back, and now they allegedly fear "persecution" in Mexico and are requesting political asylum. Funny how they didn't fear "persecution" in Mexico when they went there to thumb their noses at us and our laws. One of them was enrolled in school in Mexico. She apparently didn't feel "persecuted" then. And as usual, the Obama Administration has folded. They like to pick and choose which "laws" they enforce. The truth of the matter is that these nine activists are more likely to have a parade in their honor than to face any type of persecution in Mexico. They will be hailed as heroes for thumbing their noses at the Americans and our immigration laws. Our immigration laws aren't popular in Mexico. It's a plain and longstanding fact. Persecution is when a Christian pastor is jailed in Iran and threatened with a death sentence merely for embracing Christianity. Attempting to portray these activists as victims of persecution makes a complete and total joke of the entire asylum process. Everyone who understands anything about the process knows it. Don't hold your breath for details of these persecution claims though, the Administration has made clear that everything must be kept secret in these cases. All the better to fool the uninformed. You'll hear plenty of "We simply can't discuss these cases." If some poor guy who made an internet video can be successfully portrayed as the responsible party for the Benghazi terror attack and thrown in jail for unrelated "parole" issues, then we can't wait to see who may be held responsible and punished for the heinous arrests of nine illegal alien activists who must have been cowering in fear at the thought of all that persecution apparently awaiting them in Mexico.
It isn't as if we needed any more examples of how worthless our immigration laws are. Illegal aliens invade the halls of Congress to protest and scream, yes, scream, at our legislators. They challenge the president of the United States, in person. They hold signs in support of the "Dream 9″ that say "Deport La Migra". They could not be more condescending, disrespectful and arrogant. And to see our politicians fold like cheap suits, one after another, proves that the hyper-aggressive tactics of the illegal alien activists are working.
And if you think this circus is a bad joke, wait for the massive amnesty that's coming down the pike. This is just nine illegal aliens. Millions upon millions more are waiting to get their piece of the free pie. Forgery, lies and gross incompetence are never on vivid display quite like they are during an amnesty free-for-all.
Read more about the so-called "Dream 9″ here.
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Homeland Security Will Allow Most Of The DREAM 9 Activists To Pursue Asylum
By Elizabeth Llorente
Published August 06, 2013
Fox News Latino
Demonstrators protest the deportation of undocumented immigrants on July 24, 2013 in New York City. They called for the release of nine activists who were detained Monday in Nogales, AZ while trying to cross the border from Mexico into the United States. (2013 Getty Images)
Seven of the nine undocumented activists held in an Arizona detention center have been found to have enough grounds to pursue political asylum.
The seven were in a group of nine Mexicans who at various times – some recently – lived illegally in the United States, left and then tried to re-enter on July 22 as part of a widely-publicized protest against U.S. deportation policies.
They have come to be known as DREAM 9. The seven immigrants are likely to be released from detention in Arizona and could be eligible for a work permit in the future.
The preliminary approval is highly unusual because it is rare for the U.S. government to grant asylum to Mexican citizens.
Experts explain that the bar for "credible fear of persecution" to pursue asylum is not nearly as high as it is for actually obtaining it.
I think this is the largest story in the history of immigration law. The only one that can rival this is the John Lennon deportation case. This is Rosa Parks sitting in the front of the bus.
- Matthew Kolken, immigration attorney on the DREAM 9
"It's not surprising," said immigration attorney Matthew Kolken, who is not representing the activists, but said he had given their representatives some guidance before their protest. "Most of my clients are able to establish credible fear. But it's a first step [for the activists]. The good news is that the Obama administration's general policy is to release individuals who establish credible fear."
The DREAM 9 activists' protest has, political and immigration experts say, created a quandary for the White House and lawmakers in Congress who are trying to work on an immigration reform measure.
And it has bitterly divided advocates, including immigration lawyers – some of whom see the young activists as heroes, civil rights leaders in the tradition of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, and others who say they have engaged in a foolish, reckless manner that may undermine the very reforms they are seeking.
Some lawyers questioned whether the DREAM 9 could argue convincingly that they fear being in Mexico because, except for the two who were deported, the others returned on their own.
Other lawyers lashed out at them for, in essence, diagnosing the merits of their case from afar, without having all the facts.
The immigrants were trying to call attention to hundreds of thousands who have been deported during President Barack Obama's administration.
An immigration judge will have the final say whether they can remain permanently in the United States, but such a ruling could take years.
A decision is pending on two others in the case. They are Lizbeth Mateo, a 29-year-old who lives in Los Angeles, and Marco Saavedra, 23, from New York City. Both Mateo and Saavedra were among the original three activists who already were living in the United States and left last month to stage the protest.
"It was a controversial course of action they decided to undertake," Kolken said to Fox News Latino. "But that's what acts of disobedience are, they're controversial."
"When I saw nine young adults basically taking on the full weight of the U.S. government, the most powerful in the history of this planet, and doing so without anything but the shirts on their back, I couldn't help but get behind those kids."
Those who favor strict immigration enforcement say it would be a mistake for the U.S. government to treat the DREAM 9 with sympathy.
"Are we a country where we are fueled by political forces?" asked Kris Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State and architect of many of the strictest state-level immigration measures, including that of Arizona.
"Is that the kind of world we want to be," he said to Fox News Latino, "where, if you have sympathy for me, then I get to break the law."
The immigrants were pushing for legislation being considered in Congress to offer eventual citizenship to some immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children.
House Republicans recently took a tentative step toward offering citizenship to some immigrants who fit into this category, but Democrats said it wasn't enough.
The dismissive reaction to the Republican proposal underscored the difficulties of finding any immigration reform compromise in the Republican-led House.
How the DREAM 9 will influence immigration reform is anyone's guess.
"I think this is the largest story in the history of immigration law," Kolken said. "The only one that can rival this is the John Lennon deportation case. This is Rosa Parks sitting in the front of the bus."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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