Posted: Aug 8, 2013 5:24 PM by Erika Flores
Updated: Aug 9, 2013 4:42 AM
TUCSON - It's a dream come true for now.
One day after a group dubbed the "Dream 9" received asylum to stay in the United States, they talked to media in Nogales.
They say they're all American except on paper.
The group tried to cross the border into Nogales last month and was detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.
They voluntarily checked in to an Eloy detention facility.
Tuesday Homeland Security temporarily approved their asylum requests ruling the group has credible fear of being persecuted if they're sent back to Mexico.
An immigration judge will have the final say, but that process could take years.
Meanwhile the Dreamers expect to get work permits in six months.
"Everybody deserves a right to come back to the United States and be reunited with their families," said Lulu Martinez, one of the Dreamers.
The Dreamers proved they would do whatever it takes to call attention to immigration policy by re-entering the U.S. in July.
"This is just the first step. We're just beginning and we're going to keep on fighting and keep on pushing," said Adriana Diaz, another Dreamer.
They will head back to the U.S. communities where they were raised within the next few days.
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