Posted: Jul 25, 2013 1:23 PM by Brian White
Updated: Aug 5, 2013 3:58 PM
UPDATE (July 25):
PHOENIX (AP) - A lawyer is seeking the release of nine protesters who were detained by immigration authorities at a southern Arizona border crossing after they tried to re-enter the United States from Mexico.
The nine young people, who were born in Mexico but came illegally to the United States when they were children, tried to re-enter the United States at the Nogales port of entry in southern Arizona on Monday to protest the United States' immigration policies.
Tucson attorney Margo Cowan says Tuesday that immigration officers in the United States turned down her clients' request for "humanitarian parole" that would temporarily allow them to come into the country, so she is seeking asylum.
Cowan says she would seek her clients' release from a detention center while their asylum applications are being litigated. They are currently still detained at the immigration detention center in Eloy, Ariz.
UPDATE: Nine people have been detained by Customs and Border Protection officers after crossing the Morley pedestrian bridge at the Nogales port of entry.
The crossing was a scheduled demonstration organized by the National Immigrant Youth Alliance to test the recently passed Immigration Reform Act.
The deportees claim they should have legal status in the states based on elements from the DREAM Act, a stalled provision that defers deportation of some immigrants.
Becuase they were not properly documented, they were detained, ICE officials said.
NOGALES - News 4 reporter Nathan O'Neal is on assignment in Nogales, Arizona Monday where a demonstration/protest is happening to "test" federal immigration policy.
Five deported DREAMers will attempt to return home by presenting themselves at the Nogales Port of Entry in order to "test the Obama Administration's policy on deported immigrants," a release from the National Immigrant Youth Alliance stated.
Here's some video from O'Neal of the protest developing Monday morning:
News 4 reporter Sam Salzwedel shot this package Sunday for the upcoming demonstration that was scheduled Monday:
Here is some information regarding the five participants in the demonstration:
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