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Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 10:53pm
El Paso TX (KDBC) — A small group gathered Saturday to bring awareness to the issue of immigration across the nation and in El Paso.
A group of thirty plus immigrants, called the “Dream 30”, turned themselves in at the Laredo, TX port of entry in September and asked to come home to the United States. Border agents then transferred 25 of them to the El Paso processing center, where they are now.
Many say they have lived in this country since they were young and now a nationwide organization is trying to help bring them home. The local group, Texas Undocumented Youth Alliance said each of the “Dream30” came to the U.S. as a child and became integrated into their communities. They had hoped to remain in the U.S. with their families and friends, but for various reasons relocated to their country of origin, some weeks or even days before President Obama's announcement of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The President signed a memo calling for deferred action for certain undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children and have pursued education or military service here.
"I believe that all undocumented people who wish to remain in this country, like the dreamers should be able to come back. There should be a more humane way than having to cross the desert or the river to come back home with their families. They should never have been deported in the first place of they all grew up here," said Claudia Muñoz with the Texas Immigration Youth Alliance.
Both the Texas Undocumented Youth Alliance and National Immigrant Youth Alliance hope that the government will grant humanitarian parole or asylum to the twenty five people.