Youths Detained by DHS After Challenge to Obama's 'Deportation Machine'

In a direct challenge to the Obama administration’s ‘deportation machine,’ eight immigrant youths who were raised in the United States stood at the Nogales border crossing in Mexico Monday demanding to be let back in to the US.

Three of the demonstrators, Lizbeth Mateo, Lulu Martinez and Marco Saavedr, elected to fly to Mexico and cross alongside the five others—who are among the 1.7 million who, because of forcible removal or self-deportation, have been unable to return to their families in the US.

Supporters on either side of the crossing chanted “undocumented and unafraid,” and “Bring them home!”

With applications for legal admission in hand, demonstrators were detained by the Department for Homeland Security, reports on Twitter indicate.

Tweets about “#BRINGTHEMHOME”

According to a statement on the Bring Them Home website:

All of the participants were raised in the United States and would technically qualify for President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). “However,” as a friend of the demonstrators writing on the Dream Activist blog explains, “none of them have been granted DACA, and thus, are most likely inadmissible from the United States.” They continue:

Over 10,000 individuals have already signed a petition calling on President Obama to “create a pathway” for the Dream 8 to return home.

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