A group of young immigrants, known as “Dream 9,” were released from an immigration detention center in Arizona August 7, according to the Los Angeles Times. The immigrants were detained after they were arrested July 22 while trying to raise awareness for those who have been deported under the Obama administration.
Since being released on parole, the individuals were allowed to return to their homes in the U.S. until they can argue for asylum. After being held at the Eloy Detention Center, they were transported to Tucson for release. According to the source, other immigrant rights activists met them when they got off the bus.
The demonstration that led to their arrest involved trying to cross the border back into the U.S. The Los Angeles Times said some of the women who got off the bus were still wearing the graduation gowns they had on the day they were arrested.
“Dream 9” comes from the Dream Act, legislation that provides immigrants brought to the country illegally as children with a path to citizenship. According to the source, immigration asylum officers said the individuals could not be immediately removed from the U.S. because they had credible fear of persecution or torture in Mexico.
An immigration judge will decide whether or not they will receive asylum, however, the process could take years. Maria Peniche told the source she was glad to be out of detention and back in the U.S.
According to Fox News Latino, the Executive Office for Immigration Review will begin reviewing cases for immigrants in Arizona not being held in detention centers in 2014. As the nine wait for their asylum requests to be reviewed, they may be able to obtain work permits.