AUGUST 06, 2013
After mocking U.S. law, a group of illegal immigrants who self-deported in a publicity stunt will get a crack at asylum because the Obama administration has determined they have a “credible fear of persecution or torture” in their native Mexico.
It would be laughable if it wasn’t so enraging. This new fear of persecution and torture was notably absent a few weeks ago when the group of illegal immigrants, known as the “Dream 9,” voluntarily flew across the border into Mexico to protest the deportations of thousands of their comrades. A group known as National Immigrant Youth Alliance organized and promoted the event and the mainstream media quickly labeled it a “brazen protest.”
But when the cameras left and the “Dream 9” tried to return to the U.S. through the Nogales Arizona port of entry, they were arrested. All had been brought to the U.S. illegally as kids and likely felt untouchable under President Obama’s backdoor amnesty plan, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). It allows illegal immigrants 30 and younger to remain in the U.S. and obtain work permits if they entered the country as children (“through no fault of their own,” as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano loves to say).
The Dream 9—five women and four men—have been in federal custody since their July 22 arrest, igniting outrage among the powerful and politically-connected open borders movement. They are being held at a detention center in Eloy, Arizona and their attorney is seeking their release on “humanitarian grounds.”
Asking Obama to intervene, an Illinois congressman at the front of the amnesty movement offers this interesting tidbit in a letter to the president: Under the amnesty bill making its way through Congress, deported illegal immigrants with strong ties to the U.S. can come back. “Their return would likely be allowed under the Senate-passed immigration bill, S. 744, which we all support,” Democrat Luis Gutierrez tells Obama in his letter.
This week a mainstream newspaper reports that most of the Dream 9 will get a chance to argue their case for asylum before an immigration judge. Here is why, according to the story; immigration asylum officers found that seven had credible fear of persecution or torture in their birth country and could therefore not be immediately removed. Strangely enough, when they voluntarily returned to Mexico a few weeks ago to protest U.S. rule of law, they didn’t seem the least bit scared.
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