Following in the footsteps of the Dream 9, a larger group of undocumented migrants tried to enter the United States from Mexico with plans to apply for political asylum.
The members of the so-called Dream 30, wearing their graduation robes and their backpacks, arrived at midday Monday at the U.S. Port of Entry in Laredo, Texas, shouting, “We’re going home, we’re undocumented and we’re not afraid.”
They are waiting for U.S. immigration authorities to process their requests for humanitarian visas.
The group is made up mainly of Mexicans, but there is also a Honduran woman with a U.S.-born daughter who suffers from cerebral palsy, a Peruvian woman and four children, Dream 30 member Rocio Hernandez Perez told Efe in a telephone interview.
The 23-year-old Mexican native Hernandez Perez was brought to the United States when she was only 4.
Her life proceeded normally in North Carolina until she finished high school and noticed that she did not have a Social Security Number and thus could not apply for scholarships that would allow her to attend college.
Also, she could not work or obtain a driver’s license.
“The most important thing for my family is education and as a last resource, I decided to self-deport and return to Mexico to see if I could continue my studies,” she said.
She said that from that moment on she began to experience discrimination from her classmates in Mexico, since despite the fact that she is Mexican by birth in that country they considered her a foreigner for having lived for so long in the United States.
The Dream 30 are continuing with the example of the Dream 9, who in July managed to re-enter the country at the port of entry in Nogales, Arizona.
The Dream 9 spent more than two weeks at a detention center, but later they were released and received their temporary visas while their request for political asylum is being processed.
“I’m ready to spend all the time needed in a detention center. That will be nothing in comparison to the pain of living far from your family,” Hernandez Perez said.
The group is being supported by the National Immigrant Youth Alliance and has legal representation.