Dream 9 released from custody after 17 days in detainment

“David Leopold, a prominent immigration attorney who has worked with Dreamers, legal permanent residents, and undocumented people, says he is thrilled the Dream 9 have been released, but there are questions about their tactics remaining.
“My criticism was never about the DREAM 9, but about the tactics they used,” he says. “We all know the immigration system is broken and in need of a comprehensive overhaul. That’s why I strongly believe the focus should be on the House GOP leadership and Speaker Boehner to pass immigration reform with a path to citizenship.”
By coming into the U.S. without documentation, the Dream 9 proved that there are consequences to coming into the U.S. undocumented and that detention centers are uncomfortable places to be locked up, Leopold says.
“But the question remains: What was the point of the protest?” Leopold added. “What did they show that was not already common knowledge? I also think this action leaves serious questions as to the political motives of protest organizers.”

NBC Latino

The DREAM 9 have been released from custody in the Eloy Detention Center in Arizona after 17 days in detainment and have arrived at a bus station in Tuscon to return home.

Earlier, DreamActivist founder Prerna Lal, had confirmed the Dream 9 had been allowed to leave the detention center.

Domenic Powell, the media manager for the National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA), also announced all nine Dreamers will be permitted to leave the detention center.

“They’re being released while the asylum process moves forward,” Powell says. “They have established they have credible fear of returning, which is a screening process, and now the process will move forward.”

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a statement saying, “After an individual custody…

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About David Leopold
Past President American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), In-the-Trenches practicing immigration Attorney, Blogger, Activist, Photographer, Educator, World Traveler. All opinions are my own.

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