The ‘Dream 30’ Risk Detention to Return to the U.S.

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 Following up on last month’s action by the Dream 9, a new, larger group of undocumented immigrants will attempt to return to the United States today. The so-called Dream 30 will attempt to cross the border at the Laredo, Tex., port of entry with the goal of a chance to stay in the U.S. through some form of legal relief. The youngest of the crossers is 13-year-old Ingrid Gallegos. Her 16-year-old sister, Jessica, will be crossing as well. The two sisters became involved with the National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA), the group organizing the action, after their mother encountered the Dream 9 at the Eloy Detention Center in Arizona last month.

The Dream 30 crossing is different from the NIYA’s previous action; the group won’t enter Mexico with the express purpose of crossing back into the United States. They’ve all been deported or they’ve left the United States under dire circumstances such as the serious illness of a loved one in Mexico. But it’s very likely that, like the Dream 9, the Dream 30 will spend time in an immigration detention center.

One member of the Dream 30, Lorena Vargas, has been out of the United States for more than a year. Last Thursday, Vargas was in Nuevo Laredo, directly across from Laredo, Tex., in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, participating in a legal training. She took a break to speak with me by phone. Read more here.