Video stream: Bringing the Dream back home

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12:51 a.m. Update: Almost 12 hours after trying to reenter to the United States, at least nine undocumented immigrants were detained and sent to the Florence Detention Center in Arizona, according to NIYA.

There is no information on the other 30 undocumented immigrants that showed up at the Nogales port of entry after the first nine attempted to come across.

Although it was first reported that only eight Dreamers would request entrance into the country, Perla Trevizo with the Arizona Daily Star reports that one last person, Rosie Rojas, joined them at the last minute.

Cindy Carcamo, with the LA Times, wrote a detailed account of what happened Monday in Nogales. She also tells us that Lizbeth Mateo, one of the original Dream8, already has plans for what she’s going to do when she comes back to the US.

Mateo, 29, a graduate of Cal State Northridge, plans to attend Santa Clara Law School. She paid her tuition Sunday. On Monday morning she tapped out a note to the law school, which starts classes in August.

“I’m letting them know I may not make it in time,” Mateo said.

5:20 p.m. Update: NIYA is now reporting that there are 39 Dreamers in total detained at the Nogales port of entry after attempting coming back into the country today at a protest against immigration laws and deportations.

4:52 p.m. Update: The National Immigration Youth Alliance reports that around 30 Dreamers have showed up at the Nogales port of entry after immigration authorities detained eight others that tried to come into the country earlier today.

The 8 Dreamers that will try to cross the border through the Nogales port of entry are getting ready.

You can follow the live video stream by clicking on the following link:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/15308731

According to DREAMActivist, these are the eight dreamers that will attempt to cross the border:

Claudia Amaro, 37, from Monterrey, Mexico moved to Colorado when she was thirteen years old. Her mother fled Mexico after her father was murdered and the family was threatened. In 2006, while living in Wichita, Kansas, Claudia’s next husband was detained while driving to work. ICE detained Claudia while interpreting for her husband.

Living in Mexico has been hard for Claudia and her thirteen-year-old US citizen son. Finally, her mother gained legal status last year and was able to visit her grandson for the first time in seven years. Claudia is coming home to put the family back together that deportation tore apart. 

Adriana Diaz, 22, from Mexico City, first came to Phoenix, Arizona when she was just four months old. Adriana graduated from Crestview Preparatory high school in 2010 with many accolades, including the Citizenship Award. To this day, two of her murals decorate its walls. Adriana left Phoenix three months before DACA was announced. She left because she was tired of living in fear under Arpaio, not knowing each night if her mom was going to come home.

Once in Nogales, Adriana tried to go to school. Because she lived so long in the US, Mexico recognized her as a foreign student and would not accept her US degree. Instead of going to school, Adriana has been working with migrants at the Juan Bosco shelter in Sonora. Adriana is coming home because she has no memories in Mexico. Her entire life was in Phoenix—she has memories of school, birthdays, going to prom—even her partner of four years lives in Phoenix. Everyone deserves to come home.

Luis Gustavo, 20, from Michoacán, Mexico has lived in North Carolina since he was five years old. He graduated from McDowell High School. Luis left Marion, NC, in August 2011 with the hopes of being able to finally go to school in Mexico. Luis, not being able to stand being away from his family, tried to come home inJune 2012 when the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was announced.

Luis never made it; he was caught by border patrol. The responding agent sympathized with him, and filed for DACA on his behalf, but saw it rejected. Luis was subsequently deported. Desperate to come home, Luis attempted to re-enter three more times, and failed on each attempt. Luis is coming home to be with his mother, sister, and four brothers.

Maria Peniche, 22, from Mexico City first came to Boston when she was just ten years old. She graduated from Revere high school in 2010 and went on to attend Pine Manor College. By 2012, paying the high price of tuition became too difficult, and she dropped out. Three days before DACA was announced, Maria left for Mexico to continue her schooling. “Here in Mexico you can only do one thing, either work or go to school,” she said. Maria has had to put off her studies and work in order to provide for her family. Maria is coming home to provide for herself and her family, and pursue her education.

Ceferino Santiago, 21, came to Lexington, Kentucky, at the age of thirteen in order to be with his older brother, Pedro. Ceferino is a permanent part of the Lexington community; he helped paint a mural at one of the local middle schools. During high-school, Ceferino ran for the school cross country team and was honored as one of the program’s top student-athletes in 2010. After graduating from high school, Ceferino was forced to return to Oaxaca, Mexico because of an ear infection which required surgery that cost $21,000. Ceferino is coming home so he can be with his brother, his community, and to continue with his studies.

About Gustavo Martínez Contreras

was born in Texas, brewed in Mexico City, seasoned in the Mexico-United States border, aged walking the streets of Philadelphia. He had a short-lived stint eating grits, fried chicken, and peaches in Atlanta. He later became a béisbol writer for El Diario de Nueva York. He has written about immigrant communities in English, Spanish, and some Spanglish. Although he does not have a shelf full of awards, Gustavo has received thank you notes and hugs from people who have trusted him with their stories. His work has appeared in Voices of New York, El Diario/La Prensa, Dallas’ Al Día, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook, Philadelphia Weekly, Radio Bilingüe, Latina Lista, Spot.us, among others. He is currently pursuing a master's degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
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