Jul 22, 2013 3:51 PM by Sam Salzwedel

Mexican citizens to test immigration policy

NOGALES - Mexican citizens will try to cross into the United States through the port of entry without the necessary documents.

A group of "DREAMers," who were born in Mexico but spent most of their lives in America, say they want to test President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration policy.

Here's video of the protest on Monday:

Adriana Diaz, 22, came to Phoenix illegally when she was 4 months old. A few months ago she went back to Mexico to go to college.

"I wasn't seeing that being possible in Phoenix," she said, "because of anti-immigrant laws and not being able to find any type of employment whatsoever."

The group gathered in a Nogales, Sonora art gallery to talk to the media Sunday. Five had voluntarily gone back to Mexico in the past few years. Three others crossed more recently because of the experiment.

Lulu Martinez, 23, said her family crossed through Nogales without inspection in 1993. She grew up in Chicago and has been going to school at the University of Illinois.

"We're in constant fear of deportation," Martinez said, "especially for my parents. I think I'm more afraid for my parents than for myself."

She applied for DACA status, but it has not been approved yet. She had a chance to visit her family, but came down because to the experiment.

"We recognize that Deferred Action is just one small piece of the big immigration system," Martinez said, "and a lot of people don't qualify for it."

They will try to cross around 10 a.m. Monday.

"All we want is to go back home," Diaz said. "Each and every one of us. In my case, it's Phoenix. It's always been my home."


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