Nine activists trying to test U.S. immigration laws are being detained in Arizona after attempting to cross the border from Mexico.
The activists were attempting to return to the U.S. after going back to Mexico several years ago, and were arrested for entering the country illegally.
Six of the people detained were brought to the U.S. illegally when they were children and, when they wanted to go to college, decided to return to Mexico. This, however, was before President Obama directed his administration to stop deporting young people who came to the U.S. illegally through no fault of their own.
Since these activists were never given the chance to stay in the U.S. and pursue an education, they now want to come back and attain those rights. The three others being detained went to Mexico to help them return to the U.S.
Currently, the directive from the president would not apply to these people, making no exception for people who returned to their native country and now want to come back to the U.S. This protest was designed to challenge the Obama administration.
Before they attempted to walk through the pedestrian crossing into the U.S. on Monday, Adriana Diaz, one of the activists, told Fronteras Desk's Michel Marizco that she expected the Obama administration to eventually let them through.