Big Win for Immigration Activists Who Staged Protest Near Laredo

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Three dozen undocumented immigrants, who dubbed themselves the Dream 30, staged a protest near Laredo, Texas on Monday. "Undocumented! Unafraid!" the group shouted as they stood at the Mexican border.

This is the second time in only a few short months that a group of undocumented immigrants, who lived part of their lives in the United States, attempted to bring attention to the 1.7 million-plus people who had been deported during President Obama's first term in office.

“There's certainly never been a border crossing of DREAM activists of this size,” wrote Louis DeSipio, a professor of political science at University of California, Irvine to ABC News. “It reflects a steady growth and diversification of the challenges that the DREAM activists are mounting to U.S. immigration policy.”

According to The Huffington Post, on Tuesday the group saw some success to their cause. Immigration authorities released eight of the participants into the United States for a one-year, renewable period, rather than turning them back.

The groups' efforts came at a time when talks of immigration reform appears to have been placed on the back burner and because of this, they have certainly created momentum.

“They’ve already made it into America," Mohammad Adbollahi, an organizer with the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, told The Huffington Post. "The question now is whether the Obama administration is going to let them fight their cases for the next five, six years from detention, or if they’re going to let them fight their cases at home with their families. None of these people are a flight risk. None are a danger to the community.”

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