Nine DREAMers were arrested at the border crossing point here on Monday when they tried to reenter the United States from Mexico to test the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The young people were arrested by U.S. authorities as soon as they had passed through the entry gate.

The members of the group were dressed in their high school graduation robes and were surrounded by reporters and members of the community on both sides of the border who shouted "bring them home."

"I'm not afraid, we're ready for our voice to be heard," Maria Vargas, one of the nine young people, told Efe before they were arrested.

Deferred Action authorizes a work permit and the suspension of deportation for two years for undocumented youths who came to the United States before they turned 16.

"We're asking people to call their congressmen and ask for the release of these courageous young people," John Fife, an activist from Tucson, told Efe.

This action was part of the national "Bring them Home" movement, the members of which say they are tired of the deportations and the lack of comprehsive immigration reform that would permit family reunification.

First thing in the morning on Monday, the group of young undocumented people gathered on the Mexican side of the border in Nogales, Sonora, where, making a human chain, they marched through the streets before trying to cross the border at the checkpoint chanting "Sin papeles, sin miedo" (No papers, no fear).

One of those arrested is Adriana Diaz, who said that she was taken to Phoenix by her parents when she was only four months old.

Now 22, Diaz voluntarily returned to Mexico three months before the Deferred Action program was announced because of the severe state laws approved in Arizona against undocumented immigration.

"My life, my family and my future are in the United States," the young woman said. EFE