U.S. immigration officials on Friday evening released five more immigration activists of the 25 who have been in detention since surrendering at the Texas-Mexico border in September to protest immigration policies.
Hours earlier, a judge in El Paso denied requests for asylum by two immigrant protesters. Eight of the immigrant protesters remain detained, seven of them having been denied asylum and the other awaiting parole.
One of the 25 immigrants detained in El Paso in September previously was deported. Authorities released 11 people – five of which were women – on Tuesday from that group of young immigrants.
The 25 were among 34 immigrants who crossed an international bridge from Mexico into Laredo on Sept. 30, knowing they did not have the legal status to enter the U.S. Nine of them were released previously: three parents and four children, an unaccompanied minor and the mother of a 4-year-old U.S. citizen with health problems.
The detainees spent years in the U.S. after being brought to the country illegally as children and are asking that they now be allowed to return. They are part of a group of immigrants known as "dreamers," in reference to the U.S. Dream Act bill that would grant permanent residency to students whose parents brought them to the U.S. illegally.
Based on reporting by the Associated Press.