Story told by Luís León about his experience with the Dream 9, Bring 'em Home border crossing. Recorded November 14, 2013 at the University of Portland, Oregon.

*LUIS LEON was born in Veracruz, Mexico. At 5 years old, his family moved to North Carolina where he lived until finishing high school in 2011. Not able to afford college due to his immigration status, Luis’ family decided that he would go back to México on his own and continue his educational career there. After he received the news that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was passed, he resolved to come back to the US and return to his home. In July of 2013 Luis got the opportunity to be part of the Dream 9. This group of undocumented youths, who had been deported because of their immigration status, attempted to cross the US border demanding to be let in on humanitarian grounds. Along with the rest of the Dream 9, he was detained and spent 15 days in Eloy Detention center. Through the organizing of NIYA and other organizations, he and the rest of the Dream 9 were released and allowed to return to their homes in the United States.

*Bio from Radio Autonomía: Interview with Members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance
by Radio Autonomía ( radioautonomia [at] gmail.com )
Monday Nov 11th, 2013 7:41 PM

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