Monday, March 10, 2014
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dozens of young migrants have presented themselves to U.S. border inspectors in San Diego without legal documents to protest U.S. immigration policies.
Demonstrators in green, purple and yellow graduation gowns marched through the streets of Tijuana, Mexico, to the Otay Mesa border crossing on Monday. They chanted slogans urging an overhaul of U.S. immigration laws and called on President Barack Obama to halt deportations.
Organizer Rocio Hernandez of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance says about 30 attempted to cross. By the end of this week, she says that number may rise to 150.
Many are expected to seek asylum. Similar protests were held last year at border crossings in Arizona and Texas.
The migrants call themselves "Dreamers," after failed legislation aimed at allowing some immigrants to stay in the county.