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US deports second immigration protester in Texas

EL PASO, Texas (AP) Federal authorities in West Texas have deported a second protester from a group of 34 that surrendered to immigration agents in September at the border with Mexico.

The lawyer for Brandon Efren Pena Valencia says he was handed to Mexican authorities Tuesday.

Of the 34, nine were released shortly after crossing into the U.S.; 16 others were later released after interviews determined they were eligible for asylum; and seven remain in custody, with two awaiting release and the others facing deportation.

They all were brought to the U.S. as children but are not citizens.

They're called "dreamers" in reference to the federal Dream Act that would grant immigrants like them lawful status in the U.S.

They were protesting in September to reunite deported youths with their families in the U.S.

 

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