Activist heads to NY immigration court after ‘self-deporting’ to Mexico

Activist Marco Saavedra deliberately went to Mexico, despite being undocumented, to draw attention to the plight of undocumented young immigrants in 2013. The government is now seeking to deport him back to Mexico but he’s asking a NY immigration judge to grant him asylum because he says it’s too dangerous for him to be an activist there. (Photo credit: Holdyn Brand)

In 2012, Marco Saavedra hatched a dramatic plan with activists at the National Immigrant Youth Alliance. He and other undocumented immigrants would deliberately get themselves detained in South Florida by approaching a Customs and Border Protection station, claiming they were looking for relatives and then acknowledging they had no papers. Saaverdra case will be heard by an immigration judge today.

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