Lizbeth Mateo, an illegal immigrant member of the so-called “Dream 9” that re-entered the United States seeking asylum, said lawmakers needed to pass an immigration reform bill that also puts deported illegal immigrants on a pathway to citizenship.
Appearing on Al Jazeera America’s Consider This last Thursday, Mateo said that the 1.7 million people deported while President Barack Obama has been president “also need a pathway to come home and be united with their families.”
“We can do both things,” she said of giving all illegal immigrants in the country a pathway to citizenship in addition to those that have been deported. “We deserve to come home.”
Mateo, along with eight other illegal immigrants who were brought to this country as children, went back to Mexico and then was detained when she tried to re-enter the United States in July as part of an advocacy stunt for the DREAM Act.
She was released after claiming she would be persecuted in Mexico and immigration officers found she had a “credible fear” of being tortured or persecuted. Mateo is currently studying immigration law while her asylum case makes its way through the immigration system.
As Breitbart News has extensively reported, many illegal immigrants who would qualify for citizenship under the so-called DREAM Act are not model citizens. In fact, many such illegal immigrants have murdered Americans, a story the mainstream media often do not report.