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25 immigrants remain in custody after protest

October 25, 2013

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A lawyer for 25 young immigrants who remain in federal custody after they surrendered to authorities at the Texas-Mexico border to protest immigration policies says 17 of them have passed the first stage in their requests for asylum.

Attorney David Bennion said in an email Thursday that the other eight received recommended denials after their so-called credible-fear interviews. On Thursday, a judge in El Paso concurred with one recommended denial and overturned another.

The 25 are among 34 immigrants who crossed the bridge into Laredo, Texas on Sept. 30, knowing they did not have the legal status to enter the country.

Those being held spent years living in the U.S. after being brought to the country illegally. They are demanding they be allowed to return to the states.

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