About 20 people rallied outside U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty's office Downtown this morning in support of undocumented immigrants - including a Kenyon College alumnus - who are in an Arizona detention center because they tried to enter the United States from Mexico. Marco Saavedra, 23, who lives in New York and graduated from Kenyon in 2011, crossed into Mexico last week and tried to re-enter the U.S. on Monday.

About 20 people rallied outside U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty’s office Downtown this morning in support of undocumented immigrants — including a Kenyon College alumnus — who are in an Arizona detention center because they tried to enter the United States from Mexico.

Marco Saavedra, 23, who lives in New York and graduated from Kenyon in 2011, crossed into Mexico last week and tried to re-enter the U.S. on Monday. Two other young undocumented immigrants who also had lived in this country for most of their lives did the same.

Their express purpose was to draw attention to this country’s deportation policies, said Ruben Castilla Herrera, an organizer with the Ohio Action Circle and a friend of Saavedra’s.

Others already in Mexico joined the three activists, and all were detained when they entered the U.S. at the Nogales (Ariz.) Border Patrol Station. Supporters call them the “Dream 9” in reference to the proposed Dream Act, which would allow a route to citizenship for people brought illegally to the United States as children.

This morning’s demonstrators called on Beatty, a Democrat from Jefferson Township, to support the activists’ applications for asylum from Mexico.

About 30 minutes after the demonstration’s 11 a.m. start, the protestors were invited inside Beatty’s office at 471 E. Broad St. for an “unfettered conversation” about the issues, said Greg Beswick, a spokesman for Beatty.