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Berkeley Battling for Release of Luis Mora


January 9, 2018 1:21 PM
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
The University of California, Berkeley is working to end the detention of one of its undocumented students who was detained by the Department of Homeland Security after allegedly overstaying his visa. The university's chancellor and student activists are keen on taking all appropriate actions to support the student's interests so that he may continue his studies and his life as a valued member of [the] community.

The University of California, Berkeley is working to end the detention of one of its undocumented students who was detained by the Department of Homeland Security after allegedly overstaying his visa. The university's chancellor and student activists are keen on "taking all appropriate actions to support the student's interests so that he may continue his studies and his life as a valued member of [the] community."

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Luis Mora was arrested on December 30 by U.S. Border Patrol agents after he and his girlfriend - while driving home from a party - took a wrong turn and ended up at an immigration checkpoint. Mora is being held in a temporary cell and UC Berkeley is trying to ensure that he has "access to legal services and other resources to end his detention."

In a recent statement, Chancellor Carol Christ said that she sends "a message of support and solidarity to the Berkeley students who are making extraordinary efforts to secure the release of our student detained near the U.S-Mexico border." Mora came to the U.S. when he was 11 years old, and was granted a tourist visa while his mother received breast cancer treatment. Jaleen Udarbe, Mora's girlfriend, "confirmed that he is not part of the DACA program," further stating that "He came here in 2009, which was a little after the cut-off date for it."

A bipartisan meeting will be held today at the White House over immigration policy in an attempt to come to an agreement before the January 19 long-term spending deadline.

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Kurt D  on  1/19/2018 1:55:25 AM commented:

"Undocumented" means illegal so lets get that straight. When I'm in another country, I follow their rules. And the money wasted on booking him could have been used on other services and agencies that help our men, women, and children. I agree with most of the posts before me.

Johnny B  on  1/16/2018 1:47:54 PM commented:

Did he or didn't overstay his tourist visa? If he did this shouldn't even be an issue. He is here ILLEGALLY and apparently didn't make any efforts to become legal. For Berkeley to even try to influence a person's opinion of this is plain immoral and wrong. My mother is from another country and followed the law and became a US citizen. To all those defending those breaking the law, you are only probably doing so because either you're here illegally or a family member is. Also, Julia B., YOU were not brought here illegally and against your will although your ancestors may have been. For you to even make such an assertion is a dishonor and disgrace to your ancestors. Instead of whining about what happened many, many years ago, make a positive change in your life. Also, no one is forcing you to stay here so your feeble attempt to make any type of persuading argument is without merit. By the way, I wonder who paid for his mother's breast cancer treatments? Americans?

Lisa H  on  1/12/2018 11:37:48 AM commented:

This is NONE of Berkeley's business. It is a LEGAL issue. The student did not renew his visa and now must face the consequences. Why should he get special treatment and assistance when he broke the law?! No other country would tolerate this nonsense and would immediately send home someone who overstayed his visa. Give me a break, "Julia B". I highly doubt that YOU were brought to the United States against your will. And if you desire to return to Africa because your life is so terrible here and you "didn't ask to be here", then feel free to go back to your homeland ASAP. I promise you that NO ONE would stop you. BTW, there is no "mess". Abide by immigration law, and you will have nothing to worry about. Coming here illegally is just WRONG, and it is certainly not fair to those who have gone through the proper channels to become PROUD American citizens!

Julia B.  on  1/12/2018 10:13:30 AM commented:

It is a tremendous service for you to provide information on this horrendous treatment of a student. Those who want to blame the children of people that immigrated to America years ago, looking for a better life always forget that this is EXACTLY why they're here as well. If the DACA children leave, they have to go, too! Then, there's those of us who came against our will from various African countries. Will it devolve into sending us back, too, even though we didn't ask to be here? It's a mess, and you're doing a great service to let your constituents know what's happening that directly affects them. Thank you.

Tim W  on  1/9/2018 11:04:25 PM commented:

This does not seem like an appropriate use of our education dollars, I am a UC student, should I expect my school to intervene in my legal problems? The simple fact is a legal resident is not going to get this type of aid under any circumstances. If I was unable to attend class for any reason all I would get is a bill from the UC system for the classes I missed.

Chris R  on  1/9/2018 7:41:05 PM commented:

Rules are rules. If you dont cut it at Berkeley and you are put on academic probation and dont resolve the issue by the end of then next semester you are removed from the school. This rules are there for a reason and occasionally someone undeserving of it gets wrapped into the consequences of the rules they didnt adhear to. The undocumented student could have gotten a student visa and continued to go to school with no issues. He did not accomplish this and is now suffering the consequences. I appreciate the effort of the college chancellor but do not agree with the chancellor fighting. I believe they should remain nutural.

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