Berkeley student detained by ICE to miss start of semester, despite help from lawmakers

Thursday, January 11, 2018

KTVU Fox 2

BERKELEY (BCN) Luis Mora, a University of California, Berkeley student detained by immigration officials for overstaying his visa, will miss the first few days of the Spring semester despite help from elected officials, his lawyer said today.

Mora, a 20-year-old pre-law student, was detained Dec. 30 at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection checkpoint roughly 25 miles from Mexico in the Jamul area of unincorporated San Diego County. He was in Southern California over the holiday visiting with his partner, according to Attorney Prerna Lal with the East Bay Community Law Center.

He was transferred into the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last week. The agency is holding him at Otay Mesa – a private prison facility recently accused of violating human traffic laws in a class-action lawsuit covered by the Los Angeles Times.

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