As part of their year-long research for the project, López and Cruz interviewed seven Dreamers who attend UC Berkeley, all currently protected under an executive order signed June 15, 2012, by then-President Barack Obama, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The university has an entire department — the Undocumented Student Program, which is part of the Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence — devoted to the roughly 500 Dreamers currently enrolled. The program assists students with academic support, provides free legal aid by East Bay Community Law Center, and offers other resources to help obtain financial aid and scholarships.
Rowe-Pasos’ immigration lawyer, Janely Mendoza with the East Bay Community Law Center, though not present at the consulate, confirmed that Rowe-Pasos had an original passport, driver’s license, green card, and marriage certificate. “He’s very diligent in reviewing everything that is required, and double checked with his attorney at the time that he took everything necessary,” Mendoza told the B.A.R.
EBCLC is seeking an experienced Staff Attorney on a temporary full-time basis to represent immigrants with a wide variety of immigration matters.
With the recent uncertainty surrounding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and undocumented people generally, “we’re seeing fear and confusion within the entire immigrant community,” says Linda Tam ’00, who directs the East Bay Community Law Center’s Immigration Clinic. “This work has become more important than ever.”
If the Trump administration does not provide an adequate justification for rescinding DACA within the next 90 days, the government will have to accept new DACA applications, under D.C. judge John D. Bates’ ruling. The judge’s ruling does not “change anything immediately,” according to Linda Tam, a lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Law and the director of the immigration clinic at the East Bay Community Law Center.
Following a five-minute hearing Wednesday, an immigration judge ordered the UC Berkeley junior’s release from custody on the minimum possible bond, $1,500, while his case is pending. Lawyers for ICE made no arguments against bond and waived an appeal, said Prerna Lal, Mora’s attorney.
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.
With Democrats threatening a government shutdown this month unless there is a resolution, the legal issue is likely to be tied up in court, according to Prerna Lal, a staff attorney at the East Bay Community Law Center who provides legal services through UC Berkeley’s Undocumented Student Program. Lal said the Department of Justice will likely file an emergency stay in court, which, if granted, would suspend the preliminary injunction.
Prerna Lal, a staff attorney at the East Bay Community Law Center providing legal services for Mora through UC Berkeley’s Undocumented Student Program, said on Twitter that her client is currently behind held at the Otay Mesa Detention Facility in San Diego County.
Two days later, Guadalupe received a phone call from Mindy Phillips, an Equal Justice Works Fellow at EBCLC. […]“The SBHCs have built a rapport and relationships with students and families that serve as a foundation of trust,” said Phillips.