UC Berkeley junior taken into custody by Border Patrol

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Luis Mora, a campus junior transfer, was taken into custody by Border Patrol in San Diego on Saturday night, according to a Facebook post made by his girlfriend, Jaleen Udarbe, on his account.

Mora is currently being held at Vista Terrace Neighborhood Park and has requested a hearing, but he has not received a response as to when it may be, according to the post. Rising Immigrant Scholars through Education, or RISE at Berkeley, a campus student organization that advocates for immigrant student rights, posted to its Facebook page a call to action for people to contact Melissa Maxim, San Diego field director for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, and Luis Silva, supervisor for Customs and Border Protection, or CBP, in order to request Mora’s release.

Along with the information regarding who to contact, RISE also added a script of what to say when calling and an image people can use as their Facebook icons.

“As politicians continue to preach that they are working to protect immigrant youth, their inaction to pass a clean DREAM Act has led to the detainment of one of our fellow peers by border patrol,” the post said. “Luis Mora is being held by CBP awaiting to be transferred to ICE custody, and we need to activate our networks now.”

In her post on Mora’s Facebook profile, Udarbe said Mora was “honest with border patrols about his situation and told them that he is an undocumented student at UC Berkeley.”

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  • Cynthia Morse

    This student is undocumented because he arrived in the U.S. before legal age (18).

    Anyone who comes to this country to live, work, and contribute is an immigrant.

    An immigrant without papers is an UNDOCUMENTED immigrant, not “illegal.” There is no such
    thing as a person being illegal; that adjective cannot apply to a human being.

    Public education isn’t denied any immigrant in this country, no matter what kneejerk and uninformed
    pejoratives are applied to them.

    Otay Mesa and other locations are holding thousands of people who have been waiting for months or more to have accusations against them investigated, and dismissed or verified. Their imprisonment and treatment is completely unconstitutional..THAT is what is illegal!!

    • California Defender

      Good lord Cynthia. Try to keep up.

      1. An alien is a person who is not a citizen of the country where they are residing. We have legal aliens and illegal aliens. Undocumented is an undefined term for political propaganda and nothing more. Please use the proper recognized and definable terms.

      2. A public education should be available to any native born or naturalized citizen. There are no knee jerk or uniformed pejoratives. Just facts.

      3. I agree! The long detainment of illegal aliens is unconstitutional. The US must hire more immigration judges to expedite the process. From apprehension, they should have their case heard and, if guilty, be deported within 72 hours. This only applies to illegal aliens who can prove they have evaded arrest for at least two years. Those who cannot can be deported immediately without a hearing directly by ICE agents. 24 hours would be more than enough time.

  • Arsene Lupin

    Luis says that his dream is to help as many people as he can. Is there any chance he would be willing to help the people of his native country? The people in the US already have it pretty good. The people of Columbia or Ecuador need the help of good people like Luis.

  • dr3yec

    No excuse deport him and make him an example of California’s harbing of criminals.

  • chicoharv

    Chain immigration got Melania’s parents into the USA, yet Trump wants to stop it. Melania worked in USA 5 years before she applied. Yet a Cal student who is DACA gets busted. Shame

    • lspanker

      Do learn the difference between legal and illegal immigration, junior.

    • California Defender

      Good lord. Melania was a citizen before her parents came to the US. And yes, Melania did work for 5 years in the US before she applied for citizenship. It’s called an H1B visa (which needs to be reformed and reduced, by the way).

      And yes, DACA illegal aliens should be busted for breaking federal law and duly deported. Do you still believe in the rule of law? Or does the law only apply to some and not others?

      • Cynthia Morse

        The whole reason for DACA is that children are brought here by undocumented immigrant parents, which means that the children are classified undocumented as well. They have no way to change their residence status.

        • lspanker

          The whole reason for DACA is that children are brought here by undocumented immigrant parents

          You mean ILLEGAL ALIENS, a term defined under Section 8 of the United States Code.

        • California Defender

          DACA does not shield illegal aliens from deportation. It only delays it.

          Why? Because they have broken federal law and nobody is above the law, right Cynthia? Do you agree with this principle of law in a democracy?

    • ESPM360

      Luis Mora is not protected by DACA. He does not qualify under the terms of the program.

      • BerCaley

        Actually, he probably does qualify under the terms of the program.

        You were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
        You entered the United States prior to your 16th birthday;
        You have resided in the United States since June 15, 2007 and currently are present in the U.S.;
        You were in the United States on June 15, 2012 and must be physically in the U.S. at the time of filing for your request for deferred action;
        You entered the United States without border inspection before June 15, 2012, or your immigration status expired prior to June 15, 2012;
        You must be currently in school, have graduated, or obtained an equivalent certificate of completion from high school, successfully obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or must have been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States; and
        You must not have been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and must not pose a threat to national security or public safety.


        • ESPM360

          Well aware of the law. Luis first came here in 2009. Two years too late for DACA.

        • BaconLovingInfidel

          Ineligible. Officially denied.

  • Tricia

    But I thought California was a sanctuary state!

    • jeyhovah

      ICE/Federal Immigration Officers still operate in California, it’s simply that the state of California will provide no assistance to them and will not cooperate with them.

      • California Defender

        It’s called sarcasm, jey, and quite funny.

        More seriously, the political propaganda of a “sanctuary” city/state gives a false sense of security. They will be caught and deported.

        People who break the law should be held accountable, don’t you think?

        • jeyhovah

          how is that funny? Most people are ignorant of this fact and what it actually means. But alright, I guess I missed the boat on that one.

          Yes, send them all back ASAP. This guy should be gone already.

          • California Defender

            Sorry about that! I thought you were trying to justify the sanctuary policy and, well, a little friendly fire. We’re behind enemy lines here so sometimes it can be hard to know who’s a good guy.

            Carry on, brother, and keep fighting the good fight!

  • Victoria Cochran

    California Dem *and* GOP supporters are equally unaware that California Agriculture advocated for DACA and for state drivers’ licenses for all state residents, in order to protect the Mexican workforce that puts affordable food on our tables (Google it). That workforce also provides economic stability to other California industries, including tourism; they are dependent upon seeing Mexican immigrants become a healthy and educated workforce. The US immigration policy and system has been a quagmire of inefficiency for decades, so much so that industries are forced to work around that system in order to survive. Devin Nunes (GOP) voted *for* DACA; it’s that important to the industries he represents. The facts make most of the arguments here superfluous.

    • lspanker

      We have legal Mexican immigrants and illegal aliens. The flood of illegals drives down wages for, and deprive jobs to low-skilled legal immigrants as well as native citizens.

    • California Defender

      You’re arguing for slave labor, Victoria? How shameful!

      Those illegal aliens, who are virtually modern slaves, are keeping the entire system depressed. Low wages, bad public services, deteriorating infrastructure, ballooning debt, crime, environmental destruction, and a demographic change that is leading to terrible overpopulation all so you can have cheap baby bok choi on your plate?


  • jeyhovah

    How was he even allowed to APPLY to Cal? An illegal hanging out in San Diego is like a week sober meth addict hanging out in a crack house. A VERY BAD IDEA.

    • Cynthia Morse

      University of California, Berkeley, is public education. Public education is not denied to anyone in this country; immigration status is irrevelant. The idea behind that is–listen carefully–education is a public good. It improves the ability of all people to make a living and to understand and participate in their government. That was the idea in the beginning and is still why it exists. Educating everyone makes everyone’s lives better.

      • lspanker

        University of California, Berkeley, is public education. Public education is not denied to anyone in this country; immigration status is irrevelant.

        Says who, a fruitcake like you?

        Educating everyone makes everyone’s lives better.

        How about starting with you learning that we have immigration laws?

      • California Defender

        Other way around, Cynthia.

        If Berkeley were private, they could admit whoever they like. But I’d argue they would be committing immigration fraud, if they did.

        A public institution, which is funded by tax paying citizens, should be held to a higher standard, if not simply a legal one. Their mission should be to educate our citizens to return benefit to our society, not the citizens and society of another country.

  • Curtis Jones

    Expel Kali from the Union, wall it off and send all of the illegals there, problem solved.

    • Steve Todd

      Sorry, the us economy would take to big a hit!
      Like among the brain dead!

      • lspanker

        How would the economy “take a great hit”, given that we still have millions of our own people who are unemployed?

    • Marcos Hernandez

      As it turns out, it is red states that are overwhelmingly the Welfare
      Queen States. Yes, that’s right. Red States — the ones governed by folks
      who think government is too big and spending needs to be cut — are a
      net drain on the economy, taking in more federal spending than they pay
      out in federal taxes. They talk a good game, but stick Blue States with
      the bill.

      • lspanker

        Based on what cites?

        • BerCaley
          • California Defender

            The TF’s map actually shows federal spending as a percentage of state revenue. If a state has low taxes, the percentage will be higher. It’s generally displaying high-tax vs. low tax states.

            And are you really going to use the NYT, a leftist fake news outlet? Interestingly, in between paragraphs of poorly written propaganda, the NTY did lament how the Republican north imposed high tariffs on the Democrat south after the Civil War to pay for absurdly high yankee soldier’s pensions. The NYT was defending the Confederacy? My whole world is happily upside-down now!

            But I’m glad to see you’re supporting the cause. After you polish the nearest Confederate memorial statue in Berkeley, let’s hear your best rebel yell…

      • California Defender

        Try examining it per capita.

        Of the top 10 recipients of federal dollars per capita, 8 of them are blue states. The top being horribly blue DC with 7 times the national average at $74,000 per person. And it’s STILL a stinking dump of violence, drugs, and poverty.

        How about the bottom 10? The majority are red states with Utah at the bottom, barely taking in $7,000 a year. DC leeches nearly that amount every month!

        In short, I support reducing federal taxes AND reducing state payments which is exactly what the Trump Administration is doing. Sounds like you agree.

    • Nunya Beeswax

      There’s an Indian goddess in the Union?

      • California Defender


    • California Defender

      No, no, no. California was traditionally a conservative-libertarian state which led to its prosperity and success that the current squatters are still riding. It wasn’t until a mix of pointless foreign wars, globalism, and unfettered illegal immigration that those squatters were allowed to squat.

      We’ll take it back. It won’t be tomorrow, but it will happen. I assure you.

  • I love Trump!!!

    Kudos for the Border Patrol!! Keep sending these intruders back!

  • lspanker

    campus student organization that advocates for immigrant student rights

    You mean illegal aliens, correct?

    • BerCaley

      Maybe your boy Cheeto will deport Melania. We can only hope.
      But his law would have kept his own grandfather out.

      • California Defender

        Why should Melania be deported? She came over on an H1B, eventually converted it to a green card, then citizenship. The legal process.

        And why would any immigration laws have kept out his grandfather who legally immigrated in 1885? He saved his money working hard as a barber for six years to buy a restaurant and then legally EARNED citizenship in 1892.

        What’s wrong with that?

        • lspanker

          Note the lack of an answer from the little troll…

          • BerCaley

            Are you talking about me or about yourself because you didn’t answer me.
            Your girl Melania came here on a tourist visa:


            Notice the use of a reliable cite rather than Gateway Pundit. Very low of me.

          • lspanker

            Your girl Melania

            Not my girl, no clue how you came to that conclusion.

            came here on a tourist visa:

            But she came here legally, then got the necessary visa through proper immigration channels to stay here permanently, correct? End of story.

          • BerCaley

            Mora came here legally as well.

            As for your girl, she won’t release her records. We only know that she came here on a tourist visa. Whether she worked here illegally is a supposition because she won’t release her records.

            Why is that?

          • California Defender

            How do you know Mora came here legally? The article made no mention of his status. If ICE arrested him, it’s fair to assume he’s an illegal alien.

            Also, some extremist group at Berkeley referred to the DREAM Act, which is further evidence that he did not come here legally.

          • California Defender

            Yes, she came on a tourist visa to scout for work and secured a position. Perfectly legal. She was then sponsored by a modeling agency on an H1B to work.

            I won’t even delve into the laughable assertion that the LA Times is a “reliable cite”.

        • Cynthia Morse

          The researched and verified account: Trump’s grandfather made a great deal of money pimping prostitutes, running brothels, and dealing drugs. He used much of it to buy New York real estate. At one point he tried to return to Germany. German authorities wouldn’t allow him to stay. His estate funded Trump and his father before him.

          • California Defender

            The researched and verified account? From who, your local commissar? Cynthia, the first rule of propaganda is to make it believable. What you have is laughable.

            As for Germany, the prince was not happy that Trump’s grandfather avoided military service by going to America and dual citizenship was unheard of then. So, the prince said the American was more than welcome to visit, but citizenship was impossible. A blessing in disguise.

    • Steve Todd

      Actually, I knew dozens of immigrants while at cal, none were illegal, dipshit!

      • lspanker

        Did I say all immigrants were illegal, of course not – but these campus activist groups aren’t fighting for the rights of LEGAL immigrants. Maybe you should take a reading comprehension class before calling other people “dipsh!ts”…

      • California Defender

        How did you know they were legal? Did you ask for their papers?

    • Jack Spencer

      Maybe now his spot can rightfully go to an American Citizen, or an immigrant who is here legally.

      • lspanker


    • rychastings

      aka criminals