Detained undocumented UC Berkeley student released on bond

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UC Berkeley junior transfer Luis Mora, who was recently detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, was granted bail Wednesday morning, according to a tweet by his attorney, Prerna Lal.

Lal tweeted that Mora would be released today once the bond amount of $1,500 is paid, as ordered by Immigration Judge Ana Partida.

Mora was taken into custody by Border Patrol in San Diego on Dec. 30 and then later transferred into ICE custody at Otay Mesa Detention Center on Jan. 3. The ICE director initially told Lal in an email that he will not grant Mora a supervised release, according to Lal.

Mora’s U.S. visa expired two to three years ago, according to Mora’s girlfriend, Jaleen Udarbe. Mora currently has an AB 540 plan, which qualifies him for in-state tuition, but his application to be granted DACA status was denied.

Ever since Mora was detained, many have spoken out against ICE and started fundraisers for Mora’s bail bond. Rising Immigrant Scholars through Education, or RISE at Berkeley, a campus immigrant rights organization, started a YouCaring fund for Mora, which has reached $14,545 as of press time.

Malini Ramaiyer is the city news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @malinisramaiyer.