Group of State Legislators Urge ICE to Release Detained UC San Diego, DACA Student

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

SACRAMENTO – In response to the unfair detainment of Mr. Orr Yakobi, a University of California student and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program enrollee, by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Mexico border, the California Legislative Jewish Caucus, sent a letter to ICE urging for his immediate release. 

Mr. Orr Yakobi was a passenger in a vehicle that accidentally crossed the border on Monday after entering the wrong freeway onramp subsequently to leaving the Las Americas outlet mall in San Yisidro.  The freeway then forced the car into Mexico where the driver turned around before being stopped by border patrol.  Mr. Orr Yakobi had no intention of crossing the border, an action that violated the requirements of the DACA program.  Crossing the border was clearly an accident, one that apparently happens with regularity after people leave this outlet mall. 

The letter, signed by 14 members of the caucus, is below: 

Jewish Caucus Letter Urging Release of DACA Student

Richard Bloom is a member of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus and represents California’s 50th Assembly District, which comprises the communities of Agoura Hills, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Hollywood, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Topanga, West Hollywood, and West Los Angeles.