Assemblymember Todd Gloria Issues Statement on the Release of Orr Yakobi from ICE Detention

Friday, January 12, 2018

SAN DIEGO, CA – California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) issued this statement after Orr Yakobi, a UC San Diego student under the DACA program, was released from federal custody today.

Today marks the end of a nightmare for Orr Yakobi. I could not be more relieved to see him released from federal custody – a place he should have never been in the first place

As Congress continues its conversation about DACA, Orr’s story exemplifies why we must pass a clean DREAM Act now so that no student shares Orr’s same experience. In the coming weeks, I look forward to working with Orr to help inform this conversation.

It is my hope Orr will resume his normal life as a resident and student in this country and continue on to earn his degree from UC San Diego. For now, today’s victory belongs to Orr and all of our DACA recipients who may feel uncertain about their future in the United States. To them I say: we value you, we care about you, and we will fight for you.”

Orr Yakobi was detained at the border on January 8, 2018 after the driver of the vehicle he was traveling in made a wrong turn onto I-805 south instead of I-805 north and crossed into Mexico. He and his friend had been shopping at the Las Americas border outlets.

Earlier this week, Assemblymember Gloria sent a letter to Immigrations and Custom Enforcement officials urging Orr’s release. The letter can be found here