Last December, Mr. Mora was detained at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at a checkpoint and since he was out of status, he was apprehended and detained. He spent New Year behind bars, and expected to be deported. He became the public face of the need to pass the DREAM Act, as his Senators and Congresswoman Barbara Lee fought for his release. Valiant efforts from representatives, community members, school officials and his lawyer, Prerna Lal, helped to secure his release from immigrant detention in January 2018.
After securing his release from Otay Mesa detention, we have also secured work authorization for him so that Luis Mora can use the education he is receiving. The work authorization was also bittersweet because it came on his 21st birthday. It’s a long-deserved benefit, and we are so grateful to have been a part of his journey.
Stay tuned for more updates.