#FreeOrr: Release Orr from his Unjust Detainment

Petition to ICE

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We really need your help to get Orr Yakobi released from his holding cell at the Otay Mesa Detention Facility!

On January 7, 2018, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detained Mr. Yakobi after he accidentally crossed the border into Mexico and attempted to return to the United States through the San Ysidro port of entry. He was a passenger in a vehicle whose driver was unfamiliar with the area, and mistakenly crossed the border after entering the southbound side of the 5 freeway from the Las Americas outlet mall in San Ysidro. Once the vehicle entered the freeway, they were in the far right lane and no longer had an opportunity to turn around. By all accounts, Mr. Yakobi had no intention of crossing the border.

Orr is a Math & Computer Science senior at UCSD, who is two classes away from graduating and is a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) enrollee. He has met all of the terms of the DACA program and knows he is not allowed to leave the country. As mentioned previously, Orr had no intention of leaving this country, but the poor signage by the border lead to a lot of confusion that resulted in this unfortunate scenario. This does happen often to many visiting the border town of San Ysidro, so it is understandable that this occurred.

Orr is an aspiring mobile and web app entrepreneur that currently does freelance development for clients. Mr. Yakobi has developed many of his own computer applications and recently was one of the winners of the 2017 Triton Entrepreneur Nights. Since Orr moved here when he was 7 years old, he has been dreaming for a chance to start his own business and create his own success, hoping to achieve the “American Dream”. There have been many instances where he has sacrificed his own time to help the people around him, whether that be offering academic, emotional, or professional support. Orr is a very caring person that always looks for the best in people, and that is apparent in the way he treats all of the people he comes in contact with.

At this point there is no probable reason for Orr to continue being detained in a holding a cell and we want him to either immediately be released or at least be paroled while his case is reviewed. No person should have to undergo such a complicated and uneasy process due to an honest accident. His classes resumed 1/8/2018 and this situation is hindering his progress as a math and computer science student. He has spent his last 3 years at UC San Diego working hard to obtain his undergraduate degree and we don't him to be forced to throw it all away because of a mistake that could happen to anyone.

Sign this petition and lets help Orr return back to his family and friends that miss him dearly! Please share this with all of your friends and family so we can get as many signatures as possible.


https://www.10news.com/news/ucsd-student-detained-at-border-after-wrong-turn

He is represented by Sapochnick law firm and any inquires should be addressed to the firm at  www.h1b.biz.

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Petition by
Free Orr
San Diego, California

To: Petition to ICE
From: [Your Name]

To whom it may concern,

We urge you to release Mr. Orr Yakobi from the Otay Mesa Detention Facility. Mr. Yakobi is a Math & Computer Science senior at UCSD who is two classes away from graduating and is a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) enrollee.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detained Mr. Yakobi on January 7, 2018 after he accidentally crossed the border into Mexico and attempted to return to the United States through the San Ysidro port of entry. He was a passenger in a vehicle whose driver was unfamiliar with the area, and accidentally crossed the border after entering the southbound side of the 5 freeway from the Las Americas outlet mall in San Ysidro. Once the vehicle entered the freeway, they were in the far right lane and no longer had an opportunity to turn around. By all accounts, Mr. Yakobi had no intention of crossing the border.

Mr. Yakobi has met all of the terms of the DACA program. Moreover, a federal judge issued a ruling on January 9, 2018, just two days after Mr. Orr’s detention, which significantly impacts all DACA enrollees. The judge concludes that DACA falls within the authority of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and recognizes, as we do, that DACA recipients play an essential role in higher education institutions such as UC San Diego.

At this point there is no probable reason for Mr. Yakobi to continue being detained and we ask that he immediately be released or at least be paroled while his case is reviewed. He is an aspiring mobile and web app entrepreneur that currently does freelance development for clients. Mr. Yakobi has developed many of his own computer applications and recently was one of the winners of the 2017 Triton Entrepreneur Nights. He is a valuable member of the UC San Diego community and society as a whole.

No person should have to undergo such a complicated and uneasy process due to an honest accident. UC San Diego classes resumed 1/8/2018 and this situation is negatively affecting Mr. Yakobi and is hindering his progress as a math and computer science student. He has spent his last 3 years at UC San Diego working hard to obtain his undergraduate degree, and achieve what he has been dreaming for since he was 7 years old when he moved to this country. That is why we are asking for his release, so all that he has accomplished will not be in vain, and let him return to his family and friends that miss him dearly.

Thank you.