After Accidentally Crossing Into Mexico, DACA Beneficiary Held At Border

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Orr Yakobi never planned to cross the border. But after his roommate mistakenly drove into Mexico, he could be deported.

Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which permits people who came into the country as children to remain-- barring certain stipulations such as leaving the country-- the 22-year-old Israeli citizen had the legal right to stay and complete his degree at the University of California - San Diego.

Yakobi's friend Ryan Hakim was driving them back from a San Ysidro outlet mall when he accidentally merged onto southbound I-5 rather than northbound I-805.

Hakim said that once on the freeway, there was no turning around. "We were forced into Mexico," he explained.

Once the pair realized the mistake, they began to panic about how Yakobi would get back into the country. Sure enough, border control officers examined his documentation and then detained him at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Yakobi remains in custody at Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Otay Mesa where he contends with potential deportation.

The DACA program allows recipients to stay in, but not leave, the United States.

Yakobi's lawyer, Immigration Attorney Jacob Sapichinik, noted that his client's chances might rely upon the current inclination of the government. However, Sapichinik has already garnered backing from politicians on both state and federal levels.

"It is unbelievable. In 24 hours we've got Todd Gloria, we've got Scott Peters, we've got people from other states," the attorney said.

Yakobi needed only two classes to complete his math and computer science major. He'd also begun work freelance programming.

The college senior, who entered the United States at five, holds onto hope that things will work out. His fellow students are gathering encouragement and support from every corner of campus life, including from professors and administrators.

As Hakin voiced, "We want to see him do what he wanted to do with his career."

ICE officials held Yakobi at the border because he lacked a travel permit to enter Mexico.

Sapichinik aspires to get his client released on bond so he can complete his degree before his court date.

Only two days ago, U.S. District Judge William Alsup permitted the requests of several California plaintiffs to stop President Trump from killing DACA until after their lawsuits are concluded.