U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials incarcerated a Westchester County, New York, adolescent on Thursday, the morning of his high school prom and periods before his graduation.
Diego Ismael Puma Macancela, 19, fled Ecuador with his mother in 2014 because of syndicate cruelty, NBC 4 New York reported . He is now a senior at Ossining High-pitched School and was set to grad on June 17.
Puma Macancela’s mother was imprisoned on Wednesday, spurring him to abscond to his cousin’s apartment. Sparkler officials established up at the accommodation the next day and arrested him.
” He didn’t do anything wrong, he was just doing best available he had been able to for his future ,” his cousin, Gabriela Macancela, told NBC.
ICE said in a statement that an migration magistrate had problem an tell of removal for the teenage in November, and that relevant agencies apprise local police when they would be in arena” conducting targeted enforcement actions .”
However, Ossining Mayor Victoria Gearity told USA Today that ICE never apprise local police.
U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, a Democrat whose quarter included the high school, issued a statement requesting ICE to hold off on the teen’s removal so he can postgraduate. New York State Assemblymember Francisco Moya likewise spoke out against the two arrested, calling ICE etiquette “unhinged.”
An online application challenging Puma Macancela be saved from removal had more than 12,000 followers as of Sunday evening.