Puma Macancela, a 19-year-old high school student in Ossining, N.Y., expected the authorities would be looking for him. A day before, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had arrested and detained his mother, an undocumented Ecuadoran immigrant who entered the U.S. illegally with him.
The teenager was arrested, taken into custody and sent to a detention facility in New Jersey. He has remained there in the days since, separated from his mother, Rosa Ines Macancela Vazquez, who is being held in a different center, Orange County Correctional Facility in Goshen, N.Y.
Puma Macancela was supposed to walk in his high school graduation ceremony, scheduled for this coming Saturday. He is now all but certain to miss it, and faces imminent deportation to his native country.
In the aftermath of Puma Macancela’s arrest, relatives, immigration lawyers, Washington lawmakers and even the schools superintendent in his village just north of New York City have mobilized to support the teenager. About 19,200 people have signed an online petition for him.
Nice going ICE. Enjoy your Police State.
Source: Mercury News