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Organizers of a protest in New York City Monday afternoon called for the release of an Ossining High School student who was detained by immigration officials on the same day as his prom.
A strong show of support turned out at the federal building in downtown Manhattan for Diego Puma Macancela, a 19-year-old from Ecuador taken into custody by federal authorities Thursday. The Hudson Valley Community Coalition hosted the protest.
According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, Macancela and his mother were arrested at their Prospect Avenue home Thursday. He remains in federal hands and could face deportation.
ICE officials say a judge issued the two an order of supervision in 2014, which allowed them to temporarily stay in the U.S. In November, an immigration judge told them they had to leave the U.S.
Westchester County Legislator Catherine Borgia says the family didn't have a chance to apply for legal residency.
Despite Macancela’s status, protesters say they are seeking justice for him and all immigrants who want to live the American dream.
Sen. David Carlucci sent a letter to the director of ICE requesting a temporary stay of removal so Macancela can graduate high school.