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Westchester Teen Taken Into Custody By ICE Moved Out Of State

Diego Macancela
Diego Macancela Photo Credit: File

Diego Puma Macancela, the 19-year-old former Ossining High School student detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement nearly two weeks ago, has been moved to a detention facility in Louisiana.

The move was confirmed by Neighbors Link, the Mount Kisco-based organization that is representing him. Macancela had been detained at the Orange County Correctional Facility with his mother. His mother was moved to a different facility in Louisiana.

"This is part of the typical process and does not mean this is a fait accompli," Carola Bracco, executive director of Neighbors Link, said.

Neighbors Link filed a second stay of removal on Macancela's behalf Friday. The first stay was denied when ICE said he has gang ties in his native Ecuador, Neighbors Link said. According to a document obtained by Daily Voice, the Ecuadorian government said Macancela had no criminal record and no record of gang activity.

Macancela and his mother had been ordered removed by an immigration judge last November. He was detained on June 8, the same day as his senior prom. His mother was detained on June 7.

Macancela's detention has attracted worldwide attention. A petition has attracted more than 21,600 signatures, with signees from countries like Sweden, Germany, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. Protests have also been held outside Ossining High School

Ossining School Superintendent Raymond Sanchez said they would welcome back Macancela to finish his final exams and graduate high school.

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