Westchester Residents Demand a Halt to ‘Arbitrary’ ICE Arrests

Marcia Pinos, the wife of Carlos Quichimbo, who was arrested, with the couple’s child. (Photo via Westchester Hispano)

The arrest of Ecuadorean immigrant Carlos Quichimbo at his Ossining home is only the most recent of the arbitrary actions carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, according to a Westchester Hispano story. In those raids, agents “enter a Latino house looking for one person but take away a different one without a court order or any document stating their name.”

Quichimbo is being held at the Orange County Correctional Facility. His wife, Marcia Pinos, received bruises on her arm and shoulder when the police handcuffed her. She was released when she told immigration agents that she had a 2-year-old child.

 In July, Ecuadorean immigrant Cristóbal Paute was deported after he was detained by ICE and held at a detention center for six months. The incident outraged the community as Paute was separated from his family and three children.

Residents of Ossining and other areas of Westchester protested on Wednesday in front of Ossining’s town hall, at a rally convened by the Hudson Valley Community Coalition.

Ossining Village Trustee Omar Herrera said that the local police do not have to collaborate with ICE and that residents can rest assured that Ossining police officers are there to support everyone regardless of their immigration status.

Verónica Paute, Cristóbal’s sister, said that she does not feel secure even though she has lived in Ossining for 17 years. “I am fearful, desperate and powerless that ICE agents may knock on my door and arrest me too,” she said at the protest.

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