Ossining HS gradation held as student remains detained

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Ossining High School seniors celebrated their graduation Saturday, but one student who is facing deportation may never get the chance to wear his cap and gown.

A rally was held Friday for Diego Puma, who was arrested last week by immigration officials on his prom day.

He and his mother, both undocumented immigrants who came from Ecuador, were denied asylum last year and ordered to be deported.

Puma was a few credits shy of graduating this year, but his classmates say he should be given the chance to finish high school.

Government officials allege that he was involved in gang activity in his native Ecuador, but the Ecuadorian government denies that claim. Puma's lawyers say there is no criminal record to justify deportation.

Puma is being held at the Orange County Corrections facility. He will remain in custody through the entire process, which can take anywhere from a couple of weeks or a couple of months.

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