ICE detainee speaks to 'Turn to Tara'

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In a rare legal victory, immigrant advocates in northern Westchester secured the release of a 42-year-old Mount Kisco man who was arrested by ICE more than three months ago.

Enrique Lopez Perez spoke to 'Turn to Tara' through a translator to share his painful journey through the justice system and his alleged mistreatment behind bars.

"In prison, the guards treat us as if we were common criminals, they put the temperature down to control us…raw potatoes for lunch," says Perez.

His release marks the first detained victory for the group's lawyers since President Donald Trump took office.

His lawyers at Neighbors Link claim he never had any problems with the law in his native Guatemala or Westchester until his April arrest by ICE.

His arrest in an ICE raid at his friend’s home back in April was caught on cellphone footage that quickly went viral.

After the video was released, Mount Kisco's Neighbors Link decided to take on his case pro bono.

The construction worker and father of three was detained at the Orange County Jail for 87 days until his release this Monday.

He says not all of the correction officers he came in contact with treated him harshly, just a handful throughout his three-month ordeal.

News 12 has not heard from jail officials about his allegations.

Turn To Tara has discovered about 800 other complaints of hate and bias at 34 immigrant jails, included the one in Orange County, since January of last year.

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