ICE detains man months after traffic stop; wife fights for reunion

<p>A Central Islip woman is fighting for a reunion with her husband who was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.</p>

News 12 Staff

Nov 12, 2018, 8:55 PM

Updated 2,022 days ago

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ICE detains man months after traffic stop; wife fights for reunion
A Central Islip woman is fighting for a reunion with her husband who was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Felipe Iniguez, a 49-year-old living in the U.S. illegally for 17 years, was taken into custody months after he was pulled over for a broken headlight while driving in Lloyd Harbor. He was given a ticket.
Iniguez's wife, Yeny, is a naturalized U.S. citizen. Iniguez was already going through the process of himself becoming a citizen. They got married two years ago.
Yeny Iniguez says her husband pays taxes, has no criminal history and was coming home from work when he was pulled over in May. Three months later, he was nabbed by ICE agents outside his Central Islip home.
Lloyd Harbor Police Chief Thomas Krumpter says Iniguez had a standing deportation order, which is what caused them to notify ICE. He says the department does not "actively help ICE in detaining illegal immigrants."
But Iniguez's attorney, Eric Horn, says that's exactly what the department did.
"By advising ICE of people with administrative warrants, they are obviously doing the work of ICE or cooperating with them," Horn says. "They are working with ICE in a way that is clearly detrimental to the safety of the immigrant community."
News 12 is told that officers with the Nassau and Suffolk police departments typically do not run a person's driver's license for a broken headlight. However, there was no definitive answer from either department on whether would notify ICE if they did run a license and found an outstanding administrative warrant.
Iniguez is being held in an Orange County detention center. His next date before an immigration judge is at the end of November.
Head over to Newsday for more on this story.


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