Latino civil rights activist detained at Buffalo airport

Rausel Arista is being held for attempting to fly without proper documentation.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Latino civil rights activists are rallying around Rausel Arista who is currently in the Batavia Detention Center for attempting to fly back to Charlotte, N.C. without proper documentation.

Arista, a father of two,  is with the Latin American Coalition, a group that fights for civil rights for immigrants and he was in the Buffalo for the weekend visiting friends.

Arista was stopped by a TSA and questioned by border patrol while trying trying to board a plane back home from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.  Officials say he does not have the right documentation and could be deported.

Supporters are planning a vigil Monday night at 8 p.m  at the Buffalo Detention Center in Batavia, appealing to ICE for Rausel’ release.

Rausel, who is originally from Mexico has been active in civil rights since 2006 and participated in many civil rights campaigns. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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