“Dr. Sarah Polk, co-director of Centro SOL, a health center for Latinos run by Johns Hopkins, said an 11-year-old visited her center this week contemplating suicide because of “how frightening it is to see ICE in the neighborhood.””
One day, Segundo Paucar was a pillar of Highlandtown’s tight-knit, Ecuadorian-American community: a 31-year-old married father of two who employed eight people in a small business that rehabbed about 50 properties in the city each year.
The next day, he was gone, picked up by federal agents on charges related to his allegedly entering the country illegally when he was 15.
His sudden disappearance from his family and community — he now sits locked up in the Frederick County Detention Center — has sent shock waves through East Baltimore. Activists and local officials say a sense of fear has swept the immigrant community amid the Trump administration’s orders to enforce federal immigration laws more aggressively.
Paucar’s brother, who asked not to be identified out of fear of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, said the whole family is worried, particularly the children.