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ICE Agents Detain Undocumented Father While Dropping of Kids

ICE Agents Detain Undocumented Father While Dropping of Kids

Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez had been in the country for 20 years with four children, two of which are grown. Is the crime Avelica-Gonzalez committed over a decade ago enough to justify the irreparable division between himself and his family?

Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, was arrested on Tuesday while dropping off his 13-year-old daughter, according to LAist.

One of his daughters, 13-year-old Fatima Avelica, used her cellphone to capture the moment authorities handcuffed her father and placed him in a dark-colored vehicle.

"I never thought we'd actually go through something like this", another daughter, Brenda Avelica, told KABC.

"It is alarming that ICE followed a father to school and arrested him there while his daughter was in the vehicle", Emi MacLean, an attorney with NDLON, told ATTN:.

ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice said in a statement that agents had conducted surveillance on Avelica-Gonzalez to confirm his identity and arrested him a half-mile from the school Academia Avance.


On Thursday (2 March) ICE agents in Jackson, Mississippi, told 22-year-old undocumented immigrant, Daniela Vargas that she would be deported after she spoke at an immigration press conference. "It's bad to feel and see your family being broken apart". The practice is technically legal, but Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti released a letter urging ICE agents not to identify themselves as police.

Ricardo Mirales, the executive director of the girl's school said the school community would try to help.

Avelica-Gonzalez has since been granted an extended stay by ICE officials, largely due to pressure from NDLON.

Avelica-Gonzalez should be freed, and we must take a closer look at the non-violent individuals that we are seeking to throw out of our country with no regard to context or outcome.

"What we wanted to communicate to our families was that we are in solidarity with that family, and we are in solidarity with all families", Mireles added. "We have to be strong", a woman, believed to be her mother, says in the background. The most recent report from the Immigrant Youth Coalition states that Avelica-Gonzalez remains in detention. If you speak now you will not know what happened to him.