After being placed in an unmarked vehicle and taken to a nearby detention center, family members were informed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement that Avelica-Gonzalez would be deported later that day. The ICE officials, who wore police jackets, took the 48-year-old father into custody as he dropped his girls off at school in Highland Park on Tuesday.
Jocelyn Avelica, Avelica-Gonzalez's 19-year-old daughter, told LAist that the ICE agents' auto had been following her father since he left their house that morning. Mirales told KABC. "We want to be able to find resources to help this family go through this process".
"Basically what ICE has told officials is that this man has prior convictions, as a way of essentially throwing him under the bus", MacLean told LAist.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement took Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, 48, away from his screaming daughter on February 28 for being an undocumented immigrant. "We are going to take him", the authorities say.
Mr Avelica-Gonzalez is reportedly being deported to Mexico because of a DUI conviction, which dates from nearly 10 years ago.
"It's bad to feel and see your family being broken apart", her sister, Brenda, told CNN affiliate KABC-TV in Los Angeles.
"If we allow this as a community to continue, then we create an environment where children are afraid to go to school, parents are afraid to drop their children off at school, and people are living in a culture of fear", Emi MacLean, an attorney with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) told LAist.
Ricardo Mirales, the executive director of the girl's school said the school community would try to help.
"Everybody on November 9th was afraid", Mireles added". But it was fear of what was not known. "And how do we move forward?'" The practice is technically legal, but Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti released a letter urging ICE agents not to identify themselves as police. Under the Obama administration, Avelica-Gonzalez likely wouldn't have been targeted for deportation-ICE focused primarily on undocumented immigrants with aggravated felony convictions or gang-related convictions.
Avelica-Gonzalez's arrest is just the latest after a series of immigration raids have swept the US.
Avelica-Gonzalez is now being detained at a detention facility outside of Los Angeles and awaits his fate.
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