Published: Sun, March 05, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

ICE Agents Nab Father While Dropping Daughter Off At School

ICE Agents Nab Father While Dropping Daughter Off At School

His 19-year-old daughter reportedly told the LAist that her father was "really scared" to pull over.

A girl recorded federal immigration agents arresting her father, an unauthorized immigrant, as he was driving her to school in Los Angeles this week. It shows Ice officials, who are clad in police jackets, taking 48-year-old Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez into custody while his daughter sobs loudly and films the video. A palm-frond cross rested on the dashboard.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Immigrant Youth Coalition urged people to contact the Los Angeles ICE field office and pressure them so they would not deport Avelica-Gonzalez.

One moment, her father was dropping her off at school. Mirales told KABC. "We want to be able to find resources to help this family go through this process". "When they arrested my dad he asked what he had done wrong and they told him to be quiet and handcuffed him".

Academia Avance, the Highland Park charter school where Avelica-Gonzalez was detained, quickly rallied community support for the family.

ICE officials and Trump have continuously claimed that the vast majority of arrests and deportations have been undocumented immigrants with criminal records, which is actually true in Avelica-Gonzalez's case who has two prior convictions.

"The irony is that the eighth graders went to the Museum of Tolerance today", said Ricardo Mireles.

Prior to detention Tuesday, Avelica-Gonzalez had two convictions; a DUI from almost a decade ago and one involving the purchase of an improperly registered vehicle. He and his wife had just dropped off their 12-year-old daughter - and were about to drop off their 13-year-old daughter - when ICE intercepted them, according to LAist. "It's bad to feel and see your family being broken apart", Jocelyn also told a local ABC News outlet. He is also accused of buying a auto with an incorrect registration sticker nearly two decades ago.

The family's attorney has begun filing paperwork for a U-Visa, which would allow Avelica-Gonzalez to remain in the country with his family.

U-visas were created to help victims of crime, those who have suffered mental or physical abuse or those who have helpful law enforcement and it is not known why Mr Avelica-Gonzalez would be eligible for one.

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