Immigration officials arrest father after he drops daughter off at school
Mar 05 2017
A sobbing schoolgirl has recorded video footage of her undocumented father - who had lived in USA for 20 years - being handcuffed and led away by agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
On Tuesday, Avelica-Gonzalez, who has been in the US for more than 20 years, dropped off his 12-year-old daughter and was on his way to drop off his 13-year-old child when immigration official detained him a block from his daughter's school in Los Angeles, the LAist reports. A palm-frond cross rested on the dashboard.
Los Angeles-based agents, officials explained, observed Avelica-Gonzalez to confirm his identity before arresting him during a vehicle stop in the 3200 block of Pasadena Avenue. 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 Mexican father of four was on his way to drop off Fatima, who was born in the USA, to school when the agents arrested him on a 2014 outstanding order of removal prompted by a 2009 driving under the influence conviction. Mr. Avelica remains in ICE custody at this time. ICE arrests have been rising since Mr. Trump took office, with so-called Dreamers and others with clean criminal records caught in the net.
Ricardo Mireles, the executive director of the Academia Avance school which the girls attend, said: 'The impacts (of his arrest) are going to come in terms of "Hey, how do we pay the rent?"
Avelica-Gonzalez, an undocumented 48-year-old father of four, is a native of Nayarit, Mexico. Although the officials were from ICE, their jackets said "police" on them.
Is the solution for illegal immigration to tear apart functioning family units in the interest of winning political points? The administration of former President Barack Obama targeted undocumented immigrants with violent criminal records for deportations. "He has been living in the United States for 16 years and fears going back to Mexico". "And we are going to stand together if this were to happen again".
"I've always said we all do things that we learn from", she added. His family needs him here and deporting him would bring emotional and financial hardship to his family.