Avelica-Gonzalez was leaving his child's school campus and was on his way to drop off his other daughter when an unmarked vehicle, which had been following the family auto, pulled him over and arrested him. Is the crime Avelica-Gonzalez committed over a decade ago enough to justify the irreparable division between himself and his family?
Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, 48, was about to drop his daughters off at Academia Avance charter school in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles on Tuesday when he was stopped by U.S. His daughter managed to record a the arrest.Avelica-Gonzalez's older sister, Jocelyn Avelica, told LAist that her father had been tailed by a vehicle since leaving the house.
"It's really hard what we're going through", Avelica-Gonzalez's daughter Brenda Avelica told KABC.
ICE officials are also using dubious new tactics in the attempt to detain undocumented immigrants. Immediately after he pulled over, immigration officials wearing police jackets took him out of the vehicle and arrested him.
The National Day Labor Organizing Network mobilized to make calls to ICE officials to halt Avelica-Gonzalez's deportation. "Today was the first time it was directly one of our families, so it just made real the fears that were already there".
NDLON fought for Avelica-Gonzalez, who was transported to a different detention center outside of Los Angeles, to remain in the states for a little while longer. "We want all Americans to succeed - but that can't happen in an environment of lawless chaos", Trump said, as justification for the crackdown on unauthorized immigrants.
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. Trump's administration, on the other hand, has reportedly been deporting undocumented immigrants with and without criminal records.
Mr Avelica-Gonzalez (pictured, left) has a Driving Under Intoxication conviction from a decade ago.
" If widespread immigration violence exists in our nation, it is committed by the hands of ICE who commit violence by taking away fathers, mothers, never to be seen again", Lopez said.