Rica-Gonzalez, an undocumented man with four USA -born children, was arrested by immigration officials while dropping his kids off at school.
Fatima's older sister Brenda told ABC7: 'It's really hard what we're going through. This week, Avelica-Gonzalez was picked up by ICE officials while dropping his daughters off at school in Pasadena, California, for a decade old DUI conviction. Mirales told KABC. "We want to be able to find resources to help this family go through this process". It was a "small victory", MacLean told the New York Daily News.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents pulled over Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, 48, a few blocks from his 13-year-old daughter's school in Los Angeles' Highland Park neighborhood on Tuesday. They took him out and they arrested him.
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. "While it is legal to wait outside of safe spaces for enforcement action, it also has costs for public health and safety that impact us all and is in contravention of stated ICE policy".
"It's bad to feel and see your family being broken apart", her sister, Brenda, told CNN affiliate KABC-TV in Los Angeles. "And how do we move forward?'" Mireles said.
The day of the deportation, Ricardo Mireles, executive director of the charter school two of his daughters attend, held a school-wide assembly in solidarity with the family.
The arrest of Avelica-Gonzalez, a Mexican immigrant who has lived and worked in the USA for more than 25 years, was confirmed by his attorney, Emi MacLean.
ICE spokesperson Virginia Kice confirmed to ABC News that officers with one of the agency's Los Angeles-based fugitive operations teams took Avelica-Gonzalez into custody during a vehicle stop Tuesday morning.
In the video police tell the family that they will help get their vehicle home as Avelica-Gonzalez's wife does not drive. If you speak now you will not know what happened to him.
It was initially reported that Avelica-Gonzalez would be deported immediately, but he was granted a temporary stay after the Immigrant Youth Coalition organized a rapid response network to call ICE officials.