LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Immigration activists Thursday worked to halt the deportation of an undocumented immigrant who they say was detained by ICE this week while dropping his daughters at school in Highland Park.

Rómulo Avelica-González, 48, had dropped his 13-year-old daughter at school on Tuesday when he was pulled over by immigration agents while his wife and 12-year-old daughter were still in the car, advocacy group NDLON says.

“I cried,” daughter Brenda Avelica said. “It’s not easy to see your father in that situation and getting taken away.”

The detention took place about a half-mile from any school, an ICE spokesman told Hoy.

Avelica is originally from Nayarit, Mexico, and has been living in the United States since the 1990s. At one point, he hired an immigration lawyer who promised to help him gain legal residency, but the lawyer never followed through, according to Hoy. He has a nearly decade-old DUI conviction, according to LAist.

His four children are U.S. citizens.

“It would destroy our family,” Brenda said. “It would impact us horribly. We would have to figure out how to live a different life, after we’re used to living as a whole family together, united always.”

Activists are circulating a petition in an effort to convince immigration authorities to allow Avelica to stay in the U.S. They say California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis are reaching out to ICE to help their cause.

Comments (15)
  1. don’t remember these deportation news stories during the Obama administration. Biased media?

  2. Kevin Ault says:

    it’s about time kick him out and take his family with him

  3. Seems like every case wants an “exception” for one reason or another. Kick them all out!!!

  4. Sooooo, he has a Criminal Record AND has already been ordered by a Court back in 2013 to be Deported — Which He Ignored!!
    The fact that he’s evaded Justice for 20 years is irrelevant. Get him OUT, now!!!

  5. ICE knows what to do. Deport people who violated the law.

  6. Harry Herman says:

    He is illegal and his anchor babies are Mexicans in my opinion . Deport them all .

  7. He had 25 years to become a citizen and chose not to. No sympathy.

  8. He was here for 25 years and didn’t become a “LEGAL” citizen. It’s not his attorney’s fault…it’s his responsibility. I’m sick to death of these crying people who are blaming the government. It’s there fault for not thinking of the repercussions to their family…cry me a river…but get the heck out of here!!!

  9. Ryan Davis says:

    If Gov. Jerry Brown, the liberal pig, cares so much about the illegals in California, he should reach out and sponsor this gentleman for citizenship. If the family really cares about staying together, why aren’t they willing to return to Mexico? As citizens of the US, they are free to go wherever they desire, just need to apply for a passport.

  10. Meh. He ILLEGALLY reaped the benefits of stealing a lifetime of living as a US citizen. Seems like he had an enjoyable (ILLEGAL) 25 year run. Time to go home.

  11. Jim Wright says:

    Nice to see the law being upheld! Time to throw all these invaders out of this country!

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