His daughter, 13-year-old Fatima Avelica, used her cellphone and recorded the moment her father was handcuffed and placed in a dark-colored vehicle by federal agents.
A 48-year-old father named Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Los Angeles this week while he was dropping his daughters off at school - and the emotional scene was caught on camera.
Officers with one of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Los Angeles-based Fugitive Operations teams took Mr. Avelica into custody Tuesday morning. A palm-frond cross rested on the dashboard.
Brenda Avelica, another of Avelica-Gonzalez's daughters, told KABC that her father had been living in the country for two decades.
The executive director of the school attended by Avelica-Gonzalez's eighth grade daughter has expressed solidarity with her family after she came to school in tears.
The young girl, who was in the family's vehicle with her mother, can be heard sobbing as ICE agents handcuff and place her father into an unmarked auto.
This also isn't the first time that ICE agents have donned police clothing to take somebody into custody.
Ricardo Mireles, the executive director of the Highland Park charter school Academia Avance, told press that Avelica's DUI conviction occurred almost 10 years ago. "And how do we move forward?' We want to be able to find resources to help this family go through this process". Although the officials were from ICE, their jackets said "police" on them.
According to Emi MacLean, a National Day Laborer Organizing Network attorney, Avelica-Gonzalez has two convictions - one for driving under the influence, which stretches back nearly a decade, and an older conviction for buying a vehicle he did not realize had an incorrect registration.
Is the solution for illegal immigration to tear apart functioning family units in the interest of winning political points? But under the Trump administration's new policy, released last month, anyone with a conviction or even a "chargeable offense" is a priority for deportation. "He is still here, and we are going to do everything in our power to resist these destructive actions". He remains in a detention center in outside the city. "He has been living in the U.S. for 16 years and fears going back to Mexico. He ask [s] you do not deport him".