Los Angeles man Deportation put on Hold after Arrested by ICE while Dropping Off 13-Year-Old Daughter
By: Jennie Carter, Xiro Xone News August 7, 2017 Updated: 5:23 PM
A father who was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) earlier this year while dropping his 13-year old daughter off at school earlier this year but now has been granted an emergency stay, preventing him from being deported for now.
Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, 49, was arrested in February in Los Angeles by immigration agents just after dropping one of his four daughters off at school. The arrest was captured on video by another of the girls who was in the car at the time.
Avelica, who has been in the United States for more than 25 years, faces deportation due to a conviction DUI over 10-years ago as well as another minor incident.
Lawyers for Avelica-Gonzalez filed an emergency stay of removal with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which puts a temporary hold on his immediate deportation.
Avelica’s Lawyers have also said the family has applied for a U visa for victims of violent crimes, but has been told that the application won't be considered until his emergency stay with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals expires Aug. 7.
The National Day Laborer Organizing Network released a statement saying the Board of Immigration Appeals granted Avelica an emergency stay of removal, preventing his deportation while the board reviews his case.