From our friends at NDLON:
Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez (A 095 776 645), a 48-year-old father of four USC children, has lived in the US for nearly 30 years. This morning, he was picked up by ICE just after he and his wife dropped their 13-year-old daughter off at school. Mr. Avelica-Gonzalez’s wife and 12-year-old daughter were in the car, had just left one of the school’s campuses (on Avenue 28) and were headed to the second to drop off their 12-year-old daughter when an unmarked vehicle stopped their car at Griffin Ave., only a block from where they had just dropped off their other daughter.
Romulo likely had a prior deportation order resulting from what seemed to be an encounter with an unscrupulous lawyer who represented him a few years ago. Romulo has lived in the US since 1990 and is from Mexico. The father apparently has one prior DUI from nearly a decade ago and two driving infractions.
It would be great if you could organize the faith community to raise a ruckus about this and help to stop the deportation. I think ICE will seek to act very quickly on this case:
I hope that you can help by contacting the LA Field Office at the numbers here and express clearly that they must not deport Romulo Avelica Gonzalez, A 095 776 645 as doing so would be devastating for LA-area students and their families.
David Marin, LA Field Office Director, 213 830 5931
Norma Bonales Garibay, LA Deputy Field Office Director, 213 830 7912
Romulo’s niece, Diana, is one of MALDEF’s high school aged interns, and for this reason, the case was brought to MALDEF’s attention. MALDEF brought it to NDLON’s attention, and we both have engaged with the family and the school. The school, including its Executive Director, is committed to push back, and has mobilized the school community for an assembly at 3 pm today, and has already reached out to the offices of Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Supervisor Solis, and will be reaching out to ICE.