One of his daughters, 13-year-old Fatima Avelica, used her cellphone to capture the mo.
A video captured 13-year-old Fatima Avelica's wailing, as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents took away her dad on Tuesday in Los Angeles. A palm-frond cross rested on the dashboard.
The footage, which was obtained by an ABC station in Los Angeles, has been shared on on social media hundreds of times, and ABC News reports that another one of the man's daughters, Brenda Avelica, said her father has been in the USA for two decades and has four children, two of whom are adults. Romulo was taken to a nearby detention center, according to the New York Daily News, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials reportedly informed his family members that he was set to be deported the very same evening.
The Mexican father of four was on his way to drop off Fatima, who was born in the US, to school when the agents arrested him on a 2014 outstanding order of removal prompted by a 2009 driving under the influence conviction.
"I never thought we'd actually go through something like this", another daughter, Brenda Avelica, told KABC.
Avelica-Gonzalez, the father of four USA citizens, was detained over a DUI conviction almost 10 years ago and a two decade-old incident involving an incorrect registration sticker, according to a local ABC affiliate. "When they arrested my dad he asked what he had done wrong and they told him to be quiet and handcuffed him. And how do we move forward?"
Mireles told KABC, "I think the impacts are going to come in terms of, 'Hey, how do we pay rent? These actions on the part of ICE are egregious displays of power and demonstrate the willingness of this administration to tear apart families and degrade public safety to display power and strike fear in the hearts of the immigrant community".
Mr Avelica-Gonzalez is reportedly being deported to Mexico because of a DUI conviction, which dates from nearly 10 years ago.
"He's been there since Tuesday but (ICE) would like to deport him as soon as possible", MacLean said.
Avelica-Gonzalez's situation is representative of bigger issues connected to President Donald Trump's harsh crackdown on undocumented immigrants.
An attorney for the family is trying to acquire a visa that would allow Avelica to stay in the country.