Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez was dropping Fatima Avelica off at school when ICE officers wearing police jackets stopped his vehicle and took him into custody.
A sobbing schoolgirl has recorded video footage of her undocumented father - who had lived in United States for 20 years - being handcuffed and led away by agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
"I never thought we'd actually go through something like this", another daughter, Brenda Avelica, toldKABC. It was a "small victory", MacLean told the New York Daily News.
Fatima Avelica, 13, was being dropped off at school in Highland Park, near Los Angeles, with her sisters when the ICE agents swooped on her father Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, 48. ICE arrests have been rising since Mr. Trump took office, with so-called Dreamers and others with clean criminal records caught in the net. "It would impact us horribly".
Although it was not immediately clear whether Avelica-Gonzalez had any criminal record, the executive director of Fatima Avelica's school said the girl's father had a DUI conviction that was almost a decade old. "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".
Ricardo Mirales, the executive director of the girl's school said the school community would try to help.
ICE spokesperson Virginia Kice confirmed to ABC News that officers with one of the agency's Los Angeles-based fugitive operations teams took Avelica-Gonzalez into custody during a vehicle stop Tuesday morning.
"Everybody on November 9th was afraid", Mireles added".
Mr Avelica-Gonzalez (pictured, left) has a Driving Under Intoxication conviction from a decade ago.
Avelica-Gonzalez is now being detained at a detention facility outside of Los Angeles and awaits his fate. "We want all Americans to succeed - but that can't happen in an environment of lawless chaos", Trump said, as justification for the crackdown on unauthorized immigrants. "He ask [s] you do not deport him".
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