US detains undocumented Mexican immigrant

Washington, March 4 (IANS) The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have detained an undocumented Mexican immigrant who was in the country for two decades, a media report said on Saturday.

Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, 48, was picked up by the ICE on Tuesday while he was dropping his daughters off at a school in Los Angeles, Time magazine reported.

Los Angeles TV station KABC reported that Gonzalez’s daughter, Fatima Avelica, used her phone to record the agents taking him into custody.

Avelica-Gonzalez is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico and has lived in the US for over 25 years, according to CNN.

“I never thought we’d actually go through something like this,” another daughter, Brenda Avelica, told KABC. “It’s terrible to feel and see your family being broken apart.”

A statement from ICE said Avelica-Gonzalez received a driving under the influence (DUI) notice in 2009, and had an outstanding order of removal that was over two years old.

An incident involving an incorrect car registration from 20 years ago contributed to agents putting Avelica-Gonzalez into custody, KABC said in its reports.

This has come amidst Mexico’s consulate in Miami inaugurating a new section to enhance protections for Mexicans in the US as they face new challenges posed by the policies of President Donald Trump.

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