Avelica-Gonzalez, who has three other children besides the daughter he was driving that day, has two criminal convictions on his record from years ago, MacLean told the Daily News.
Officials first told Avelica-Gonzalez's family that he was going to be deported that same day, but then the National Day Laborer Organizing Network stepped in and pushed for a stay on the order, which was granted.
The dad, 48, was driving daughter Fatima Avelica to another school in the northeast Los Angeles neighborhood of Highland Park when ICE stopped them.Left behind in the vehicle with her mother, Fatima wept inconsolably as she captured video of her father's detention.
As she was crying, Avelica-Gonzalez's 13-year-old daughter filmed the incident from their family auto, which was then uploaded to YouTube.
"I cried", daughter Brenda Avelica said.
"Basically what ICE has told officials is that this man has prior convictions, as a way of essentially throwing him under the bus", MacLean told LAist.
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. Immediately after he pulled over, immigration officials wearing police jackets took him out of the auto and arrested him. ICE arrests have been rising since Mr. Trump took office, with so-called Dreamers and others with clean criminal records caught in the net.
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.
Ricardo Mireles, executive director of Academia Avance charter school, gathered about two dozen people outside the Hollenbeck community police station in Los Angeles on Thursday to show support for the family.
" If widespread immigration violence exists in our nation, it is committed by the hands of ICE who commit violence by taking away fathers, mothers, never to be seen again", Lopez said.
"Everybody on November 9 was afraid", Mireles told LAist". The petition calls for ICE to put a hold on the deportation of Avelica-Gonzalez.
"He has lived in the USA for over 25 years", MacLean said. If you speak now you will not know what happened to him.