Crime & Justice

100 protest over immigrant arrested after dropping off child

About 100 people gathered outside a federal immigration court in Los Angeles to protest the arrest of an immigrant who has been ordered deported was arrested after dropping his daughter off at school.

Protesters at Monday's demonstration demanded Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials release Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez.

The protesters held signs that read: "Free Romulo" and "No ban, no wall."

Avelica-Gonzalez was arrested by ICE agents on Feb. 28. Another daughter captured it on video. Advocates say it has traumatized the young girl and other family members.

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An ICE spokeswoman said the 48-year-old had multiple criminal convictions, including one for drunken driving. She said a judge signed a final order to remove Avelica-Gonzalez from the U.S.

Avelica-Gonzalez's attorney, Peter Grayshock, says a defense will be hard because a judge already signed a final deportation order. But he says the family will keep fighting.