An immigration appeals courtroom Monday granted a final-ditch reprieve to a person whose arrest and looming deportation have made him a trigger célèbre within the nation’s roiling debate over unlawful immigration.
Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, forty nine, was arrested in February in Los Angeles by immigration officers moments after he dropped certainly one of his 4 daughters off at college. One other of the women who was within the automotive on the time recorded a video of the arrest.
The video, and Avelica-Gonzalez’s story of working and elevating a household throughout greater than 20 years in america, drew nationwide headlines and was held aloft by critics of President Trump’s aggressive stance on unlawful immigration for instance of how the federal government’s deportation insurance policies have been too sweeping.
Confronted with the potential for being instantly deported as a consequence of earlier immigration proceedings, legal professionals for Avelica-Gonzalez filed an emergency keep of removing with the U.S. ninth Circuit Courtroom of Appeals, which put a short lived maintain on his quick deportation.
The courtroom reviewed the case and declined to make the keep everlasting, placing Avelica-Gonzalez liable to being deported to Mexico as early as Monday.
However the Board of Immigration Appeals, the very best administrative physique within the nation’s immigration courtroom system, stepped in, granting a request from Avelica-Gonzalez’s lawyer for an additional emergency keep of removing. The choice prevents his deportation whereas the board critiques Avelica-Gonzalez’s case.
Avelica-Gonzalez has been in america illegally for greater than 25 years, elevating his daughters together with his spouse within the northeast Los Angeles neighborhood of Lincoln Heights, the place he additionally labored as a prepare dinner at a restaurant.
In June, Avelica-Gonzalez made plea offers to resolve two misdemeanor felony instances — for driving beneath the affect in 2008 and for receiving stolen automotive tags in 1998 — that had led to a deportation order being issued towards him. His legal professionals hoped that with the modifications, Immigration and Customs Enforcement would grant his launch and cancel his deportation order. That didn’t happen.
Avelica-Gonzalez’s detention has drawn response from native officers. In a March 15 letter to the Los Angeles area workplace director for ICE, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti stated: “I’ve persistently expressed my opposition to an enforcement strategy that expends restricted assets on operations that divide households with little or no public security profit.”