Saturday, March 4, 2017

What Does an ICE Arrest Look Like?

Hundreds of thousands of people have now seen the video of Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez being detained by ICE agents as his 13-year-old daughter cries. Trump claims he’s just deporting “bad hombres,” but this is the reality—children traumatized by the threat of being separated from their parents. Interestingly, the rightwing trolls have been gloating on social media over what the Huffington Post describes as a “harrowing video.” The anti-immigrants may think they’re helping their cause; what they’re actually doing is exposing themselves as sadistic racists.—TPOI editor
ICE agents detain a father of four as his family watches
Harrowing Video Captures Teen Sobbing as ICE Arrests Her Dad on the Way to School
The father of four U.S. citizens was detained over a nearly decade-old DUI

By Carolina Moreno, Huffington Post
March 3, 2017
Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez was dropping off his daughters at school in Los Angeles on Tuesday when he was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. His 13-year-old daughter, Fatima, sobbed as she recorded her father being handcuffed in front of her and her mother.

Avelica-Gonzalez, 48, who has been living in the United States for over 20 years, had just finished dropping off his 12-year-old daughter in the Highland Park neighborhood when he was detained. His 19-year-old daughter, Jocelyn, who was at work during the incident, told the LAist that a car had been following her father since the moment he left the house. […]

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This Is What Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Is Doing to School Kids
Children struggle to understand why the president wants to take away their parents

By Roque Planas and Jessica Carro, Huffington Post
February 27, 2017
AUSTIN, Texas ― After an immigration sweep this month led to dozens of arrests here, a group of elementary school students looked to their teacher for an explanation. The teacher, who is forbidden from taking political stances in the classroom, asked them to write or draw what they were feeling.

The children all drew and wrote about President Donald Trump or his first major deportation operation.[…]

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