On Monday, March 6, members of the LACW joined with National Day Labor Organizing Network (NDLON) in a protest outside the Immigration Courts, near Pershing square, in an effort to stop the potential deportation of a man with four U.S. citizen children following his arrest near a school in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood.
Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez made national headlines after his 13-year-old daughter, Fatima Avelica, recorded video showing him being detained Tuesday morning by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents after he dropped off another daughter at the Academia Avance Charter School campus in Lincoln Heights.
Romulo dropped off his first daughter to her Highland Park school on the 28th of February. Before he could get his second daughter to school, he was pulled over by two unmarked cars and was arrested by Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE). His 13-year-old daughter, Fatima, filmed the event. Though he was scheduled for immediate deportation, the quick response of activists and lawyers won him a short-term stay of deportation.
On Wednesday, March 8, the LACW elected to forego their usual anti-military vigil outside the Federal building and chose instead to return en mass to the Immigration Courts to support Romulo and stand against the state terror of I.C.E. Catholic Workers stood on all four corners with an array of signs.
The Catholic Workers again had a presence the following Monday, March 13, to support NDLON and Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) in demanding the release of Romulo. Though the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement had little interest in their presence, the group of protesters made their presence known and promised to continue the fight for all immigrants of all documentation statuses because when undocumented lives, Black lives, women’s lives… are under attack, we will stand up and we will fight back.