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Nayeli Velasquez, Reporter

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Fatima’s father who is currently in ICE custody Credit to Daily Mail

On February 28th, 2017, 13 year old Fatima Avelica recorded her undocumented father being taken by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement while they were on their way to school in Highland, California. Her father, who is 48 years old, had been living in the United States for 20 years and has four  children, two of which are legal U.S. citizens. Fatima was on her way to school with her other sisters when her father was arrested for a DUI, which is almost 10 years old. Another reason that was given for the arrest was that he unknowingly purchased a vehicle with incorrect registration stickers.

Fatima and her sisters’ Credit to Daily Mail

In the video recorded by Fatima, she and her sisters can be heard crying while ICE officers are seen handcuffing their father. Brenda, Fatima’s older sister told ABC7, “It’s really hard, what we’re going through. I never thought we’d actually go through something like this. It’s terrible to feel and see your family being broken apart.” Ricardo Mireles, director of Highland Park charter school Academia Avance, where the girls attend school, brought together some of the community to try and gather resources and to support the family. “I think the impacts are going to come in terms of, ‘Hey, how do we pay the rent? And how do we move forward?’ We want to be able to find resources to help this family go through this process.” said Mireles to ABC7.

An attorney working for the family is trying to get a U-Visa for her father so he can stay in the country.

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