City, County and State Lawmakers Demand Information After Jarring SoCal Immigration Arrest
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis are reportedly working with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to block the deportation of an undocumented immigrant who was arrested by ICE agents while dropping his young daughter off at school.
The arrest, which occurred in L.A. County’s Highland Park area and was captured on video, has sent shockwaves through Southern California’s immigrant communities. The man’s daughter can be heard crying hysterically as her dad is hauled away.
ICE says it was a routine action, as an order for the man’s deportation was issued in 2014. He has a drunk driving charge from 10 years ago and has been living in the country for the past 20 years. It’s not clear whether the DUI conviction was the reason for the arrest, but that’s what his attorney suspects.
Immigrant activists expressed horror that the arrest was reportedly made just blocks from the child’s school. Mayor Eric Garcetti is demanding more details.
"We want more answers," Garcetti said. "And we need to make sure that this is not the beginning of a dangerous and dark time here, where people are afraid to go to school, people are afraid to drop their kids off, people afraid to go to work. That would be troubling for our economy and the safety of our streets."
Additionally, state lawmakers have demanded to see all records pertaining to immigration enforcement operations in the state since Trump’s inauguration under the Freedom of Information Act.
The man at the center of the Highland Park arrest has been granted a temporary stay and is currently detained at a facility in Adelanto.