Cedillo Applauds Vacated Charges for Romulo Avelica

Cedillo Applauds Vacated Charges for Romulo Avelica

June 21, 2017

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Cedillo Applauds Vacated Charges for Romulo Avelica

Los Angeles—Councilmember Cedillo applauds the City Attorney’s concurrence with the presiding judge in Romulo Avelica Gonzalez’s case, that a waiver form was not properly filled out as is required by state law, vacating his conviction of receipt of stolen property.

On February 28, 2017, Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez was detained by ICE while dropping off his daughter at Academia Avance in Highland Park. The arrest was captured on video by Romulo’s 13-year-old daughter, Fatima Avelica, who cried hysterically in the car with her mother as she watched the situation unfold before her eyes.

Romulo Avelica was arrested on the grounds of a receipt of stolen property conviction in 1998, and a DUI conviction in 2008. The DUI case was vacated by the judge last month.

“I’d like to thank City Attorney Mike Feuer for ensuring that Romulo Avelica Gonzalez’s case was treated with fairness and all evidence considered in our pursuit of justice for this Angelino. We said we were going to have a talk with the City Attorney and we did. Romulo represents a movement for family unity and reunification, a cornerstone of our City’s values and immigration advocacy foundation. We denounce ICE in our neighborhoods as well as the tearing apart of our families and communities. The ramifications of this arrest will endure long after this case is closed. Our people are living in fear of ICE every day,” stated Councilmember Gil Cedillo.

Romulo, like many undocumented Californians, was ineligible to obtain a California driver’s license or register a vehicle prior to the passage of AB60. Since then, 894,000 undocumented motorists have successfully applied for and attained an AB60 driver’s license, making our streets safer, and helping individuals drive without fear.

Councilmember Gil Cedillo currently represents the 1st Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Solano Canyon, Sycamore Grove, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Temple Beaudry, Lafayette Park, Chinatown, Forgotten Edge, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Pico Union, Adams-Normandie, University Park, Mid Cities and Mac Arthur Park.

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