Avelica, a father of four, had lived in the United States for more than 25 years, according to a statement from Emi Mac Lean, an attorney for National Day Laborer Organizing Network. “I’ve always said we all do things that we learn from …
The statement said Avelica was picked up one block from his daughter’s school. He is our father, a hard worker, an honest man.” The ICE statement Friday said Avelica was still in custody. Immigration rights activists have criticized Trump’s policy of targeting most of the unauthorized immigrants as opposed to the Obama administration’s focus on violent offenders.
He said he could not comment on whether the girls knew they had been taken, or whether they knew their father was still alive, citing the ongoing investigation.
As for the mother, Philbin said she had been successful in getting away with her crime for 31 years.
Neighbors Jesse and Fran Vaughan, who live in the same condominium development as Elaine Yates in affluent West Houston, said Tuesday that Yates seemed like a nice person."It is a shocker," Fran Vaughan said of the charges.
Fatima’s video and plaintive cry offer one of the first up-close looks at the human toll of those policies.
Yates told The Providence Journal in a 1988 magazine story that his wife had discovered he had been unfaithful to her and had threatened to move out in the middle of the night with the children. Investigators reviewed the case and spoke with Russell Yates at least once a year, Philbin said.
He also acknowledged punching her while they argued. But it wasn't until they received the anonymous tip that they cracked the case.
Authorities said they used court databases, Facebook and driver's license photos to identify the mother and daughters.
He said they compared their photos with baby photos to help identify them.