ICE takes Arleta man granted legal status during Reagan era

- The family of an Arleta man who was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on Sunday is asking for help.

62-year-old Jose Luis Garcia was outside his home on Sunday when his family says he was detained by ICE agents.

His family says he works three jobs as an Uber driver, personal trainer and a machine operator.

His daughter spoke with us and says ICE agents told her they were detaining her father on an administrative warrant.

Garcia was granted legal status during the Ronald Reagan administration under the Immigration Reform and Control Act, his family said.

In 2001, he was involved in a domestic violence dispute to which he pleaded no contest.

In the U.S., if you are not a U.S. citizen, you can be deported even for a misdemeanor. 

The Department of Homeland Security issued this statement to FOX 11:

Mr. Garcia, a citizen of Mexico, was arrested Sunday by deportation officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Databases reveal that Mr. Garcia has past criminal convictions that make him amenable to removal from the United States. Mr. Garcia is currently in ICE custody pending removal proceedings, where an immigration judge with the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) will determine whether or not he has a lawful basis to remain in the United States.

ICE conducts targeted immigration enforcement in compliance with federal law and agency policy. However, as ICE leadership has made clear, ICE does not exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement. All of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States.

Watch the interviews in the video player at the top of the page to hear more from Garcia's family.

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