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ICE releases man whose daughter recorded arrest

LOS ANGELES -- A man has been released from immigration detention in California six months after he was detained by deportation agents shortly after dropping off his daughter at school. 

The Los Angeles Times reports that Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez was freed after a judge at an Adelanto detention center granted him $6,000 bond late Wednesday. 

The 49-year-old father of four rocketed to instant celebrity after his daughter Fatima captured cell phone video in February as her dad was taken into custody by immigration agents while on his way to drop her off at school, CBS Los Angeles reports.

Immigrant advocates have been lobbying for Avelica-Gonzalez's release.

His arrest came as the Trump administration started increasing immigration enforcement.

The Mexican father of four has lived in this country more than two decades and lacks legal status. 

"I'm very happy, thanks for your support," he said in Spanish to the crowd outside courthouse.   

Gonzalez is originally from Nayarit, Mexico, and has been living in the United States since the 1990s, according to CBS Los Angeles. His four children are U.S. citizens.

His attorney admits Gonzalez came to this country illegally, and had past convictions for DUI and misdemeanor theft. But he says Gonzalez doesn't pose an immediate threat, and that's why he pushed for him to be released on bond.

"Made no sense. It was an example of the aggressive tactics taken by the DHS and Trump administration," Alan Diamante said.

This month, an immigration appeals court tossed an old deportation order, sending his case back to immigration court. Immigration authorities declined to comment on the case.