Daughter of deportation victim calls on Donald Trump to 'open his heart'

Greg Milam, US Correspondent

A 13-year-old girl who has become the poster child for victims of deportation sweeps during Donald Trump's first 100 days in office has called on the president to "open his heart".

Fatima Avelica filmed from the backseat of the family car as her father Romulo was arrested by immigration officials outside of her school in Los Angeles.

Fatima's distress drew worldwide attention to the efforts by the Trump administration to round up some of the 11 million undocumented migrants in the US.

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Romulo, who has lived in the US for 26 years, was detained over a deportation order relating to a drink-driving offence from 2009.

His four daughters are all US citizens.

As he awaits deportation, his family have travelled the country to campaign for his release and highlight what they say is unfair treatment by the Trump administration.

"I felt really sad and scared because I don't know how to be without my dad," Fatima told Sky News.

"He's always there to help me in any struggles that I had.

"I think he (Trump) is doing something really unfair.

"I just feel like he has to open his heart and see that he's making people suffer.

"We are all humans and we all deserve the same rights."

Trump's immigration policy has created unease in immigrant communities across the country and the administrator of Fatima's school says it is having a direct impact on children.

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St Claire Adriaan said: "I have children who come to me during the day and ask to call home to see if a parent came home.

"I have parents calling to find out if the kid made it to school.

"No kid, documented, undocumented, rich, poor, black, white, brown, should be exposed to such form of trauma because that's something that can and will affect that kid for the rest of his or her life.

"It is amazing that I have seen this 13-year-old girl that's been with me since the beginning of the year now become the face of the injustice of what deportation does to families."

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