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NY Daily News | Stormy lawyer Avenatti jumps in to give assist as Honduran father fights to see daughters housed at East Harlem center

Attorney Michael Avenatti, with family lawyer Ricardo de Anda (right), spoke at Cayuga Center in East Harlem, where daughters of Honduran asylum seeker Hector Tejada are being housed after being taken at border from his wife, who's being held in Texas lockup. (James Keivom/New York Daily News)

Attorney Michael Avenatti, with family lawyer Ricardo de Anda (right), spoke at Cayuga Center in East Harlem, where daughters of Honduran asylum seeker Hector Tejada are being housed after being taken at border from his wife, who's being held in Texas lockup. (James Keivom/New York Daily News)

 

“The children are so beautiful and it just breaks your heart to see them separated from their parents,” said Ricardo de Anda, a lawyer for the family who visited the siblings Wednesday.

De Anda and attorney Michael Avenatti showed up at the Park Ave. facility to see the Tejada sisters and were initially turned away.

The lawyers eventually made it inside.

Hector Tejada with daughters Cecia (left) and Serli in an undated photo. (Courtesy of Ricardo de Anda /)

Hector Tejada with daughters Cecia (left) and Serli in an undated photo. (Courtesy of Ricardo de Anda /)

 

“I could not imagine being a father and not having these girls around me,” he said. “It’s just unimaginable to me the pain that the mother and father are going through having these two beautiful creatures taken away from them.”

“My purpose was to let (Cecia and Serli) know that their mother loves (them), that their mother did not abandon them, that she was fighting for them every step of the way," de Anda explained.

“They might have her behind bars, but they have not incarcerated her spirit or her soul,” he added. “We will not rest until she is reunited with her children.”

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