Single father of 3 detained during ICE check-in

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Garcia's daughters can't believe he was detained. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Garcia's daughters can't believe he was detained. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Garcia's family says he hasn't committed any crimes and they do not know why he was detained or what's going to happen next.  (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Garcia's family says he hasn't committed any crimes and they do not know why he was detained or what's going to happen next. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Immigration activists are raising concerns over an Immigration and Customs Enforcement check-in that turned into an ICE detention.

Juan Carlos Garcia went to the ICE Field Office in downtown Phoenix on Thursday morning as required by his work permit and then was not allowed to leave.

Two of his three children-- all U.S. citizens-- say their father has been in the U.S. for nearly two decades and that he has a work permit.

They say he hasn't committed any crimes and they do not know why he was detained or what's going to happen next. They did point to the Trump administration's crackdown on illegal immigrants as the reason for the detention.

We did reach out to ICE to find out why Garcia was detained but we're told they wouldn't be able to provide any information until Thursday.

Meanwhile, his family is devastated. Garcia is a single father with two kids still at home.

"He's a good person and I wasn't able to tell him by and that's what's hurting the most. I wasn't able to see him," Yennifer Sanchez, Garcia's daughter, said. "We weren't expecting this so now we just, we have to do what we have to do, which is I gotta work for my siblings."

This case comes just a few weeks after a woman, also a parent of U.S. citizens, was deported by ICE.

Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos was convicted felon and when she came in for her regular check-in, she was detained and deported within 24 hours.

[READ MORE: Phoenix mom deported; police release names of 7 arrested while protesting her deportation]

It's not clear if Garcia will be deported. We do know that there's an attorney reviewing his case.

As for why he was on ICE's radar to begin with, that's still an unanswered question.

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