Published: Sun, March 11, 2018

Video of woman dragged away from daughters in immigration arrest sparks outrage

Video of woman dragged away from daughters in immigration arrest sparks outrage

Her daughters are now staying with their aunt and uncle.

Morales-Luna, 36, is a single mother who came to the US from Mexico when she was 15 years old, Moreno said.

Morales-Luna denies being part of a smuggling organization and "has no idea what they're talking about", Moreno said.

The video shows the mother being pushed into a van by customs agents.

As officers tried to take her into custody last weekend, Morales-Luna "physically resisted while trying to abscond into a nearby vehicle", according to the statement.

Perla Morales-Luna, 36, came to the US illegally at the age of 15, CBS News correspondent Jamie Yuccas reports. "If there weren't uniformed agents, it would resemble a kidnapping".


A lawyer for a woman arrested on immigration violations in the San Diego area says he's shocked by video of Border Patrol agents tearing his client away from her crying children.

CBP officials did not respond to criticism of the way Morales-Luna was detained and did not clarify what type of smuggling she is suspected of.

She is now in Border Patrol custody awaiting transfer to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for removal proceedings, according to her attorney.

The video footage provided a window into the way these arrests play out amid immigrant families, Rios said. "It makes you wonder why they did it that way, endangering the safety of her children, the woman, and the public that was standing around watching", Leopold said.

The video, which has been viewed 9.8 million times on Facebook, was shared by Judith Castro, who teaches one of the girls. "It breaks my heart to know that this is the mother of one of my students", Castro-Rangel said. "No more separation from families!" Immigration and Customs Enforcement has said 65 percent of arrests from October to December were criminals, compared to 82 percent during the final full three months of the Obama administration.

"Due to her unwillingness to self-surrender and the fact that she was an illegal alien present in the United States, she was deemed a flight risk, and a targeted enforcement operation was approved for her arrest", the document alleges.

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