Published: Mon, August 20, 2018

ICE: Man Detained Driving Pregnant Wife To Hospital Was Wanted For Murder

ICE: Man Detained Driving Pregnant Wife To Hospital Was Wanted For Murder

According to The Washington Post, Haley didn't say whether the arresting ICE agents considered delaying Arrona's arrest until after the birth or if they could have escorted Venegas to the hospital, given her condition.

Maria del Carmen Venegas said she had to drive herself to the hospital for a scheduled Caesarean section after her husband, Joel Arrona Lara, was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, the Associated Press reports. Ice agents questioned the couple and asked for identification, Venegas said.

Venegas said she went to the hospital by herself to give birth.

Venegas said she and her husband came to the USA 12 years ago from the city of Leon in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato.

Venegas said her husband did not have a criminal record, and that she did not realize the agents who arrested him were from ICE until they gave her a phone number to call to track her husband's case.

"[I asked], 'Why are you taking my husband?' and they said somebody had reported us".


According to a statement from ICE, the agency's Fugitive Operations Team detained Arrona-Lara and he is in custody with pending removal proceedings.

"I told him we had copies at home, and that they could come with us".

"The last thing he knew was that I was here in the hospital", she said. He is wanted in Mexico under a warrant issued for homicide charges, ICE spokeswoman Lori Haley said, which brought the attention of agents.

"ICE continues to focus its enforcement resources on individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security", the ICE statement said. Agents searched the vehicle for weapons, took Arrona-Lara into custody and left the pregnant woman alone at the gas station.

Emilio Amaya García, director of the Community Services Center of San Bernardino who is representing Arrona-Lara, told Univision that the incident illustrates the Trump administration's "lack of sensitivity" in enforcing its zero tolerance policy on immigration. The agency "will no longer exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement", the statement said.

When they asked the same of Arrona-Lara, he said he did not have any, but could return to his house to provide it. "All those who violate immigration laws would be subject to an immigration arrest and, if a final order determines their removal, be deported from the United States". The lawyer also accused ICE of endangering the lives of the mother and the child.

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