ICE Detained A Man Driving Pregnant Wife To Hospital


Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested a man who was driving his pregnant wife to the hospital to give birth on Friday.

Security video from the gas station of Joel Arrona being detained (L).

"I feel awful", Venegas told the AP from the hospital after giving birth, adding that Arrona-Lara is a hard worker and the family's only provider. Agents left his wife at the gas station.

Soon, multiple SUVs swooped in on them.

The officers then asked for identification from both Arrona and his wife. She started worrying when the officers cuffed her husband.

Joel is a Mexican immigrant who moved to the United States of America 12 years ago. When the couple offered to get his ID at their home nearby, Arrona-Lara was taken into custody. "We need him now more than ever". We were only three blocks away.

"I never thought that they would take him like that, handcuff him, and that they would leave me stranded at the gas station", she told USA Today, adding that the couple have lived in the U.S. for 10 years.

Even in the midst of their questioning, Maria says she managed to remain calm.

That, however, did not happen. According to Amaya, witnesses at the gas station said ICE agents were there when Arrona-Lara's vehicle pulled up and that the agents seemed to approach the family randomly.

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Ms Venegas said she has not been able to contact her husband to tell him their new son was born and doing well. He said he was also concerned for how the arrest may have affected Venegas, who had preeclampsia, a complication of pregnancy marked by high blood pressure.

Unfortunately, Carmen Venegas had to drive herself to the hospital to deliver her child.

Now, Emilio Amaya García, Maria's lawyer, is asserting that Joel was not the person ICE was looking for and called the arrest "collateral".

"Both the mother and child's life, who is a citizen of this country, were put in danger", Amaya García told the TV station.

Haley later issued a statement in which she said Arrona "was brought to Ice's attention due to an outstanding warrant issued for his arrest in Mexico on homicide charge".

In recent times, ICE has intensified its activities against immigrants living in the USA.

"ICE conducts targeted immigration enforcement in compliance with federal law and agency policy", the statement said.

"Mr. Arrona denies any criminal history in Mexico and he is unaware of any criminal proceedings in Mexico in which he is named as a defendant", his defense team said in a statement. Incidents like these support the claims made by activists that ICE was formed not to battle the supposed problem of illegal immigration, but to uphold white supremacy. Still, the headline framing was enough to incite social media outrage against ICE and the Trump administration.