ICE Detained A Man Driving Pregnant Wife To Hospital

Customs Enforcement agents leave the Yamato Engine Specialist plant in Bellingham Washington after raiding the plant for illegal immigrants Feb. 24 2009

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Activists were infuriated by the arrest of Arrona-Lara, especially in light of the fact that Venegas had to drive herself to the hospital.

"I feel awful", Venegas said in a telephone interview from the hospital as her newborn son Damian cried in the background.

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

ICE confirmed in a statement Saturday that agents detained Arrona on Thursday and said he remained in custody pending removal proceedings.

Venegas was devastated that her husband was arrested.

Joel Arrona was heading to a San Bernardino, California, hospital with his pregnant wife for a planned cesarean section when Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers detained him, forcing his pregnant wife to complete the journey and deliver the baby without him.

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The couple was approached by ICE agents asking to see identification when they stopped at a San Bernardino gas station on their way to the hospital Wednesday, Venegas told CBS. But on Saturday, ICE told CBS Los Angeles Arrona-Lara was picked up because he is wanted by law enforcement authorities in Mexico on an outstanding homicide warrant.

Though the team prioritises arresting immigrants who are transnational gang members, child sex offenders and those who've had previous convictions for violent crimes, the agency's statement said it "will no longer exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement". The agents searched the auto and led Arrona-Lara away in handcuffs, leaving his wife frantic. "Why they did not arrest people who are bad and do bad things, let us go, but they told me that they were only doing their job". Her husband came to the United States 12 years ago, and she followed him two years later. "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".

That has changed since President Trump took office. Some cases have attracted national attention.

Arrona, however, had left home "in a hurry", according to his attorney, Emilio Amaya GarcĂ­a, so he was unable to present ID.

Those crucial details, of course, didn't stop those on the Left from immediately seizing upon the situation to cast ICE as monsters - and to call for its abolishment. The lawyer also accused ICE of endangering the lives of the mother and the child. "It reflects the ignorance and lack of common sense behind the "zero tolerance" policy, that does not consider humane reasoning".

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