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

US officials say Joel Arrona Lara was detained due to an outstanding arrest warrant in a homicide case in Mexico

ICE agents apprehended Joel Arrona-Lara last Wednesday at a gas station in San Bernardino, California, while on his way to the hospital.

"I never imagined they were from ICE", Venegas said, adding that the officers didn't identify themselves as ICE and that she was unaware of their presence before they came knocking.

As of Friday, Venegas and the newborn ― her fifth child ― were still at the hospital without Arrona-Lara.

Venegas, who can be seen sobbing in gas station surveillance footage, confirmed that her husband, who is from Mexico, has been living in the USA illegally for 12 years, according to AP.

She then drove the rest of the way herself, giving birth to the couple's son by Caesarian section alone.

She says she's working to hire an attorney.

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


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

Gas station surveillance footage showed agents in two black SUVs pull up to the gas station and quickly apprehend Arrona-Lara.

One of the only media outlets to report that Arrona-Lara was a murder suspect in the title and in the report was NBC News, which reported that ICE specifically noted that Arrona-Lara was arrested because of an "outstanding warrant issued for his arrest in Mexico on homicide charges". Agents searched the vehicle for weapons, took Arrona-Lara into custody and left the pregnant woman alone at the gas station. "ICE continues to focus its enforcement resources on individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security", that statement read. They do not have legal authorisation to live in the United States, and all five of their children are U.S. citizens, she said.

Arrona-Lara remains in detention at the Theo Lacy Facility in Orange County, Amaya said. "ICE conducts targeted immigration enforcement in compliance with federal law and agency policy", Haley said.

"All of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States", the statement said. The lawyer also accused ICE of endangering the lives of the mother and the child.

Stories have been circulating all weekend of the heartless officers at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after reports broke that a father was detained while his wife was in labor.

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