ICE detains California man driving pregnant wife to hospital for delivery

Lester Mason
August 20, 2018

Arrona remains in custody pending removal proceedings.

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

Arrona, who is from Mexico, has lived in the U.S. for 12 years without legal authorisation, Ms Venegas said, but added that he's a hard worker, the sole provider of the family and has never been in trouble with the police.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents leave the Yamato Engine Specialist plant in Bellingham, Washington, after raiding the plant for illegal immigrants, February 24, 2009. In the charging documents he is charged with being in the country without documents. ICE claims the arrest was a matter of national security, and that Arrona-Lara had an outstanding warrant for murder in Mexico. "He is not in extradition proceedings".

A California woman says her husband was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents while he drove her to the hospital to deliver their baby this week.

"I [asked] them why they separated good people like that", Venegas said.


"She said to help her tell the judge that [Arrona-Lara] is a good man ... that he needs to be back here with his family because his family needs him", said a young boy.

Arrona was detained by ICE agents Wednesday, the same day Venegas gave birth to a baby boy in a planned C-section.

She said that because her husband was taken away by ICE at a gas station where the couple stopped on the way to the hospital, she was forced to drive herself there, where she gave birth to a boy - the couple's fifth child, all born in the U.S. The ICE officers arrested Joel, put him in their vehicles and sped away, leaving his wife alone in a gas station on her due date.

In addition to the newborn, the couple has four children between the ages of 2 and 13 years old.

Arrona-Lara's legal representative, Emilio Amaya García, told The Post he believed his client was not suspected of crimes within the United States, and denies criminal charges in Mexico. However, ICE will no longer exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement.

Washington Post reported that the number of arrests by ICE has surged to such a degree that the agency will now have to shift 1,600 detainees to federal prisons to address the problem of overflowing detention centers. "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".

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