Courtesy of Mother Jones:
A California man just wanted to stop for gas as he drove his pregnant wife to the hospital to give birth. Instead, Joel Arrona is now in Immigrations and Customs Enforcement custody, and a newborn baby is separated from his father.
According to CBS2 News in Los Angeles, ICE officers approached Arrona and Maria del Carmen Venegas at the gas station Wednesday. Venegas, who has five children, told the news channel that the officers asked her and Arrona for identification. After Arrona told officers he had left his identification at his nearby residence, the officers placed Arrona into custody. Venegas then drove herself to the hospital to deliver the baby. She told CBS2 that her husband had never been in stopped before and didn’t have a criminal record.
“My husband needs to be here,” Venegas told CBS2. “He had to wait for his son for so long, and someone just took him away.”
In a statement, ICE said:
“Mr. Arrona-Lara, a citizen of Mexico illegally residing in the United States, was taken into custody Wednesday by ICE Fugitive Operations Team officers in San Bernardino, Calif. Mr. Arrona-Lara is currently in ICE custody pending removal proceedings with the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).
ICE continues to focus its enforcement resources on individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security. ICE conducts targeted immigration enforcement in compliance with federal law and agency policy. However, ICE will no longer exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement. 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.”
Now that statement by ICE is kind of important, and if you read it carefully you will see that it is kind of vague on why they arrested this man.
Today, however, they are claiming that Arrona-Larn is wanted in Mexico for a suspected homicide.
Important update: ICE said today that this man was arrested because of a homicide warrant for him in Mexico. ICE didn’t mention this in its comments to media yesterday. His lawyer says he denies that there are such Mexico charges; no details from ICE yet. https://t.co/AnIfv8DapM
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 19, 2018
Okay, so why did they not say that in their initial statement?
And what happens if it turns out to be untrue?
Nothing happens, Mr. Aronna-Lara still gets deported and his wife just has to raise a new baby, and her other four children on her own.
And this is America now.