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ICE Detained a Man Taking His Pregnant Wife to the Hospital

19 August 2018

"And I said, 'No, how is that possible?' I said we are hard workers", Carmen Venegas told Univision in an interview after the birth of her child.

His detention took place Wednesday, when Arrona was driving to the 10 a.m. appointment and made a decision to stop for gas. "They didn't accept that, and asked Joel to get out of the vehicle", Venegas told Telemundo.

Joel Arrona-Lara, 36, was taken into custody in San Bernardino after stopping for gas with his wife and being questioned by two agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The officers then asked for identification from both Arrona and his wife.

She was able to provide hers but says Arrona had left his at home in their rush to the hospital.

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Emilio Amaya Garcia, director of the San Bernardino Community Service Center, said his nonprofit group is providing legal help to Venegas and Arrona, will file a motion on Monday for an immigration court to set a bail hearing for Arrona and will ask that his removal proceedings be cancelled.

A USA woman says that she had to drive herself to the hospital and give birth without her husband after he was detained by immigration agents. Her husband is the sole provider of the family. That's when she realized it was ICE, she said.

Security video from the gas station of Joel Arrona being detained (L). When he did, Venegas said they took him into custody. Then she chose to leave, and pick up and drop off her children with someone, before heading to the hospital around 5 p.m. They do not have legal authorisation to live in the United States, and all five of their children are USA citizens, she said. We were only three blocks away. In a second statement released later on Saturday, the agency said that he is wanted for murder in Mexico. The whole ordeal for her has been a nightmare, she said.

According to a statement from ICE, the agency's Fugitive Operations Team detained Arrona-Lara and he is in custody with pending removal proceedings.

The agency said it "will no longer exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement".

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The statement also adds that, "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".

Saturday was the first day Venegas spoke with her husband since his detention.

Venegas said her husband did not have a criminal record, and that she did not realize the agents who arrested him were from ICE until they gave her a phone number to call to track her husband's case. They knew each other as kids and got married in Mexico.

Venegas says Arrona has been living in the USA for 12 years without legal authorization.

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ICE Detained a Man Taking His Pregnant Wife to the Hospital