Pregnant woman forced to drive to the hospital after Immigration officers arrest her husband

Rodolfo Vieira
Aug 19, 2018
11:04 A.M.

Maria Del Carmen Venegas, from California, claims that her husband, Joel Arrona-Lara, was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement while he was driving her to the hospital to give birth.


The incident took place last Wednesday, on August 15, 2018. Husband and wife stopped for gas when they were approached by the federal agency who quickly arrested the man.

Accord to CBS Los Angeles, Venegas was left by herself and forced to drive herself to the hospital to deliver the baby.

The now mother-of-one says that two ICE agents walked up to them and asked them for identification. Venegas showed them hers but her husband didn't have any.

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During an interview with the news outlet, and holding her baby boy, Venegas said that her husband should have been there since he waited for so long to see the child come into the world.

Since then, the ICE has revealed that Arrona-Lara is a Mexican citizen and that he has been living in the U.S. illegally. Plus, he is allegedly wanted by Mexican law enforcement authorities for outstanding homicide.


Emilio Garcia, an attorney for the San Bernardino Community Service Center, who is representing Arrona-Lara, stated that those charges are yet to be confirmed.

Garcia shared that the official detention paperwork only mentioned that his client was in custody for being in the country without proper documentation.

The ICE continued its statement by adding that their focus was on 'individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security,' and that the agency acts 'in compliance with federal law and agency policy.'

Back in 2016, a 41-year-old South Korean man named Adam Crapser was deported after being adopted by Americans, having lived in the U.S. since he was three.

His adoptive parents never sought U.S. citizenship for him, which ended up causing him to be separated from his wife, Anh, and their two children, who stayed in America.

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