Border Patrol agents rips a mother away from her three daughters. Heartbreaking footage
The Border Patrol agents arrested a mother in a violent manner.
As reported by Daily Mail, Perla Morales-Luna, 36, went to pay her rent on March 3, 2018, but the officers arrested her on the street near her National City, California, home, in front of her three daughters.
In the cellphone footage, two men in plain clothing and a uniformed Border Patrol agent are seen grabbing the mother-of-three from her daughter's arms into a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) police vehicle.
Morales-Luna's children were hysterical by this point as the three men bundled their mother into the vehicle. One of the daughters can be heard screaming: "Mom!"
"Get in the car!" the agent shouted at the distraught mother, who is in the country illegally.
Her three daughters, one of whom is believed to be a minor, were screaming and sobbing as they watched their mother being driven away. The family doesn't appear to have gotten even a moment to say goodbye.
"Where is she going?" one of the daughters can be heard asking after the vehicle disappeared.
CBP officials posted a tweet, explaining that Morales-Luna was arrested as a part of a targeted operation.
They also stated that they had identified her as an 'organizer for a transnational criminal smuggling organization operating in East County, San Diego.'
But when the Daily Mail contacted the CBP to ask if Morales-Luna had been charged with a crime related to smuggling, they did not comment and only told the publication that she "was in the US illegally which is also a crime."
CBP also did not make any further comments when the Daily Mail asked if Morales-Luna would get a chance to face the allegations that they had publicly made against her.
In the statement released by CBP, Morales-Luna is currently in Border Patrol custody awaiting transfer to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for removal proceedings.
CBP Agent Michael J. Scappechio told NBC 7 that Morales-Luna has previously been arrested but would not give the reason for the arrest.
Director of the American Friends Service Committee in San Diego, Pedro Rios, told The Washington Post that the video highlighted the 'violent' ways that the immigration authorities take people into custody.
"The mother is essentially stripped from the arms of her children. If there weren't uniformed agents, it would resemble a kidnapping," Rios said.
The three daughters are now in the custody of their uncle after their mother was arrested.
Rios said that the sudden arrest was traumatizing and that it "probably happens on a much more regular basis than we know about."