The media freaked out on Saturday after ICE arrested a man in southern California while taking his pregnant wife to the hospital, only for the agency to later announce he is wanted for murder in Mexico.
Joel Arrona Lara, 36, was detained at a gas station in San Bernardino, California, while he and his wife were on their way to the hospital for her cesarean section. He reportedly had been living in the U.S. illegally for 12 years. (RELATED: Illegal Immigrant Arrested While Driving Wife To Hospital Is Wanted For Murder In Mexico)
Footage from the gas station shows two ICE agents approaching Lara’s vehicle. The two agents then walked him to their squad car in handcuffs.
“Mr. Arrona-Lara was brought to ICE’s attention due to an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Mexico on homicide charges,” ICE spokeswoman Lori Haley told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
A GoFundMe page was set up for the family, and it has surpassed its goal with over $6,000 raised thus far.
As news spread of Lara’s arrest, many expressed their dismay at ICE’s supposed cruelty. The attacks on ICE began before people knew why the immigration agency had taken him into custody.
The arrest also fueled the calls for ICE to be abolished — a movement that has gained significant traction over the last several of months.
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