On Wednesday, Joel Arrona-Lara was driving his wife, Maria del Carmen Venegas, to a California hospital near their home for the birth of their son during a scheduled C-section. When they stopped to get gas on the way they were approached by ICE agents.
Venegas showed the agents her ID, but Arrona-Lara did not have his with him. He offered to go back to their nearby home to retrieve it. Instead, the ICE agents declined and took Arrona-Lara into custody, leaving Venegas at the gas station, hysterical. She had to drive herself to the hospital.
Venegas and her son are both healthy, though Venegas is understandably distressed. She told reporters that her husband has never been stopped by the police or had trouble with the law.
On Friday, ICE issued a report saying that Joel Arrona-Lara isn’t a U.S. citizen. Then, on Saturday, they issued another report saying that Mexico had an outstanding homicide warrant out for Arrona-Lara.
Why would the alleged arrest warrant come a day after the statement that he wasn’t a citizen? And how would they know that such a warrant existed if Arrona-Lara didn’t have his ID on him?
Twitter feels like something doesn’t add up.
Two days after arresting this father and detaining him forcing his wife to drive herself to the hospital to give birth, ICE wants you to believe he is wanted for murder in Mexico w/o any evidence of such charge! #AbolishICE
— CinciYoshi (@CinciYoshi) August 19, 2018
Based on what the wife said about the charges, he very well may have killed in self defense or been wrongfully charged, and the gov in mexico is corrupt enough to do that shit unapologetically.
— ⭐️CMDR. TΔI ⭐️ (@AlpineHell) August 19, 2018
charges are unconfirmed. Mexican consulate who said it currently has no information about ICE’s claim. Garcia added Arrona-Lara’s detention paperwork shows he is in custody for being in the country without documentation. the couple said he didn’t have ID on him, but could get it
— Katie Kofemug (@KatieKofemug) August 19, 2018
I'll curious… If he didn't have positive id, how did they know he had a murder warrant in Mexico? No positive id but zero benefit of the doubt given the circumstances? Instant arrest, really? Can ICE even access these Mexican warrants that fast for a random stop in the field?
— Grover Norquist Is An Idiot (@fastpathguru) August 19, 2018
Others are sick about the lack of humanity behind ICE’s actions.
— Valerie Ames (@Mutha_WitWisdom) August 19, 2018
— Rafael Ramirez (@comgod1) August 19, 2018
When is enough, enough?! https://t.co/Pll9HWBCof
— Ashleigh Ricciarelli (@MrsVTInternat15) August 19, 2018
— ☠FLOKI☠ (@WyldeHeartedSon) August 18, 2018
— Michael Golojuch Jr (@mgolojuch) August 18, 2018
We are in a humanitarian crisis here in US. We have become a country of no empathy for humanity or human dignity
— Brenda Hatfield Lawson (@BrendaLawson67) August 18, 2018
We hope Venegas can find answers and some peace of mind.