ICE Detains Man Driving Pregnant Wife To Hospital To Deliver Baby

A man driving his pregnant wife to the hospital for a scheduled C-section was detained by ICE agents when he went to get gas at a nearby station in San Bernardino.

The incident was caught on surveillance video Wednesday at the gas station, which showed ICE agents surrounding the couple's minivan as they pulled into the business. The couple were asked to provide identification and when 36-year-old Joel Arrona-Lara could not provide his, agents took him into custody.

In surveillance video from inside the convenience store, Lara's wife, Maria del Carmen Venegas, is seen in tears as her husband is taken away. She said she was able to provide identification, but her husband had left his at home.


After his arrest, she had to drive herself the hospital. She gave birth to a baby boy and they remain recovering at the hospital. She is expected to be released Saturday.In addition to the newborn, the couple has four other children. She said she is worried about what could happen because her husband is the sole provider for the family.

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