Maria del Carmen Venegas had to drive herself to the hospital for the delivery of her baby after her husband was detained at a gas station by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.
According to ABC News, Carmen Venegas’ husband was detained in San Bernardino, California, for not having identification on him.
“[I asked] why are you taking my husband, and they said, somebody had reported us. And I said, ‘No, how is that possible?’ I said we are hard workers,” Carmen Venegas told Univision after she gave birth.
“It is very hard because he was always there,” Carmen Vegas said. “And he would say everything will be OK and not to worry, that we will meet the baby. And for me to be alone it feels brutal.”
Now with the new baby, the couple has five children. The father, according to his lawyer, has no criminal record and no arrest warrant.
ICE issued a statement in response to the arrest.
“Mr. Arrona-Lara, a citizen of Mexico illegally residing in the United States, was taken into custody Wednesday by ICE Fugitive Operations Team officers in San Bernardino, Calif.,” the agency said. “Mr. Arrona-Lara is currently in ICE custody pending removal proceedings with the Executive Office for Immigration Review.”
Furthermore, it addressed that the arrest of the father didn’t align with its main goal of targeting immigrants who cross the border illegally that pose a threat:
ICE continues to focus its enforcement resources on individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security. ICE conducts targeted immigration enforcement in compliance with federal law and agency policy. However, ICE will no longer exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement. All of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States.
“My husband needs to be here,” Carmen Venegas told CBS Los Angeles. “He had to wait for his son for so long, and someone just took him away.”