An illegal alien wanted for murder in Mexico and arrested last week by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been portrayed by the establishment media and left-wing activists as a victim of President Trump’s immigration enforcement.
When illegal alien Joel Arrona-Lara—wanted on homicide charges in Mexico—was arrested by ICE agents while driving his pregnant wife to the hospital in San Bernardino, California, the establishment media immediately portrayed the accused murderer as a victim of the Trump administration’s crackdown on immigration.
Establishment media outlets like the Washington Post, New York Daily News, Huffington Post, CNN, and the New York Times published reports on the case, portraying Arrona-Lara as a victim of ICE with sympathetic headlines.
ICE arrested a wanted man driving his pregnant wife to give birth. She drove herself to the hospital. https://t.co/Zhd3lTHJWP
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 19, 2018
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) August 19, 2018
— The Hill (@thehill) August 19, 2018
ICE defended its officers' decision to detain a man whose wife was about to give birth, referencing Trump's "zero tolerance" policy. https://t.co/FNgYfnR8lv
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) August 19, 2018
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) August 19, 2018
A pregnant woman had to drive herself to the hospital for her C-section after US immigration agents arrested her husband when they stopped at a gas station. https://t.co/YpunVgcICK
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 19, 2018
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) August 19, 2018
Surveillance footage shows ICE agents detaining a man in California stopped at a gas station who was bringing his pregnant wife to the hospital for the delivery of their baby. https://t.co/NrzXyHktdH pic.twitter.com/kesN7U37aW
— ABC News (@ABC) August 18, 2018
Likewise, left-wing activists and pundits wrote online their sympathies for the illegal alien accused of homicide, saying his arrest was another example of why ICE needs to be abolished and called his arrested “monstrous.”
Morally bankrupt. So much for the value of the life of a fetus.
•ICE arrests a California man when he stopped for gas *while* he drove his wife to the hospital for her C-section
•She was forced to drive herself the rest of the way, giving birth alone😓https://t.co/jJqrOIMK2v
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) August 19, 2018
This is monstrous. https://t.co/DKMDIE4YcL
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) August 18, 2018
good thing ICE is here to stop all these dangerous…
…husbands from driving their pregnant wives to the hospital to give birth https://t.co/SCx4tGULZy
— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) August 19, 2018
"ICE detains man driving pregnant wife to hospital to deliver baby."
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) August 18, 2018
Imagine – if you will – a world where nobody could be detained when they stopped to get gas while taking their wife to the hospital so she could give birth.https://t.co/3eJv6Pmrwv
— Muhammad Lila (@MuhammadLila) August 18, 2018
OMFG. ICE detained a husband as he was driving his wife for a C-section. She had to drive herself to hospital. The cruelty and inhumanity of this regime! https://t.co/lkZljMVq8I
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) August 18, 2018
ICE detained a man while he was driving his pregnant wife to the hospital. He was taken when they stopped for gas.
"My husband needs to be here," Maria del Carmen Venegas said. "He had to wait for his son for so long, and someone just took him away."https://t.co/rpD8WKwaJZ
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 18, 2018
ICE arrested a California man on Wednesday when he stopped for gas while driving his wife to the hospital for her C-section. She ended up driving herself the rest of the way, giving birth alone. https://t.co/T7MHsWvGVS
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 18, 2018
The coincident juxtaposition of these 2 tweets explains why America is so cruel today. We've deep-fried our hearts so that they no longer bleed, even when #ICE agents grab Joel Arrona Lara as he drives wife Maria del Carmen Venegas to her ER C-section. https://t.co/AtWX4AH58O pic.twitter.com/ucvcRawr7M
— Laurie Garrett (@Laurie_Garrett) August 18, 2018
Joel Arrona Lara was driving his wife to the hospital to deliver their baby when ICE arrested him. "My husband needs to be here. He had to wait for his son for so long, and someone just took him away," said his wife, Maria del Carmen Venegas https://t.co/6j8OG9A9at
— Southern Poverty Law Center (@splcenter) August 19, 2018
Apparently applying the heartless zero-tolerance policy that Trump promotes, US immigration agents detain a man who was driving his wife to give birth. https://t.co/y7F5Nt8JKq pic.twitter.com/Ry6z0MjFT4
— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) August 19, 2018
In a statement to Breitbart News, ICE officials said Arrona-Lara was originally brought to their attention after he was charged with homicide in Mexico. It remains unclear how long the illegal alien had been living in the U.S., and thus evading arrest in Mexico.