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.