I wrote about this incident this weekend and there is still fallout over it. It all centers around skewed headlines and media bias over illegal immigration. The left is in full spin mode when it comes to ICE and that includes the media. Unfortunately for the leftists and their propaganda artists, many times their attacks backfire on them. It sure did this weekend as they launched a massive attack against ICE agents… big time.
The whole story centers around ICE agents apprehending Joel Arrona Lara last Wednesday at a gas station in San Bernardino, California, while on his way to the hospital. His wife, Maria del Carmen Venegas, was scheduled to deliver their child via cesarean section. It wasn’t an emergency, it was an appointment. What the media left out of their screaming headlines was the fact that the man was wanted for murder in Mexico and that since the C-section was scheduled, the mother and child were never in danger. Leftists immediately took to Twitter to vent their rage over this action.
Washington correspondent Daniel Dale reported thusly: “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.” Which in turn caused Rep. Joe Kennedy III to decry ICE, “There’s heartless and then there’s whatever the hell this is.” Oh, the humanity and the fake news!
There’s heartless and then there’s whatever the hell this is. https://t.co/qWgPoJ2ABe
— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) August 18, 2018
As far as I saw over the weekend, the only media outlets that got this right were NBC News and Fox News. That’s just sad. The Huffington Post reported, “ICE defended its officers’ decision to detain a man whose wife was about to give birth, referencing Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy.” It’s too bad the supposed victims here were not actually victims at all.
And even those who should know better chimed in. The Rev. Cornell Wm. Brooks, Esq. tweeted, “#ICE arrests a man driving his pregnant wife to the hospital to deliver their first son—leaving mom to drive herself & deliver the baby ALONE. No doubt, rule-loving legalistas will say this “illegal” couple got what they deserved. STONE COLD HEARTLESS.” I fail to see how that is in the least true or accurate here. But it is emotional and dramatic, not to mention political.
From Louder with Crowder:
“Standard leftist talking points, really. “ICE are inhuman Nazi bastards who just ruined that peaceful illegal’s big day by detaining him.” There’s just one little problem with that:
“The media freaked out on Saturday after ICE arrested a man in southern California while taking his pregnant wife to the hospital, only for the agency to later announce he is wanted for murder in Mexico.
“Joel Arrona Lara, 36, was detained at a gas station in San Bernardino, California, while he and his wife were on their way to the hospital for her cesarean section. He reportedly had been living in the U.S. illegally for 12 years.
“Mr. Arrona-Lara was brought to ICE’s attention due to an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Mexico on homicide charges.
“The foot-in-mouthiness of these leftists is just glorious. “Can’t you ICE asshats put your douchery on hold for five minutes? What you’re doing is just mean. He’s about to be a daddy. It’s not like he did anything illegal, besides the whole living in America illegally part. Wait, he’s a murder suspect? Oh…’”
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/JiUy6srTSy
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) 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
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
This is so so wrong. https://t.co/l1DBUDpMbN
— Mary Murray (@MaryMurrayNBC) August 18, 2018
The suspect’s wife got to the hospital just fine and in time, while a murder suspect and an illegal alien is now in custody. Since when are police mandated to have a heart when it comes to arresting those that break the law? Get real. Sometimes it seems that the left will side with illegal aliens no matter the crimes they commit simply because they despise President Trump. I highly doubt these media outlets were unaware that this man had been charged with murder and that makes this even worse.
Allegedly, this guy has lived in the U.S. illegally for twelve years in addition to being wanted for murder in Mexico. ICE released the following statement concerning his 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. Mr. Arrona-Lara is currently in ICE custody pending removal proceedings with the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).”
“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.”
#ICE arrests a man driving his pregnant wife to the hospital to deliver their first son—leaving mom to drive herself & deliver the baby ALONE.
No doubt, rule-loving legalistas will say this “illegal” couple got what they deserved.
STONE COLD HEARTLESS https://t.co/5bUljMYl5s
— Rev. Cornell William Brooks (@CornellWBrooks) August 18, 2018
To be fair here, an attorney with the San Bernardino Community Service Center who is representing Arrona Lara said the homicide charges are “unconfirmed,” KCBS reported. The attorney claims that the Mexican consulate says it currently has no information about ICE’s claim. That’s not the same as “unconfirmed” by the way.
The problem I have with that claim is that ICE says the opposite. If I have to choose between an illegal alien’s attorney and ICE in this situation on who to believe, I choose ICE. ICE, however, did not mention in their statement anything about the murder charge, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see. That doesn’t mean much in my viewpoint. He still broke the law and ICE told The Daily Caller that they arrested Arrona Lara in conjunction with Mexican authorities on homicide charges. That’s good enough for me.
This is a great example of why the media has lost credibility. What possible justification can there be for multiple news organization omitting that the person ICE arrested was wanted for murder? pic.twitter.com/dtg2Jo2JsR
— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) August 19, 2018
President Trump Announced How He Just Got Mexico To Pay For The Wall
When President Trump said he would have Mexico pay for the wall on our southern border, he meant it. He just announced how they are going to do it too… through the USMCA (the revision of NAFTA). Which I suspect was the plan all along.
Very early this morning at about 4:38 am, Trump tweeted: “I often stated, “One way or the other, Mexico is going to pay for the Wall.” This has never changed. Our new deal with Mexico (and Canada), the USMCA, is so much better than the old, very costly & anti-USA NAFTA deal, that just by the money we save, MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL!”
Do you think Facebook should be regulated so they're forced to treat everyone the same, regardless of their political beliefs, considering their size and influence in society?
— Amanda Shea (@TheAmandaShea) December 13, 2018
For those doubters on Twitter (and you will see some of them below), I highly doubt the plan was ever to have Mexico pay for the wall up front. We would fund the wall and recoup the funding from Mexico. I don’t see what is so hard to understand about that. But it seems to be a financial move many can’t seem to grasp and that is beyond their comprehension.
SIGN PETITION DEMANDING TRUMP BUILD THE WALL 75,000 HAVE SIGNED
I fully support that if Congress just won’t fund the wall, having the military build it through Pentagon funding and then reimbursing them for it. Why? Because it is a national security issue and always has been. That border is a clear and present danger.
Why shouldn’t Trump have Mexico pay through the USMCA? And why all the negativity from people who are obviously poorly informed and just politically biased? They let their hate for the president dictate all their thoughts and actions rather than looking at the mechanics of the move and the benefits from it. I just don’t get these people. They have not even given this a chance and already they are shooting it down. That’s a leftist for you.
Check out the moves on Twitter over this:
I often stated, “One way or the other, Mexico is going to pay for the Wall.” This has never changed. Our new deal with Mexico (and Canada), the USMCA, is so much better than the old, very costly & anti-USA NAFTA deal, that just by the money we save, MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2018
The government didn’t spend or receive money from NAFTA. So unless you’re going to raise taxes, there is no money coming into the government from the new deal.
— pastajoe (@pastajoe5) December 13, 2018
Good, now you can stop bothering Chuck and Nancy about getting our money for it.
— S.Danielle (@sdanielle) December 13, 2018
I am losing faith in you, sir. Why are you asking us taxpayers for 5 billion dollars if the new deal will pay for the wall? You promised that we wouldn’t have to pay for it! Please keep your promise, a free border wall, or I will not vote for you again. #NoWallNoVote pic.twitter.com/eDopbpl7T1
— Ridgely Gibbs (@Patriots4Truth_) December 13, 2018
Also the deal still has to be ratified and approved by Congress which probably won't happen until the end of 2019 Or possibly mid 2020. So you're making promises using money you don't have and may possibly not get. What a shocker Mr. Bankruptcy
— Alan Volante (@VolanteAlan) December 13, 2018
Well wait until that money is coming in and build it then
— Caren Sykes (@misscsykes12) December 13, 2018
I've decided I'm not buying a Maga hat from you, but instead spend the money on drugs. So, now you pay for my drugs.
— Vincent Carmiggelt (@graphincent) December 13, 2018
Great so you don't need a penny from Congress or US Taxpayers then. Let us know when Mexico sends you the check for the $5 billion you want for the first payment on the wall. Until then don't bother Americans for the $.
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) December 13, 2018
No, this means consumers will pay for the wall.
— Carolyn McClanahan (@CarolynMcC) December 13, 2018
If you buy something that normally costs $1000 on sale for $750, you didn't save $250. You spent $750.
— Cannie Ware (@CannieW) December 13, 2018
— ????????❌TrumpedUp❌???????? (@TrumpedUp20) December 13, 2018
Bait and switch
— Greg Stanton (@GregStanton) December 13, 2018
Jeez… I saw that one coming.
— Honest Abe (@honestpotus16) December 13, 2018
Most of these people don’t seem to get that a great deal of the funding for the wall was approved before Trump started all of this. I have never seen so many people so intent on leaving themselves open to attack. What a bunch of foolish, self-involved individuals. Just sad. Build the wall whatever it takes and do it fast before one of our many enemies gets a chance to severely cripple this nation once again.
Illegal Invader Collides With Major Karma After Leaving Church – Should’ve Listened!
An illegal alien was busted in North Carolina last week after leaving a church to meet for a scheduled appointment with immigration officials. Samuel Oliver-Bruno, 47, was evidently living for almost a year in the basement of a Methodist church while trying to get his deportation to Mexico delayed. ICE doesn’t make arrests in churches so they waited until he left this one.
Oliver-Bruno was asked to provide his fingerprints to move his petition forward. He was promptly arrested in the USCIS office when he arrived. To be fair, this guy is a convicted criminal and is not some innocent victim here. Clergy from the church formed a human wall around the vehicle taking him to detention, singing “Amazing Grace” and chanting “Let him stay!” Several were arrested. The Hill has more on this misguided intervention:
An undocumented man was arrested in North Carolina on Friday after leaving a church to meet for a scheduled appointment with immigration officials, The News & Observer reported.
Samuel Oliver-Bruno, 47, was living in the basement of Durham’s CityWell United Methodist Church for nearly a year while he petitioned for his deportation to Mexico to be delayed. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement does not make arrests in churches.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services asked Oliver-Bruno to appear in person to provide his fingerprints in order for his petition to be processed. He was then arrested inside the USCIS office, the paper reported.
“Mr. Oliver-Bruno is a convicted criminal who has received all appropriate legal process under federal law, has no outstanding appeals, and has no legal basis to remain in the U.S.,” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesperson Bryan Cox told The News & Observer in a statement.
Faith leaders and church members who had accompanied Oliver-Bruno formed a human wall around the vehicle taking him to detention, singing “Amazing Grace” and chanting “Let him stay!” Several were arrested, according to CNN.
“It was presented as a legitimate appointment but ICE utilized due process as bait,” Cleve May, a pastor at the church, told CNN. “So we went to the appointment with him, to offer protection, knowing that ICE could not be trusted. We were thinking we would be in and out in 30 minutes.”
“Samuel’s sudden and inappropriate arrest in the middle of the Thanksgiving season reflects the callous and cruel approach we’ve come to expect from the Trump administration. As Members of Congress representing the Durham community, we will continue to do everything in our power to keep the Oliver-Bruno family together,” they said.
“In a call with us this afternoon, ICE has committed to allow Mr. Oliver-Bruno to remain in the U.S. in detention while his case is adjudicated. While this means he will not be immediately deported, we remain committed to fighting for his release.”
Oliver-Bruno was arrested in El Paso, Texas, in 2014 after using a Texas birth certificate to enter the U.S., according to CNN. He lived for 11 months in sanctuary at the Durham church, where he helped with renovations, including a bedroom and shower after CityWell agreed to take him in the facility.
Oliver-Bruno said he feared he will be deported, leaving behind his son and wife, who has lupus and depends on her husband financially, the News & Observer reported.
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