The media was all torn up this weekend about that evil Donald Trump’s immigration services when news broke that an illegal who was driving his pregnant wife to a hospital was detained by ICE before getting to the doctors.
But, the truth in the case proves that the media will lie and ignore any facts necessary to spin any story as long as it redounds negatively on our immigration services.
In an effort to highlight how evil ICE is, multiple media sources reported that illegal alien Joel Arrona-Lara, 36, was harshly detained by immigration just because he was driving his pregnant wife to a hospital to give birth to their baby.
Arrona-Lara was pulled over by police at a gas station in San Bernardino, California, as he was driving his wife, Maria del Carmen Venegas, to a hospital so she could undergo a Cesarian procedure.
Notice how CBS Los Angeles reports the “poor, pitiful me” version of this story. Here is how CBS leads its “reporting”:
A newborn is without his father Friday after immigration agents detained the man as he was taking his wife to deliver the baby.
“I feel very bad right now,” Maria del Carmen Venegas told CBS2 News in Spanish as she held her baby boy while still in her hospital gown.
Her husband Joel Arrona-Lara was driving his wife to the hospital for a scheduled Cesarean section Wednesday afternoon when they had to stop to get gas. That’s when their car was approached by two SUVs. Maria said they were officers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The mother of five was then asked to show her identification and complied. When the agents asked Arrona-Lara, the couple said he didn’t have the ID on him, but that they lived nearby and could go get it for them. The agents then asked Arrona-Lara to exit the vehicle, searched the car for weapons, and put Arrona into custody, leaving Maria alone at the gas station.
Security video shows her visibly upset inside the convenience store.
Maria ended up having to drive herself to the hospital to deliver the baby.
“My husband needs to be here,” Maria said. “He had to wait for his son for so long, and someone just took him away.”
The OUTRAGE! Indeed, this would sort of stink if this was all there was to the story. But in fact, it is not all there is to the story.
This man was not carted away just because ICE agents are heartless monsters who hate babies.
It turns out Arrona-Lara was detained not because ICE is mean, but because he has a warrant out for his arrest on a charge of murder!
But immigration authorities say Arrona-Lara is not just an otherwise law-abiding illegal immigrant. He is also wanted by Mexican authorities for murder.
“Mr. Arrona-Lara was brought to ICE’s attention due to an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Mexico on homicide charges,” ICE spokeswoman Lori Haley told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
A statement released by ICE says the department stands by its 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.”
And yet, most of the media did not report that this guy is a wanted murderer. Some, like CBS, altered their stories later to add the info, but many just reported that ICE was evil and mean and that the man was arrested just because he was driving his wife to the hospital.
As the Daily Wire reported, a whole slew of liberal media outlets played up the handwringing plight of this illegal.
Here are a few of those headlines:
The Washington Post: “ICE arrested a man driving his pregnant wife to give birth. She drove herself to the hospital.”
The Sacramento Bee: “They were on their way to the hospital to have a baby when ICE took him away”
CBS News: “ICE detains man driving pregnant wife to hospital to deliver baby”
TIME: “ICE Agents Detained a Man Driving His Pregnant Wife to the Hospital”
Slate: “ICE Officers Arrest Man Who Was Driving Pregnant Wife to Hospital for C-Section”
NY Mag: “ICE Arrests Husband Who Was Taking Wife to Give Birth at Hospital”
Newsweek: “Ice Agents, Part Of Trump Crackdown, Detain Husband Driving Pregnant Wife To Deliver Baby”
All of these stories led with the wailing of the poor wife (if they really are married, and there is some doubt about that) and some even totally excluded the news that the hubby was wanted for murder. Others buried the “wanted for murder” part of the story at the bottom.
What we have here is evidence of how the media spin stories for its agenda. The story the media wanted to tell was that this man was arrested only for driving his pregnant wife to the hospital. And so, many left out the fact that he was detained on the outstanding murder charges lodged against him.
This story is a perfect example of how the media lies to push its agenda.
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