Woman arrested by ICE in front of children

Woman arrested by ICE in front of children

Woman arrested by ICE in front of children

"She was arrested as a result of a targeted operation on March 3, 2018, in National City for being in the country illegally", Agent Michael J. Scappechio said.

CBS News contacted three federal agencies Friday, but none of them said whether criminal charges would be filed, but because Morales-Luna is in the country illegally - which is a crime - the USA can deport her without disclosing a reason.

Morales-Luna's lawyer has spoken out since the arrest.

A National City woman was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of being an organizer for a transnational criminal smuggling organization operating in East County.

A video that shows a Southern California woman being arrested by USA customs officials in front of her three daughters has prompted outrage on social media.

William Baker, her lawyer, told The Times that they'll ask for her to be released and reunited with her three USA citizen daughters while she fights the deportation case against her.

Morales-Luna's lawyer, Andrés Moreno II, said that Morales-Luna had no history of criminal behavior, and is the single parent to three daughters who are United States citizens.

The arrest was described as "grotesque" by Benjamin Prado, coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee's San Diego U.S. -Mexico Border Program.

National City Councilwoman Alejandra Sotelo-Solis told CBS8 she didn't witness the arrest but later spoke with people close to the family.

"When I heard the screams of the daughters, I felt sadness, I felt frustration, and then I was infuriated", Sotelo-Solis told CBS8.

During subsequent telephone conversations with federal agents, Morales-Luna repeatedly refused to turn herself in, according to the CBP statement.

Her daughters are now with their aunt, according to NBC7.

Her attorney says her "only" crime is being undocumented.

"The video clearly shows (that) the arresting agents carried out their duties appropriately, even when faced with a barrage of insults and confrontational agitators", the memo asserts.

An attorney representing a woman whose arrest by border patrol agents has gone viral said his client has "no idea" why officials are saying she is involved in a major criminal smuggling operation.

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