Mother Ripped Away from Children On The Street By Border Patrol

Video of border agents' arrest of mom in National City sparks outrage

Video of border agents' arrest of mom in National City sparks outrage

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

Perla Morales-Luna, 36, was arrested on the street in front of her three daughters as she went to pay the rent for her home in National City, California, on Saturday.

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.

In it, they allege Morales-Luna was "identified as a human smuggling facilitator who recruited drivers to transport illegal aliens from a remote border area in Eastern San Diego to a stash house in National City as part of a larger transnational criminal organization". "The arresting agents ensured that Ms. Morales-Luna was able to arrange for her sister to take custody of her three children".

Officials also said Luna is in the USA illegally and is expected to be deported.

"The mother is essentially stripped from the arms of her children", Pedro Rios, director of the American Friends Service Committee in San Diego, told The Washington Post. The agents are seen forcibly taking the mother away from her children to a patrol vehicle; two were plain-clothed, the other uniformed.

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"They were looking for her", one source said.

She is now in Border Patrol custody awaiting transfer to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for removal proceedings, according to her attorney.

Despite the explanation, many people questioned the tactics used in the arrest and wondered why Morales-Luna was arrested for being in the country illegally and not for the far more serious smuggling crimes alleged by the Border Patrol. Border patrol agents are separating families across the county in brutal arrests like the one caught on video.

The clip was posted to Facebook by a teacher of one of Morales' daughters, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The videos garnered more than 10 million views in less than 24 hours and ignited a searing debate over immigration enforcement just days before President Trump is due to visit the area to look at prototypes of his planned border wall.

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