The mainstream press went bonkers over the weekend after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested an illegal immigrant while he was driving his pregnant wife to the hospital, but left out a key fact in order to make the law enforcement agency seem cruel.
Jose Arrona Lara was arrested at a gas station in San Bernardino, CA while driving his wife Maria del Carmen Venegas, to the hospital for a scheduled cesarean section.
An ICE official confirmed that Arrona Lara was wanted on homicide charges.
“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.
Daniel Dale of CBS Los Angeles posted a viral tweet about the incident, which garnered nearly 27,000 retweets.
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
Only later did he clarify that Arrona Lara was wanted for murder, in a Tweet that received only about 1,000 retweets.
Important update: ICE said today that this man was arrested because of a homicide warrant for him in Mexico. ICE didn’t mention this in its comments to media yesterday. His lawyer says he denies that there are such Mexico charges; no details from ICE yet. https://t.co/AnIfv8DapM
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 19, 2018
This is how the mainstream press obfuscates the truth. They whipped up a frenzy of outrage around ICE, but failed to mention that they were taking a violent criminal off the streets.
“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!” Tweeted writer Amy Siskind.
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
“ICE detained Joel while he drove his wife to the hospital to deliver their baby. How is government serving its purpose here? How does this better society? This leaves a mom without a partner, a baby without a father, and us without a soul.
#AbolishICE,” wrote failed Michigan gubernatorial candidate Adbul El-Sayed, who ran on a platform of abolishing the law enforcement entity.
ICE detained Joel while he drove his wife to the hospital to deliver their baby.
How is government serving its purpose here? How does this better society?
— Abdul El-Sayed (@AbdulElSayed) August 19, 2018
Some prominent commentators reacted rationally.
“This article epitomizes
#FakeNews by leaving out the little detail that the guy is wanted for murder in Mexico,” wrote author Dinesh D’Souza on Twitter.
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) August 19, 2018
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