Border arrest video inflames debate ahead of Trump visit

The arrest of a woman in front of her children in National City was aggressive according to immigrant activists

Perla Morales-Luna was arrested Saturday in National City, Calif., near San Diego, as she was walking with her daughters to pay rent.

A video of an illegal immigrant's being arrested in front of her children has gone viral and angered many.

Activists said these kinds of cases aren't singular - but this time there were several bystanders who caught it on video.

ICE had no comment on the arrest or the video, but did confirm the operation was carried out by the U.S. Border Patrol.

Video of the woman being pulled from her daughters on March 3 in National City, a San Diego suburb, drew almost 10 million views on Facebook by Friday afternoon.

"Ms. Morales-Luna was the only subject of this operation".

Federal authorities sought Friday to explain and defend the dramatic arrest of a human-smuggling suspect in National City, an enforcement action that prompted bitter protests after videos began circulating on social media. "It makes you wonder why they did it that way, endangering the safety of her children, the woman, and the public that was standing around watching", Leopold said.

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

In response, a San Diego-area Border Patrol spokesman issued a statement saying Perla Morales-Luna was "an organizer for a transnational criminal smuggling organization operating in East County".

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

And he said the fact that the Border Patrol is pursuing immigration proceedings against her rather than charging her with smuggling crimes undercuts the agents' claims of criminal behavior.

The broadcaster reports that the children are now in the care of their aunt.

"Your tax dollars at work", said Frank Sharry, executive director of America's Voice, on Twitter.

A video that shows a Southern California woman being arrested by US customs officials in front of her three daughters has prompted outrage on social media. "Meanwhile, Congress on verge of giving Trump's deportation force billions more".

Her lawyer Andrés Moreno II says she's been in the country since she was 15 and her children are USA citizens.

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