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Man arrested in US while driving pregnant wife to hospital

US OFFICIALS arrested a man who was taking his pregnant wife to hospital on Saturday, leaving her to drive herself to her scheduled caesarian section to give birth to their son.

Maria del Carmen Venegas explained that the couple had pulled into a service station for petrol while on their way to the hospital in Los Angeles when they were confronted by Immigration and Custom (ICE) officials who asked for ID.

Her husband Joel Arrona Lara had left his identification at home because the pair left in a hurry. 

Footage showed the officers taking Mr Arrona away in handcuffs leaving Ms Venegas to drive to the hospital alone.

“I feel terrible,” Ms Venegas said. “We need him now more than ever.”

The couple have lived in the US for 12 years but do not have legal authorisation to live in the country. All five of their children are US citizens, Ms Venegas said.

In a statement issued on Saturday afternoon, ICE said Mr Arrona “was brought to ICE's attention due to an outstanding warrant issued for his arrest in Mexico on homicide charges.”

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