Pregnant mother is being held by ICE agents just after she has dropped off her daughter in kindergarten
Pregnant mother, 32, is being held by ICE agents just after she has dropped off her daughter in kindergarten
- Verónica Carmen Lara-Márquez was arrested by US immigration and customs enforcement on February 11 after leaving her daughter at a school in Philadelphia
- The 30-year-old from El Salvador entered the US in 2011 on an asylum application
- She has a deportation order issued in 2012 after she did not show up for a hearing in Virginia
- ICE told NBC 10 that it released Lara-Márquez moments later for “humanitarian reasons”
- Lara-Márquez’s expulsion order still stands and she must continue to attend her mandatory immigration hearings in Philadelphia
A pregnant undocumented woman was arrested by US immigration and customs enforcers just minutes after she had dropped off her four-year-old daughter for kindergarten in Philadelphia.
Verónica Carmen Lara-Márquez said the ICE officers finally released her at a bus stop shortly after they held her near Kirkbride Elementary School on 11 February.
Lara-Márquez, a resident of El Salvador, thought she would be kidnapped when she was approached by two civilian agents who called her by her middle name and told her to step aside because they wanted to talk to her.
Verónica Carmen Lara-Márquez, a three-month-old pregnant mother of two, was briefly detained by ICE agents on 11 February after she dropped her four-year-old into kindergarten classes. She was released when she told the ICE officers that she was pregnant
The short detention of a Salvadoran migrant who dropped her daughter at a school in Philadelphia has prompted school officials to contact staff about how to deal with ICE agents
The three-month pregnant woman was then released by the ICE agents when the father of her two children watched the scene unfold through the window of the apartment he shares with her and his son, according to Telemundo 62.
“We live right in front of the school and he saw me through the window and came out,” Lara-Márquez said. “He told me to be careful because I was pregnant and they quickly asked me how much [months] I had.’
The Salvadoran woman entered the United States on an asylum application in 2011 and settled in Virginia.
She then moved to Philadelphia the following year and met the father of her two children, but did not show up for her immigration hearings.
NBC 10 reported that a judge from the immigration court issued a deportation order for Lara-Márquez in the same year she moved to Philadelphia, according to an ICE statement.
“In May 2012, an immigration judge gave Lara-Marquez a final order for removal by default. Humanitarian factors and potential mitigating circumstances are being considered for every person ICE encounters,” the federal immigration agency said. “case by case on the basis of all the circumstances.”
Lara-Márquez’s deportation judgment is still standing and she has to show up for future scheduled immigration hearings in Philadelphia
Despite her release, Lara-Márquez’s verdict remains and must appear for future scheduled immigration hearings in Philadelphia.
KYW News Radio reported that the Philadelphia School District approached its staff on how to deal with ICE agents when they present at the schools or seek information about migrant students and undocumented parents.
“We worked with the city to ensure that there are no efforts to focus on schools, on opening and closing schools,” said Chief Inspector William Hite.