A young woman grasped onto Perla Morales-Luna's arm as a Border Patrol agent and two men in plain clothes pulled her away.
Morales-Luna is accused of organizing a criminal smuggling operation out of San Diego, according to US Customs and Border Protection.
Thirty-six-year-old Perla Morales-Luna was walking down the sidewalk in National City, CA, on Saturday when she was picked-up by US border patrol agents.
Cellphone video, that has since gone viral, shows Perla Morales-Luna being detained by Border Patrol agents in front of her three daughters Saturday, March 4.
Her children, ages 17, 15 and 12, are staying with family in the San Diego area.
Her lawyer Andrés Moreno II says she's been in the country since she was 15 and her children are US citizens.
"When I heard the screams of the daughters, I felt sadness, I felt frustration, and then I was infuriated", Sotelo-Solis told CBS8.
Morales-Luna is now in Border Patrol custody awaiting transfer to ICE for removal proceedings.
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 U.S. citizens.
National City Councilwoman Alejandra Sotelo-Solis told CBS8 she didn't witness the arrest but later spoke with people close to the family.
During subsequent telephone conversations with federal agents, Morales-Luna repeatedly refused to turn herself in, according to the CBP statement.
As officers tried to take her into custody last weekend, Morales-Luna "physically resisted while trying to abscond into a nearby vehicle", according to the statement.
The tweet goes on to say Morales-Luna eluded immigration officials after having contact with them, making her a flight risk. Therefore, once she was in custody, agents immediately departed the area.
"When agents essentially snatch a mother from her children without any consideration of welfare and safety, knowing they're being videotaped, I think there is a level of comfort that the enforcement agencies have in operating in this way", he said.
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