“On top of taking my family, they are branded as criminals”
Video of Border Patrol agents dragging mother away from children sparks outrage
Meenakshi Jagadeesan and Clodomiro Puentes
10 March 2018
A video of border Patrol agents dragging a woman into a van as her three traumatized daughters scream and cry for their mother has gone viral on social media. Last Saturday, 36-year-old Perla Morales Luna stepped out to pay her rent in National City, a suburb of San Diego, California. She was accompanied by her three daughters one of whom is believed to be a minor. Still close to her house, she was grabbed by two men plainclothes and one uniformed Border Patrol agent, and hustled off to a Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) van.
Cell phone video footage shows the agents ripping Morales Luna from the hands of her children as they scream and wail, while in the background the officers can be heard demanding that she “Get in the car.” As the car is seen leaving, one of the daughters can heard asking where her mother was being taken.
The video has been viewed over 10 million times after being shared on social media by Judith Castro-Gonzalez, a teacher for one of Morales Luna’s children.
Detention of Perla Morales Luna
Explaining why she shared the video, Castro told NBC7 that she could not believe that a mother could be dragged away from her children in that manner, and was horrified at the injustice: “Honestly I couldn’t watch the whole thing…Just seeing a mom being approached by agents who are dressed in civilian clothing, with no badges to be seen, and just literally dragging the mom away into the border patrol truck.”
As Pedro Rios, director of the American Friends Service Committee in San Diego told the Washington Post, “If there weren’t uniformed…