When asked on Twitter for more details about the alleged transnational smuggling organization, the San Diego-area Border Patrol's official account responded that it could not release more details "as this is part of an active investigation".
Perla Morales-Luna was arrested Saturday in National City, Calif., near San Diego, as she was walking with her daughters to pay rent.
In response to the video, 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".
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.
"Mother ripped away from her crying daughters by Border Patrol agents on a Southern California street corner".
William Baker, her lawyer, told The Times that they'll ask for her to be released and reunited with her three USA citizen daughters while she fights the deportation case against her.
Her lawyer Andrés Moreno II says she's been in the country since she was 15 and her children are US citizens.
Morales-Luna is in Border Patrol custody and is awaiting transfer to ICE for deportation.
At Friday's press conference, activist Mark Lane said Morales-Luna was arrested for being undocumented.
National City Councilwoman Alejandra Sotelo-Solis told CBS8 she didn't witness the arrest but later spoke with people close to the family.
Her daughters are now with their aunt, according to NBC7.
The tweet goes on to say Morales-Luna eluded immigration officials after having contact with them, making her a flight risk.
Her three daughters, one of which is believed to be a minor, scream hysterically as they watch their mother being taken away and forced into the back of the truck.
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