Border Patrol Defends Ripping Mother From Daughters, Accuse Her Of Running Immigrant Stash House

"It’s not right that she’s been separated from her family as a result of simply being here illegally,” her lawyer said. 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have given context to a viral video that showed plain clothes officers ripping a mother away from her children in the middle of the street in San Diego.

Perla Morales-Luna, 36, was taken into custody by CBP on Saturday (Mar.3), while going to pay her rent with her three daughters. The video was posted on social media by Judith Castro, one of the daughter's teachers. In it, plain clothes officers carry away Morales-Luna as her children are sobbing. One of the officers hands her daughters the keys to their home before driving away with their mother.

In a statement to NBC San Diego Friday (Mar. 9), Agent Michael J. Scappechio claimed Morales-Luna helped lead a "criminal smuggling organization" in East County. Morales-Luna reportedly hired drivers to help cross undocumented people from the border to national city safe houses. Other suspects were arrested, but Morales-Luna wasn't. While CBP has named this the root of her arrest, she is now with Immigration and Customs Enforcement for being in the country without documentation.

Her lawyer Andrés Moreno II says she's been in the country since she was 15 and her children are U.S. citizens.

"It’s not right that she’s been separated from her family as a result of simply being here illegally,” Moreno said. CBP claims they tried working with Morales-Luna about the case, but she reportedly refuse to cooperate. Moreno says her legal status is a civil case, not a crimminal one. Blending the two together to defend their actions is one thing Moreno cannot get behind.

"To go from no criminal history to she’s part of this elaborate scheme, and then process her as a non-criminal alien … that’s what’s wrong,” Moreno said. Where’s the proof of the allegation? Where’s the criminal charges? Where’s the indictment? We don’t have any of that," Moreno added "If she’s a criminal, why is she being processed administratively?"

Her daughters are currently staying with their aunt and uncle. Castro showed remorse for her student and her mother. "Honestly I couldn’t watch the whole thing," Castro, who is also acting as the family's spokesperson said. "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."

Castro, Moreno and others plan to meet this weekend to create neighborhood watch groups in an effort to warn neighbors of questionable Border Control activity.

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"No child should ever be exposed to sexually explicit materials and I unequivocally and categorically deny any alleged misconduct," said Massey through his lawyer Lee Hutton in a statement to TMZ. He also urged the public "not to jump to conclusions based on the allegations alone but reserve judgment until the whole story comes to light, proving these allegations baseless.”

The gossip site broke the story that the former That's So Raven actor was being sued by the family of the teenager for $1.5 million. The suit alleges that Massey send a photo of his erect penis to the girl via Snapchat in Dec. 2018.

Court documents claim that the teenager is an aspiring actress who has known Massey since she was four years old. He remained close with the family and acted as a "father figure" of sorts to the girl. She reached out to him in November 2018 about auditioning for the spinoff of his show, Cory In The House.


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Michael Jackson Artifacts Removed From World's Largest Children's Museum

Michael Jackson artifacts found in The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis have been removed. The Indiana museum is the largest children’s museum in the world.

According to the New York Daily News, the late-musician’s fedora and white gloves will be removed from the American Pop exhibit, while a signed poster will be removed from the The Power of Children display in response to the aftermath of the HBO documentary, Leaving Neverland. The four-part doc spotlights two men who allege in graphic detail that they were sexually abused by Jackson when they were children through the musician’s grooming techniques.

"As the world’s largest children’s museum, we are very sensitive to our audience," said the museum in a statement. "In an excess of caution, and in response to the controversy over the HBO film called Leaving Neverland, which directly involved allegations of abuse against children, we removed those objects while we carefully consider the situation more fully."

Despite the iconic items being nixed from the museum, items gifted to AIDS victim Ryan White by Jackson will remain on display. The song ‘Gone Too Soon’ was written after White died in 1990. The young boy idolized and befriended Jackson as he battled his illness.

“Ryan’s family found Michael Jackson’s kindness to them to be an important part of Ryan’s story, and the pictures of Michael displayed in that exhibit will always be an integral part of the Ryan White story,” the museum continued.

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Fyre Festival Merch To Be Auctioned Off To Help Those Who Were Bamboozled

Those who have been invested in the downfall that was the disastrous Fyre Festival, it's your lucky day. According to a report from Vulture, several merch items that were originally slated to be sold at the 2017 fiasco in the Bahamas will go to auction. The auction will benefit those who the festival's founder, Billy McFarland, owes money to, in an effort to help get that money back where it belongs.

Additional assets belonging to McFarland were deemed "untraceable" by authorities. However, Vulture reports that in court papers, feds were able to obtain a few important things. "$240,000 in a bank account" was found, as well as “two large boxes containing Fyre-branded T-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts and other clothing items that were intended for sale at the Fyre Festival,” per court filings.

McFarland, 27, was sentenced to six years in prison for wire fraud back in October 2018. While he was waiting to be sentenced, he was also found guilty of running a ticket scam on the side. He reportedly bamboozled investors for the Fyre Festival out of $24 million and a ticket vendor out of $2 million.

The date of the online auction has not yet been set.

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