Casey critical of possible deportation from Berks residential center

Written by Joel Shannon/the York Daily Record | May 4, 2017 8:24 AM

FILE PHOTO: Sen. Bob Casey, D-Penn., speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Undated) -- Pennsylvania Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey has mounted a campaign to stop the deportation of a mother and her five-year-old daughter from the Berks County Residential Center to Honduras, where he says they will be targeted by gangs.

Casey has tweeted a stream of information about the situation and made an appearance on MSNBC. According to tweets, the deportation was in progress on Wednesday afternoon.

"This 5yr old and his mother aren't 'bad hombres.' They aren't in a gang, they're running from death- vulnerable and scared ... The child is potentially eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status," Casey tweeted.

Casey also claimed that the Department of Homeland Security was aware the mother and child had "had secured paperwork to protect them" and had rushed removal to prevent the protection.

David Lapan, deputy assistant secretary for media operations/press secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, told by email that the woman was detained on Dec. 18, 2015, one day after unlawfully entering the United States. She was removed on Wednesday "after having exhausted all legal remedies available to her."

Those "legal remedies" ran the whole way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, which unanimously denied her petition after her case was heard in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

There was no mention of a child in Lapan's response to Wednesday night. He said she was removed without incident and that ICE officials have been in direct contact with Casey's office, providing information as it became available.

Casey said that DHS contacts claim that only the Trump administration can stop the deportation.

*An earlier version of this story named the woman. WITF will not name her at the request of her attorneys out of concern for her safety.

This article is part of a content-sharing partnership between WITF and the York Daily Record.

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