DHS head slams Dem’s ‘outrageous’ deportation tweets

DHS head slams Dem’s ‘outrageous’ deportation tweets
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Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Thursday criticized Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseySenate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Fred Upton says it is 'tragic' to see Americans reject masks, social distancing; Russia claims it will approve COVID-19 vaccine by mid-August People with disabilities see huge job losses; will pandemic roll back ADA gains? MORE Jr.’s (D-Pa.) “outrageous” tweets decrying a recent deportation.

Casey on Wednesday urged President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to halt the deportation of a Honduran mother and child, and then took to Twitter to shame Trump and the DHS.



“You can’t pick and choose the laws you follow,” Kelly responded on Thursday, according to McClatchy. “I can’t pick and choose the laws I enforce.”


“You have to understand that ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security, John Kelly, I don’t, we don’t deport people. The law deports people.”

Kelly added that he tried contacting Casey five times following the senator’s Twitter outburst.

Casey on Wednesday railed against the deportation of a Honduran mother and her 5-year-old son.

“Twitter: it’s urgent,” he tweeted. “I just found that a young child & mother who came to U.S. seeking refugee will be sent back to Honduras today.”

“I just had a picture of this 5yr old come across my desk,” Casey continued. “He’s adorable and wrote that he had ‘nowhere to go.’”

“What I won’t do: stand by silently as a vulnerable child and his mother are sent to their possible death.”

McClatchy said the woman and her son flew back to Honduras on Wednesday, after more than a year in the U.S.

The two were among a dozen mothers and children who had been held for over a year at the Berks County Residential Center near Reading, Pa.

Casey on Wednesday described the pair’s return to Honduras as “a potential death sentence” due to gang violence there.

Kelly said Thursday that the woman was denied the opportunity to stay in the U.S. by multiple courts, including the Supreme Court.