Dem senator blasts Trump over deportation of Honduran mother and child

Dem senator blasts Trump over deportation of Honduran mother and child

Pennsylvania Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyA historic moment to truly honor mothers Democrats face big headaches on Biden's T spending plan The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP makes infrastructure play; Senate passes Asian hate crimes bill MORE Jr. (D) blasted the Trump administration Wednesday for not intervening in the case of a Honduran woman fleeing gang violence who was being deported with her 5-year-old son.

After tweeting about the woman's saga for most of the day, Casey took his message on MSNBC, explaining that the woman had been a witness to a murder, which made her a target for gangs.

"We should protect her, we should protect her son," said an emotional Casey, raising his voice.


Casey argued that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should at the very least allow her son to apply for a special immigrant status to remain in America, but said it would be preferable to protect the mother, too.

"If the administration is really worried about law enforcement and protecting us from violent criminals and people who want to come to this country and do us harm, they should work on that. This kind of action makes us less safe," he said.

He took to Twitter again Wednesday night, saying "it's very likely" that the mother and child "are on the ground in Honduras and that's a potential death sentence." 

He also tweeted directly at Trump, shaming him and his agencies for "turning their back on this child and his mother."



The two had been held at a family detention center in Pennsylvania ahead of her deportation, according to a Philadelphia NBC affiliate.

The Democratic senator told MSNBC that he has been in touch with White House chief of staff Reince Priebus about the situation but the woman still appears to be headed back to Honduras.

Casey said on Twitter that DHS won't tell him if she's still in the country or already on a direct flight back, and he accused the administration of rushing the deportation even though the family's advocates were securing paperwork to give them a hearing.

"This is how we are supposed to protect the country? This is an outrage," he said.

DHS didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

President Trump ran for office on a platform that included a clamp down on undocumented immigrants and warned that anyone in the U.S. illegally would be subject to deportation.

But the president's tone has moderated since taking office, as he's said he wants to prioritize the deportation of criminals.

Casey argued that the saga shows that the administration is letting Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents "do pretty much whatever they want, letting them track down people who are no threat at all." 

Updated 9:57 p.m