Casey in race against time to save mom, child from 'possible death'

'Do the right thing,' he tells homeland security

WASHINGTON - Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is not holding back in his efforts to prevent a Honduran woman and her son, currently being detained in Berks County, from being deported from the United States.

Casey took to Twitter on Wednesday with an urgent plea for his followers and constituents to contact the Department of Homeland Security and "tell them to protect this mother and child."

Casey said he learned that the woman and her 5-year-old son, who have been held at the Berks County Residential Center in Bern Township, were being placed on a plane Wednesday and returned to Honduras.

"Here's their story," Casey said in one of his tweets. "The 5-year-old's mother witnessed the murder of her cousin in Honduras and was being pursued by gangs."

"Targeted for death, this mother fled with her 5-year-old child," Casey said in another tweet. "The gangs will target this mother and her child the moment they land in Honduras."

"This 5-year-old and his mother aren't 'bad hombres.' They aren't in a gang," Casey said. "They're running from death, vulnerable and scared."

Casey, calling on DHS and the Trump administration to "do the right thing," said he has spoken with the president's chief of staff, Reince Priebus, about the issue.

"He promised that they are looking into it," Casey said. "I'll hold him accountable to do the right thing. "What I won't do: stand by silently as a vulnerable child and his mother are sent to their possible death."

Casey said he has also put a call into Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is an agency of DHS, told 69 News that it will respond directly to Casey regarding the case.

The news comes a day after Casey and several of his Senate and House colleagues on Capitol Hill sent a letter to Kelly, calling for the federal government to stop the detention of four other children and their mothers at the facility in Bern Township.

Casey said each of the children has been granted special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS) and has a pending application for legal permanent residency.

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