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A mother and her 5-year-old son seeking refuge in the U.S. from the violence of Honduran gangs are being deported by the Trump administration, Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) revealed Wednesday in a series of tweets. The mother apparently fled Honduras with her son after witnessing "the murder of her cousin." Casey reported she was "being pursued by gangs."
Though the child may be "eligible for Special Immigration Juvenile Status," Casey tweeted that the Trump administration is "planning to put them on a plane TODAY." "A plane ride that can very likely lead to their death," Casey warned.
Casey reached out to the head of the Department of Homeland Security, and repeatedly tweeted at DHS and at President Trump. He eventually spoke with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus over the phone, and later confirmed with DHS that "only the White House can order this reversed now."
In the midst of his tweetstorm, Casey said that the mother and son had been ordered to board a plane, though it remains unclear whether they are on a direct flight or on a flight with a layover.
At the time of publishing, Casey said he still had not received an update from the Trump administration.