Pennsylvania Democratic Sen. Bob Casey says he has yet to hear from Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly after launching a Twitter campaign on Wednesday to stop the deportation of a Honduran mother and child.
"This woman was in Honduras. She witnessed a murder. And because of that, she has been pursued by gangs. She comes into this country. She was detained for a long period of time. She has a 5-year-old son. We should protect her and her son," Casey told MSNBC.
The senator says he has spoken with White House chief of staff Reince Priebus about the mother and 5-year-old child who are being detained at a facility in Berks County, Pa. and was told he is looking into the situation.
Casey said he "thought more of" DHS head Kelly and the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, adding, "I shouldn't have to make these calls."
Twitter: it's urgent. I just found out that a young child & her mother who came to U.S. seeking refuge will be sent back to Honduras today.— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) May 3, 2017
"This 5-year-old child can go in front of a judge and a determination could be made as to whether that child could receive special will immigrant juvenile status. Why wouldn't they allow that to proceed?" asked Casey, who called the situation an "outrage" and "an insult to the country."
Democrats have opposed Trump's crackdown on immigration arguing the administration has misplaced priorities and its actions are not actually keeping the nation safe.
"If the administration is really worried about law enforcement and protecting us from violent criminals or people who come to this country and do us harm, they should work on that. This kind of action makes us less safe," he said.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been adamant about his mission to stymie the flow of illegal immigration and removing criminal illegal immigrants from the country. Sessions has pledged to hire more immigration judges to overcome over half-million pending immigration cases. He has also directed all U.S. attorneys to target illegal immigrants for felonies.
"For those that still seek to violate our laws and enter the country illegally, let me be very clear: Don't come, when you are caught, you will be detained, adjudicated and deported," Sessions warned during a recent visit to the U.S., Mexico border.