Honduran In Yale Seeks To Prevent Deportation Of His Mother With Cancer

Washington, United States

A Honduran dreamer began a campaign in the United States to prevent the deportation of his mother, a cancer patient.

Tania Romero was arrested on August 15 for a traffic violation in Gwinnett County in Georgia. The 48-year-old Honduran mother was then transferred to a detention center in Irwin.

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His son, Cristian Padilla, launched a campaign in the US media and social networks to ask the Immigration and Customs Service (ICE) to free his mother who needs urgent medical treatment.

Padilla, a PhD student at the prestigious Yale University, said his mother recovers from surgery after being operated by oral cancer a few months ago.

The young Honduran added that ICE can deport his mother at any time to a country where he has no guarantee that she can receive quality medical service.

"I grew up in this country. My mother is the only reason I attend a university like Yale," Padilla told the New York Times.

"She worked all her life so that my sisters and I could receive education."

Romero emigrated in the early 90s with his three children to the US in search of better opportunities for his family. The Honduran met with her husband in Georgia, where they settled.

Tania Romero recovers from surgery after being diagnosed with oral cancer.

"She worked in construction, in restaurants, hotels and other jobs to provide for the family," added the young man, who like his sisters is protected from deportation by the DACA program, which US President Donald Trump seeks to eliminate.

Cristian opened a GoFundMe account with which he seeks to raise $ 35,000 for legal expenses that his mother's defense has involved.

The young man also got Democratic Congresswoman Lucy McBath to present her case to immigration authorities trying to stop her mother's deportation.

See: Dreamers expect Supreme Court ruling to decide their fate in the US

His case has impacted on social networks and the Democratic presidential candidate, Julian Castro, shared Padilla's campaign on his Twitter account calling for the release of the Honduran.

However, Cristian warned that ICE contacted the Honduran authorities in the consul of Georgia requesting Ms. Romero's travel documents, so she believes she can be deported later this week.

"Sending my mother back to Honduras would be a death sentence," said Cristian. "We are not going to stop our campaign until she is released."

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