Yale student fights against his mom’s possible deportation
NEW YORK (AP) — A Yale University graduate student is trying to prevent the deportation of his mother to Honduras, a country where he says she won’t get the medical treatment she needs as a survivor of stage-four cancer.
Cristian Padilla Romero, a 24-year-old doctoral student, created an online petition asking for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release his mother. He also has raised more than $39,000 through a crowdfunding campaign for her legal and medical needs.
Tania Romero has been in a Georgia detention center since mid-August.
An ICE spokesperson said the agency is unable to comment on Romero’s case because of privacy restrictions.
The student said his mother was stopped for a speeding violation near Atlanta. She had no driver’s license, and police alerted ICE, he said.