Yale Student Fights Against His Mom's Possible Deportation

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November 15, 2019 - 11:41 am

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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.