Mother and Son, 5, Deported from Berks Co. Immigration Jail

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A mother and 5-year-old boy from Honduras who had been detained at a Berks County immigration detention facility were put on a flight Tuesday back to their native country, according to Sen. Bob Casey and an immigration attorney.

The two were among 14 “longterm” families held at the controversial Berks County Residential Center outside Reading. They had been detained at the facility since Dec. 18, 2015, attorney Bridget Cambria said Tuesday afternoon.

Casey, the Pennsylvania Democrat, first tweeted about the mom and son about noon in a series of tweets in which he accused the Department of Homeland Security of sending a mother and her young child on “a plane ride that can very likely lead to their death.”

He said in another tweet that “the 5yr old’s mother witnessed the murder of her cousin in Honduras and was being pursued by gangs.”

“They had a final order of removal but it doesn’t change the danger they are facing or that they were held for over a year and a half,” Cambria said.

Check back for more details on this developing story throughout the afternoon and evening.

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