Published: Sat, October 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

British family deported after illicit U.S. border crossing: agency

British family deported after illicit U.S. border crossing: agency

Eileen Connors, 24, says the conditions her family, including three-month-old son, have been in are filthy and cold with broken bathrooms.

They were deported overnight Tuesday and were back in Britain Wednesday, said immigration attorneys with Aldea - The People´s Justice Center, a legal group that assisted them.

Eileen Connors wrote in a sworn statement obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that her family soon found itself surrounded by multiple police cars and U.S. Border Patrol agents.

The British family has been in custody in the USA for two weeks.

CBP officials disputed the family's version of events and said the Connors were spotted via video surveillance "slowly and deliberately driving through a ditch onto Boundary Road in Blaine, Washington" between parallel roadways on the US and Canadian sides. A Border Patrol agent pulled the vehicle over shortly thereafter and arrested the seven occupants-four adults, the baby and 2-year-old twins, all United Kingdom citizens.

"During processing, record checks revealed two of the adults were previously denied travel authorization to come to the United States". CBP told Fox News that "attempts were made to return the individuals to Canada, however, Canada refused to allow their return". However, widespread public backlash has since quieted CBP's claims that the family was deliberately attempting to enter the United States from Canada. They were in the United States about five seconds before being stopped and arrested, she said. "The officer said it did not make a difference".

The Pennsylvania-based immigrant advocacy group added "there is nothing that justifies the imprisonment of babies and toddlers, for any period of time".

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Cambria said the family had filed a complaint with the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the nation's immigration agencies.

The family has said they were initially kept in "very cold" gender-segregated cells. "Anyone that reads their statement or hears their story will not understand how this could've possibly happened". It is undoubtedly the worst experience we have ever lived through. From there, she was taken to a Red Roof Inn in Seattle, and eventually flown across the country to Pennsylvania.

An ICE spokesman confirmed that the family is in custody at the Berks Family Residential Center but denied any mistreatment.

At the Berks County Residential Center - one of three family detention centres in the US that hold children and parents who are seeking asylum or who entered the country illegally - Connors described a frigid facility whose staff claimed they couldn't turn on the heat until the end of November. Ice declined comment Wednesday afternoon, saying it doesn't discuss "removal arrangements" before deportees are back in their own country.

The tragic experience faced by the Connors family is a small glimpse into the horrors faced by the hundreds of thousands who are fleeing their homes in Central America due to gang violence and poverty, undertaking a perilous journey only to be detained, separated, and abused in America's sprawling network of concentration camps.

There, Eileen said her son was as soon as subjected to squalid and frigid prerequisites, leaving him with blotchy pores and skin and a that it's possible you'll perhaps deem of scrutinize infection. Teething powder and formula were also confiscated, she said.

"We have been traumatised. this would never happen in the United Kingdom to USA citizens, or anyone else, because people there are treated with dignity". "We are so sickened by all of this". "The memory of our little baby having to sleep on a dirty floor of a cell will haunt us forever", Eileen Connors wrote.

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