Fa­ther of boy who was abused by rel­a­tives in Mex­ico de­ported

Child, a dual cit­i­zen, was chained, hun­gry and beaten in his aunt and un­cle’s home.

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Greg Mo­ran greg.mo­ran@sdunion­tri­bune.com Twitter: @greg­moran Mo­ran writes for the San Diego Union-Tri­bune.

SAN DIEGO — The fa­ther of a 5-year-old boy found abused and ne­glected in Mex­ico City in June was ar­rested on his way to work in Es­con­dido and de­ported by im­mi­gra­tion agents Tues­day.

Pas­cual Cas­tro, who was in the coun­try il­le­gally, had been de­ported nine times pre­vi­ously, ac­cord­ing to a spokes­woman for Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment. He was ar­rested dur­ing what spokes­woman Lau­ren Mack de­scribed as a “tar­geted en­force­ment ac­tion con­ducted by ICE Fugi­tive Oper­a­tions.” He was de­ported un­der a prior no­tice of re­moval is­sued by an im­mi­gra­tion judge.

In a phone interview from Ti­juana on Wed­nes­day, Cas­tro said he was ar­rested on his way to work in the morn­ing and sent back across the bor­der that af­ter­noon.

He said his plans are to get to Mex­ico City and pick up his son, Anthony. The child was found June 27 in the home of an aunt and un­cle af­ter po­lice re­sponded to a tip from a neigh­bor.

His legs were chained, he was mal­nour­ished and he had been beaten, au­thor­i­ties said in a state­ment. Anthony was taken to a hos­pi­tal, and the two adults — Cas­tro’s sis­ter and her hus­band — were ar­rested and charged with abus­ing the child.

Anthony is out of the hos­pi­tal and in the cus­tody of Mexican child wel­fare au­thor­i­ties, said Vic­tor Corzo, the act­ing con­sul gen­eral for Mex­ico in San Diego.

Anthony has dual cit­i­zen­ship, and his fate likely will be re­solved through the Mexican child wel­fare sys­tem. He could be re­turned to the U.S. or placed in foster care in Mex­ico.

Cas­tro had sought help from Rep. Dar­rell Issa (RVista) af­ter find­ing out the plight of his son. Cas­tro has de­nied know­ing any­thing about the abuse.

Issa’s of­fice said the congressman had agreed to help Cas­tro even though he is not a U.S. cit­i­zen. In a state­ment on July 6, Issa said the goal was to get Anthony “into a safe and sta­ble en­vi­ron­ment where he can get the help he so des­per­ately needs.”

Issa spokesman Calvin Moore did not re­spond to mes­sages seek­ing com­ment on Cas­tro’s de­por­ta­tion.

As the spouse of a cit­i­zen, Cas­tro was try­ing to get le­gal sta­tus in the U.S and was seek­ing a green card, Corzo said.

The Mexican Con­sulate had been help­ing Cas­tro over the last month, but Corzo said of­fi­cials were un­aware that he had a de­por­ta­tion order pend­ing.

Cas­tro and the boy’s mother, Dawn San­der­son, are mar­ried but no longer to­gether. Cas­tro — who ac­cord­ing to San­der­son’s mother had been awarded cus­tody of the boy — said he hoped to re­turn to the U.S. legally with Anthony in the fu­ture.

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