A British family has filed a complaint with the the Department of Homeland Security over their detention by U.S. immigration officials after crossing the United States border while vacationing in British Columbia, Canada earlier this month, the family's lawyers said on Tuesday.
There, Eileen said her son was subjected to squalid and frigid conditions, leaving him with blotchy skin and a possible eye infection.
At first the young family said they were separated - with David Connors being held in a male-only cell, and Eileen Connors and their infant son in a women's cell. 'They had no idea they were even in the United States.
"They may not be back in the United Kingdom until the New Year".
CTV News tried contacting the Connors family through Cambria to elaborate on how and why they crossed into the United States, but has not heard back despite multiple attempts.
She did not know what kind of animal was in the road.
ICE officials did confirm to the Post that the family is in custody, but disputes that the conditions are as bad as they have said.
Their rental vehicle was spotted on surveillance by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and was pulled over.
Many federal workers were off Monday for the holiday.
Berks is one of three detention centers for migrant families the U.S., while the other two are in Texas near the Mexico border.
Formally known as the Berks County Residential Centre, the low-security lockup opened about 120km north-west of Philadelphia in 2001.
"We have been treated unfairly from day one".
The family's attorney, Bridget Cambria, of Aldea, the People's Justice Center, said the couple had been driving south of Vancouver on 3 October when they took a detour to avoid an animal on the road. Last June, a French citizen visiting her mother in British Columbia was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol after jogging on the beach near the border of Vancouver and Blaine, Wash.
David and Michael Connors were immediately arrested, she said, despite their protestations of innocence.
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Stopped in their auto, the family were told that they had crossed an worldwide border and they would not be allowed to proceed further or return to Canada.
Eileen Connors says in the complaint there were no proper sleeping facilities, forcing her and her baby to sleep on the floor.
A second CBP official told CNN that the two adult men in the group had previously applied to enter the U.S. under the ESTA Visa Waiver Program, but had their applications refused in March 2018.
"To be treated like this is just insane", they wrote, adding that they had visited the United States many times previously for holidays.
The Connors family was taken into federal immigration custody in Washington state on October 3 and slept on what they describe as "a dirty floor" in a border patrol station.
Later, the husband was taken to a detention centre in Tacoma, Washington, while his wife and their baby son were taken to a budget hotel near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, according to the complaint.
"This has been a nightmare, especially for the baby", the Connors wrote in an email to BBC Washington correspondent Chris Buckler on Tuesday. She had nowhere to boil water for her baby, relying on a microwave.
"I thought, finally we're going home".
"We will be traumatized for the rest of our lives by what the United States government has done to us", she wrote. They arrived at the Berks centre on Oct 5.
"When I ask how I am supposed to keep my baby warm in this disgusting cold, all they tell me is to put a hat on him", Mrs Connors said in the statement. Still, she wrote that the experience will haunt them. The bathrooms are dirty and broken, she said.
An ICE officer told her that if the couple wished, they could allow the baby to be separated from his parents and taken to another facility.
'We have been treated like criminals here, stripped of our rights, and lied to. "It is not right", Connors wrote.
"We have been traumatised and it has even damaged our relationship. This would never happen in the United Kingdom to U.S. citizens, or anyone else, because people there are treated with dignity".