News/US: INS Delays Return of Thai Toddler

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Subject: News/US: INS Delays Return of Thai Toddler
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed May 10 2000 - 08:57:47 EDT


INS Delays Return of Thai Toddler
May 4, 2000

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 2-year-old Thai boy believed to have been used as a
prop in a human cargo smuggling operation can remain in the United States
while authorities try to ensure that he isn't abused after he returns home.

Thursday's planned deportation was delayed to give Thai authorities time to
"make the appropriate arrangement for the child's return," said Thomas J.
Schiltgen, director of the Immigration and Naturalization Service's Los
Angeles district office. "INS is extremely concerned about the well-being
of the boy."

The toddler flew into Los Angeles on April 11 under an assumed name. He was
accompanied by a man and woman claiming to be his parents. They were
deported after an inspector discovered their fraudulent passports.

Immigration officials have said the couple apparently used the toddler as a
decoy to pretend they were coming to the United States for a vacation.

Schiltgen did not indicate how long the child would remain in the United
States.

Chanchanit Martorell, executive director of the Thai Community Development
Center, said it could be a week before he is returned to Thailand.

The boy is staying with the family of a social worker from the center. The
group sought a deportation delay out of concern the child may have gotten
caught up with a smuggling ring.

"I'm concerned that the boy is going to be rented out again and trafficked
to yet another country," Martorell said.
Melanie Orhant <<morhant@igc.org>>
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