Williams said she is also taking into account that Romero is appealing her deportation with the federal Board of Immigration Appeals.
An ICE spokesman declined to comment.
Charles Kuck, a local immigration attorney who teaches law at Emory University, said it is “highly unusual for a consulate to refuse to issue a travel document, especially in the Trump era when he has issued executive orders that seek to punish countries that refuse to accept their nationals.”
“It must be a very grave situation indeed.”
Romero entered the country illegally 20 years ago. The government sent her three notices to appear in Immigration Court, but she never showed up, so she was ordered deported in absentia. Her attorney, according to Cristian, obtained records through the federal Freedom of Information Act that show she never received those notices and that they were returned to the sender.
Cristian, who was brought to America when he was seven, is being temporarily shielded from deportation by the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Removals Program, or DACA. Two of his three sisters also participate in the program. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday about President Donald Trump's efforts to rescind that program. A ruling is expected next year.
“We are fearful for her life because we know that she is supposed to be watched for the next four years for her cancer,” Cristian said of his mother. “We don’t think she will be able to get the care she needs over there” in Honduras.