25 May 2012, 2107 hrs IST, AGENCIES
„It’s a tragic humanitarian issue and should be treated by the US with utmost compassion“, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai told reporters .
He said the Indian Consulate in San Francisco had written to concerned US authorities on the issue but was yet to get any response from them.
Shepherd, who has said that deportation would be like „death sentence“ to her, under US laws can’t be sent back toIndia unless Indian government provides necessary travel documents for her.
„Before carrying out a deportation, ICE (US Immigration and Customs
Enforcement) must first obtain a travel documentto ensure the receiving country will admit the alien who is being returned,“ ICE spokesperson Lori K Haley told PTI without commenting on the deportation case of Shepherd.