Student deportation 'must go ahead'

Banbury Cake: Yashika Bageerathi is facing deportation to Mauritius Yashika Bageerathi is facing deportation to Mauritius

Immigration Minister James Brokenshire insisted today that a Mauritian student must be deported as her sobbing mother watched on.

The Conservative said all the facts of the case involving 19-year-old Yashika Bageerathi had been considered but were not deemed to be of the "exceptional nature" required for intervention.

A-level student Yashika, whose case has sparked a petition that has attracted around 155,000 signatures, has been detained at Yarl's Wood immigration centre, near Bedford, on a number of occasions and was due to be deported on Mother's Day but her removal was deferred.

Mr Brokenshire remained steadfast on the controversial decision despite pleas from fellow MPs to show "compassion" as he appeared before the Commons Home Affairs select committee.

A tearful Mrs Bageerathi appeared briefly before the committee, breaking down as she told the committee: "I saw her (on) Mother's Day."

She called for the minister to free her daughter from Yarl's Wood, adding "it's not a place for her, it's a place that is cruel".

David Burrowes, Tory MP for Enfield Southgate, who has campaigned for the Home Office to review its decision, said the minister had not considered his representations about the case.

"What I saw was a predetermined decision having been made," he said. "We were concerned in these details that really affect lives that there is proper compassion and fairness."

He added: "We need to look humanely at every individual case at every point right up to the very end. I don't believe this has happened here."

The first of Yashika's examinations starts on May 14 and the final one will be held on June 23, the committee was told.

Lynne Dawes, headteacher of the Oasis Academy Hadley, north London, said the teenager had had a 100% attendance record but, despite continuing to study while detained in Yarl's Wood, her grades have slipped.

She told the MPs she had stood surety for Yashika, who had gone to every signing on session she was required to.

Ms Dawes said: "I'm very, very concerned. I know she is 19 but she is quite a quiet, reserved young 19 year old. She's finding it very, very difficult. I know she is significantly younger than the other women there so she spends most of her time away from the other women in her room."

Promising student Yashika came to the UK to escape a relative who was physically abusive and claimed asylum last summer.

The committee heard that Yashika 's age means she is not protected by deportation rules that protect children sitting examinations.

Mandie Campbell, director general of immigration enforcement at the Home Office, who considered the case, said: "The guidance was designed specifically for children going through an education process."

Mr Brokenshire suggested there would be a risk of Yashika absconding if she was released from the detention centre.

He added: "We are obviously considering this case. Given that I've been clear on saying that I don't think it is appropriate for ministers, and the Home Secretary has equally made that point, for us to intervene therefore we believe that deportation should proceed."

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7:53pm Tue 1 Apr 14

cath 872 says...

How come we can't deport wannabe terrorists and jihadists but a 19 year old girl is going to be sent back to her country even though she has hurt no-one?
How come we can't deport wannabe terrorists and jihadists but a 19 year old girl is going to be sent back to her country even though she has hurt no-one? cath 872
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8:43pm Tue 1 Apr 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

Nice to see the government has grown a pair, bye bye Yashika Bageerathi.
that's one less leech to look after with my taxes.
Nice to see the government has grown a pair, bye bye Yashika Bageerathi. that's one less leech to look after with my taxes. NO EINSTEIN
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10:00pm Tue 1 Apr 14

jimmysmith says...

NO EINSTEIN wrote:
Nice to see the government has grown a pair, bye bye Yashika Bageerathi.
that's one less leech to look after with my taxes.
well said einstein and if her mothers that concerned ,well she should go with her .at the end of the day we are only an island and all this mass immigration cannot continue ,its high time the government started to clamp down on it
[quote][p][bold]NO EINSTEIN[/bold] wrote: Nice to see the government has grown a pair, bye bye Yashika Bageerathi. that's one less leech to look after with my taxes.[/p][/quote]well said einstein and if her mothers that concerned ,well she should go with her .at the end of the day we are only an island and all this mass immigration cannot continue ,its high time the government started to clamp down on it jimmysmith
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10:06pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Adam Walker says...

She should be followed by many millions more. We need to shut the door. Britain is full. Its time to reverse the ethnic cleansing of our people in their homeland brought on by the traitors in Westminster. A BNP government would do a far better job in my eyes. Diversity = white genocide.
She should be followed by many millions more. We need to shut the door. Britain is full. Its time to reverse the ethnic cleansing of our people in their homeland brought on by the traitors in Westminster. A BNP government would do a far better job in my eyes. Diversity = white genocide. Adam Walker
  • Score: 2

10:27pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Old Uncle says...

Maybe we should start checking everyone's genealogy. If you are descended from Angles or Saxon invaders or those in the Norman conquest who were not celtic, then perhaps you should be deported. After that, lets start looking at anyone else who is not a direct descendant of King Arthur or comes from a family of a practicing druid and start deporting them.
Maybe we should start checking everyone's genealogy. If you are descended from Angles or Saxon invaders or those in the Norman conquest who were not celtic, then perhaps you should be deported. After that, lets start looking at anyone else who is not a direct descendant of King Arthur or comes from a family of a practicing druid and start deporting them. Old Uncle
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11:08pm Tue 1 Apr 14

iamamug says...

Well done Theresa May and James Brokenshire for at last having the balls to deport. I am aware of another illegal immigrant from Mauritius they could consider deporting who is doing a job a British person could do
Well done Theresa May and James Brokenshire for at last having the balls to deport. I am aware of another illegal immigrant from Mauritius they could consider deporting who is doing a job a British person could do iamamug
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11:45am Wed 2 Apr 14

fairness4all says...

She's an adult and should be able to look after herself in Mauritius. Her asylum claim doesn't have any asylum ground and if this is accepted then we have to accept and feed the people around the world who's threatened by a relative (mother, father, brother, cousin etc., the list goes on) on asylum grounds.

Her last excuse is also gone as she will be deported with her family.

I salute Brokenshire and May for standing their grounds and not giving in to this PR campaign by Human right lawyers.
She's an adult and should be able to look after herself in Mauritius. Her asylum claim doesn't have any asylum ground and if this is accepted then we have to accept and feed the people around the world who's threatened by a relative (mother, father, brother, cousin etc., the list goes on) on asylum grounds. Her last excuse is also gone as she will be deported with her family. I salute Brokenshire and May for standing their grounds and not giving in to this PR campaign by Human right lawyers. fairness4all
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3:17pm Wed 2 Apr 14

jimmysmith says...

Old Uncle wrote:
Maybe we should start checking everyone's genealogy. If you are descended from Angles or Saxon invaders or those in the Norman conquest who were not celtic, then perhaps you should be deported. After that, lets start looking at anyone else who is not a direct descendant of King Arthur or comes from a family of a practicing druid and start deporting them.
if you feel that strongly about it well go with her .its a nice country its warm and pleasant with lots to eat and drink etc not like here wet and cold ,But and its a big but .over there you will have to work theres no dole or sick pay free housing doctors dentists schools etc ,eh i beg your pardon ,whats that you said ? oh you aint going now . i wonder why ?
[quote][p][bold]Old Uncle[/bold] wrote: Maybe we should start checking everyone's genealogy. If you are descended from Angles or Saxon invaders or those in the Norman conquest who were not celtic, then perhaps you should be deported. After that, lets start looking at anyone else who is not a direct descendant of King Arthur or comes from a family of a practicing druid and start deporting them.[/p][/quote]if you feel that strongly about it well go with her .its a nice country its warm and pleasant with lots to eat and drink etc not like here wet and cold ,But and its a big but .over there you will have to work theres no dole or sick pay free housing doctors dentists schools etc ,eh i beg your pardon ,whats that you said ? oh you aint going now . i wonder why ? jimmysmith
  • Score: 2
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