Mum faces deportation after living 37 of 40 years in Australia
The teenage daughter of a Kiwi woman who has lived in Australia for 37 years is pleading with the government to prevent her mother's deportation.
Angela Russell was serving her jail sentence for a theft conviction when she was told her visa had been terminated and that she'd face deportation back to her birth nation, New Zealand.
The recent law reforms that came into play last year permit the deportation of individuals on grounds of serious cases such as sex offenders, killers and drug traffickers.
But the 40-year-old mother of two, has been deported on grounds of "character" by Australian Border Security.
Russell's other convictions for theft dated back till 2008 were also said to have been taken into consideration while making the decision.
Her lawyer Lyma Nguyen said Russell had complained about the "unpleasant circumstances" she has had to face in the detention centre.
There had been "multiple attempts of suicides" and the uncertainty of an unending detention period was driving people to despair.
"That's not an environment anybody should be in."
According to Australian news outlet NT News, 12 Kiwis are currently detained in the detention centre following reforms by the Australian government's Migration Act in July this year.
Her 16-year-old daughter Breanna hopes her mother doesn't have to face deportation and is currently staying alone in Queensland.
"I don't want her to be sent to New Zealand, she has lived in Australia since she was three, all of her family is here," she toldNT News.
"I miss her so much."
But the teenager told the news outlet that if her mother is deported she will not be following her mum.
"My life is here but not seeing her makes me sad," she said.
Hundreds of criminals living in Australia also face similar fate including and will be dropped on our shores over the next five years. Like Russell, many of these criminals also have also lived for several years across the ditch.
According to a recent report, 119 convicts were deported to New Zealand this year alone as a result of the law change.
- Sunday Star Times