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9year old facing deportation

Post by Ria on Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:45 am


Jesika has lived here since she was two. Now she’s being asked to leave because of her disability.
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Jesika Bowers is a happy little girl with a wicked sense of humour.

The nine-year-old loves attending her school at Mount Barker in South Australia, playing with her big brother Aiden and visiting the zoo.
Although her mother Jennifer Jungfer is Canadian, the two children have been living in Australia for almost seven years, and Jesika’s stepfather Bart is an Aussie.

But despite all this, Jesika has just been told she has to leave Australia within four weeks – or she’ll face deportation.

According to her mother, that decision is all because the little girl lives with Angelmans Syndrome – a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by intellectual and developmental disability, sleep disturbance, seizures and frequent smiling.

And apparently, the Immigration Department thinks the little year four student “would be a burden to the Australian taxpayer” if she stayed.
For the full story:
http://www.mamamia.com.au/disabled-child-deported/
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