STOP FAMILY SEPARATION - ABOLISH DETAINMENT CENTERS

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STOP FAMILY SEPARATION - ABOLISH DETAINMENT CENTERS

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CEO. MARLEEN SINGH - Rights Reforms Indigenous Corporation started this petition to Amnesty International Australia (Amnesty International)

The laws around deportation of non-citizens for criminal offences were "extremely punitive". Jail, than detention to Deportation after remorsefully paying for your time in jail is a punishment that is belted thrice upon detainees whose visa has been cancelled under section 501.  

Cases like McHugh has surprised the nation and shattered his family and his kids who are aged between 10 - 28 years old.  

“I’ve got to be here for my kids and my grandkids, they are asking for me every day because they are used to seeing my face,” he said.

I’ve got to be here for my kids and my grandkids, they are asking for me every day. 

Australian Government takes seriously its responsibility to protect the community from non-citizens who choose to engage in criminal activity.”  However, to protect the Australian community the best interest of Australian should come to play.  Australian born children and they families should be given paramount consideration. 

Isolating kids from they guardians and additionally grandparents is raising a wrecked family and generation.  Needless to state those kids whose family has been detained experience the sentiment of injury and misfortune like that when a friends and family passes away. In what capacity can we each mend a youngster from such disarray disgrace and blame that is all the more so forced on them when a parent is incarcerated.  Incarceration/confinement completes a mess harm than fixes anything.  Mental disease is far reaching aftereffect of this to all who is affected.  Every kids need a significant association with they guardians/grandparents to progress toward becoming they extreme best.

 

Subsequently, why we attempt to quit reproducing into entomb generational injury family partition causes in a kid's life. Why we advocate for finding a medium in supporting prisoners and they families, while keeping Australia safe.  There are better cures as opposed to having a childish reformatory framework manage how a family ought to live.  Who they relatives are and who ought to be removed.

Edward McHugh has lived in Australia for more than 40 years but now faces deportation after a recent conviction, despite owning an Australian passport.

Adopted by a Queensland family at the age of six and later granted an Australian passport, Edward McHugh never thought he was anything but Australian.

But the 50-year-old, who was born in the Cook Islands, now faces deportation and being torn apart from his seven children, after the Australian government revoked his passport and told him he was in fact never a citizen.

“I grew up in Toowoomba, Mum and Dad are both Aussies, they never thought they had to do anything for me [to be a citizen] ... I thought I was Australian,” McHugh told SBS News.

But McHugh discovered that was not the case when he was informed earlier this year he was to be deported on character grounds under section 501 of the Immigration Act due to a criminal conviction.

McHugh was convicted of aggravated assault and making a threat to kill a person in February this year and was sentenced to a nine-month prison sentence. In speaking with him further - I was told he had accepted the charges although not guilty.  In talking with him further -  he had acknowledged the charges  as that is the thing that the court and legal counselors said is ideal and that they will bring down the charges.  Aggrieved by the framework he acknowledged this offer.  Which he regrets.  

He believes having served his time he doesn’t deserve to be deported for making "one mistake," he said.

He will join the more than 1,000 New Zealanders with criminal records deported from Australia in the last two years after serving time in prison. But Mr Hugh’s case is unusual in that only last year he applied for - and was granted - a passport that clearly states his nationality as “Australian”.

McHugh has been on an Absorbed Person visa, according to the department, which it said was revoked after his prison sentence.

“An Australian passport is not evidence of a person’s citizenship,” said the department, which noted passports were issued to non-citizens prior to a law change in 2005.

An Australian passport is not evidence of a person’s citizenship. 

Now that statement should create worry in all those holding Permanent Resident including those who obtained they citizenship and passport -Just like Edward that this should make us naturalized citizens.   Now imagine just like Edward in a fit of anger you said " god will strike you dead"  and that turns into charges of aggravated threat to kill"  and you find yourself stuck in a system where the best option given is to accept guilt. 

 Yes we live in a flawed system. 

"Deporting someone who had lived and worked in Australia their whole life, as an Australian, is very punitive and should not exist.

Edward has paid his time and should be released - He should have his freedom respected and he should be able to rectify his visa issues outside detainment facilities  - he should be allowed this without his family life being disrupted.  

 

It is quite heart wrenching to hear edward say: 

“I’ve got to be here for my kids and my grandkids, they are asking for me every day because they are used to seeing my face,” he said.

I’ve got to be here for my kids and my grandkids, they are asking for me every day.

 

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