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Please don't deport the mother of an 8 year old severely autistic Australian child.

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Like any other parent, Jennie will do everything to give her child a better life. Six years ago, she arrived in Australia in the hope of giving her severely autistic child named Neil Andre Tutaan (who is an Australian citizen by descent as his father is an Australian), a better chance in life.

Jennie, a Filipino, first met the father of her child through a mutual friend on August 2007. He then visited her in the Philippines on October 2007. Their relationship blossomed as days passed by. On January 2008, Jennie first visited him in Australia and lived with him for nearly three months. Before her return in the Philippines, she discovered that she was pregnant with his child. Before she left, he promised to sponsor her and the expected child on a partner visa once his divorce was finalized. 

Neil Andre Tutaan was born on 24 September 2008 in the Philippines. His Australian father provided financial support from Neil’s birth until December 2009, when he ceased all communication with Jennie and their child. She applied for tourist visas on 26 May 2009 and 16 June 2009, both of which were refused.

Neil demonstrated signs of autism for a number of years and was diagnosed on 18 January 2011. On 4 July 2011, Jennie was able to get a temporary visa through the sponsorship of another person which enabled her and and her son Neil Andre to travel and stay in Australia as a temporary resident. Unfortunately, her application for permanent residency was refused by the Department of Immigration.

Neil’s application for Australian Citizenship by descent was granted on 18 November 2013, after the family court compelled his father to undergo DNA testing. He has since been accessing his entitlement to Australian health care. Jennie appeal the refusal of her visa application but on 25 August 2014, the Tribunal upheld the refusal and referred the matter to the Ministerial Intervention Unit. A request for Ministerial Intervention was submitted by the applicant on 8 September 2014. On 5 May 2017, Jennie received a letter from the Minister that he is not intervening in her case. Jennie is now in the verge of being deported back to the Philippines as her current visa expires on the first week of June 2017.

Her child Neil Andre is non verbal, severely autistic child. He is an Australian citizen and will be facing a bleak future in the Philippines if he will be sent back in the Philippines with his mother. Neil's father is not willing to take care of the child and Jennie will have no option but to bring him in the Philippines. In the Philippines, there will be no government support available to them and this Australian child’s future will be uncertain. Autism is a developmental disability that has yet to be fully known and understood in the Philippines. Due to lack of educational and financial support, it is only the upper and middle class families who can afford to send their autistic children to special schools. Neil Andre is an Australian citizen and have the right to experience the quality of life in Australia. He is now studying in a Special School in Queensland and a beneficiary of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Program. Neil is well settled in Australia already. He is studying full time while her mother Jennie works full time. She had been paying her taxes and doing her share to contribute in the community. 

We are appealing to Minister Peter Dutton to please show compassion to this mother and child. Please do not tear this family apart. Jennie and her child had been through a lot of hardships and sending Jennie back to the Philippines with her Australian child will cause enormous hardship especially to her child who is severely autistic.

Letter to Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

The Hon. Peter Dutton, MP, we / I, _________________________ the undersigned, express our / my dismay at the possible deportation of Jennie Tutaan by the Department of Australian Immigration and request that you intervene and reverse this decision.

*This petition has been written with the consent and approval of Jennie Tutaan*

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