Yashika arrived in the UK along with her mother and brother in 2012 to escape abuse and danger. In that time, Yashika has proved herself a model student of Oasis Academy Hadley and valuable member of the Enfield community. Simply because she is now over 18 she is to be torn apart from her family in the UK and deported to Mauritius without even having the chance to complete her A-levels.
Yashika Bageerathi is being held at Yarl’s Wood detention centre
She has been told she will be imminently deported alone to a country where she has neither friends nor family.
This is against Article 8 of the Human Rights Act (respect for private and family life)
Students deserve to complete their education and be rewarded for their hard work.
Please show your support for Yashika and call on the Home Office to return to her studies.
- Home Secretary and Member of Parliament for Maidenhead
Rt Hon Theresa May MP
- Home Office
The Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP, Home Secretary
- Minister for Immigration and Security
We, the undersigned, refuse to accept that this is an appropriate, compassionate or logical course of action. We call upon the Rt. Hon Theresa May MP, Home Secretary, to overturn this ruling so that Yashika can- at the very least – complete her education in the UK.
When Yashika and her family arrived in this country, they were escaping an extremely dangerous relative that the local authorities had proven unable to protect them from. Since enrolling at Oasis Academy Hadley, Yashika has made an outstanding contribution to the life of the academy. Not only is she an incredibly talented mathematician, she has spent considerable time helping to train, teach and coach younger students in the subject, transforming their learning experience. On top of all of this she has poured herself into voluntary activities, helping the Academy to win a national award in recent months.
In just a few short months, Yashika is due to sit her A-Levels. To deprive her of this would be both a personal tragedy and a huge waste of the investment in her education to date.
Furthermore, the fact that she has technically become an adult does not mean there is anything fair or just about tearing her away from her mother and siblings. Like everyone else, Yashika has a right to family life; the notion that a sixth form student is suddenly able to function in a separate country to their family is one that any parent, educationalist, youth or community worker would find absurd.
To deport Yashika at any stage would cost the UK a valuable member of society. To do so just weeks before she is about to complete her education would be an uncompassionate and illogical act of absurdity.
Yashika is an integral member of our community. She is a friend, a sister, a daughter and a much loved student. Please let her come home to Oasis Academy Hadley.
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