Southgate MP David Burrowes took the fight to stop a Palmers Green schoolgirl from being deported to the House of Commons.
Oasis Academy’s Yashika Bageerathi, 19, of Fox Lane in Palmers Green was faced with the trauma of being deported to Mauritius alone yesterday after coming to the UK with her family in 2012.
But in a situation similar to the first attempts to deport her last Tuesday, March 25, she was stopped from boarding the plane with many claiming that Air Mauritius would not take her back.
Today, Mr Burrowes raised the subject in the House of Commons urging minister James Brokenshire to step in to release Yashika from Yarl’s Wood detention centre in Bedfordshire where she has been kept for two weeks.
Mr Burrowes said: “Her plight has been championed by the students at Oasis Academy Hadley school and by over 170,000 people in an online petition. They want her back to continue her studies and to complete her A levels in May.
“Given that Home Office policy says specifically that someone who is three months away from sitting a major exam will not be removed, will the Minister order the release of Yashika today and allow common sense and compassion to prevail?”
Mr Brokenshire claimed that the Theresa May would not intervene because of the decision being upheld in the courts.
He said: “The decision has been upheld and supported by the courts. Given those circumstances and the extent and level of judicial and other scrutiny, the Home Secretary has indicated that she does not feel that it is appropriate to intervene. That remains our position.”
Solicitors of Yashika are at a tribunal court in a bid to secure an injunction to allow her to complete her A level exams.
Mr Burrowes believes that the ruling that someone who is three months away from sitting a major exams cannot be removed should be crucial in this case.
He said: “We will fight on and Yashika should be allowed to complete her A levels given the policy of the Home Office.”