Auckland-  Few anti immigrants groups threaten to attack  the Solidarity Rally organised by  deportee   Indian students and their supporters. Police beefed up the  security of rally in Auckland to avoid law and order issue.The  deportee students and their supporters are gathering today( Feb 11) for a solidarity rally  on  3pm outside Auckland Unitarian Church, 1a Ponsonby Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland at 3pm

While there has been some positive news today whereby the Associate Minister of Immigration is looking at the students’ cases and no action will be taken against the students until next week, this is far from what the students have demanded since May 2016. Students demand cancellation of deportation orders, permission to complete education and permission to apply for one year work search visa.

 Migrant Workers Association leader  Anu  Kaloti  told to “IndiaNZherald” that, ” this  solidarity rally is intends  for reviewing the   deportation   order  for  Indian Students facing deportation. The Students have been in sanctuary at the Auckland Unitarian Church since Waitangi Day, Mon 6 Feb 2017.” There is also an online petition requesting Minister Michael Woodhouse to show compassion and cancel the deportation orders

Meanwhile  Kanwaljith Bhakshi MP a Nationalist MP  based in Manukau East advised  to deportee students that,  9 deportee  students to  go back to India on voluntarily, as it make worsen the situation if they wish to stay illegally in New Zealand .  The interview with Kanwaljith Bhakshi a couple of months ago, he compared overseas students to “faulty fridges” that should be sent back to where they came from. After few days he  said  that  his comments had been “misinterpreted”

Photo / Jason Oxenham

However  Andrew Little, the Labour party leader   visited deportee students and offered support of Labour party,  at Unitarian Church Auckland , where deportee students have been in Sancturary from 6th Feb. Andrew Little   promised to students that  he will make a last-ditch appeal to the Government not to deport a group of Indian students over fraudulent documents submitted by their immigration agents. He consider this issue as political not in beurocratic

 Green party  also showed a compassionate  approach to deportee students, as  their one of the Members of Parliament  Denise Roche approached to immigration minister to review deportee students issue in a compassionate background.

In the last few days there has been ever growing support for the Students from members of the general public in New Zealand and further afield. Donations of food and meals have been overwhelming. .

 

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