Two Aboriginal men, who were found guilty of committing serious crimes, are fighting deportation following the cancellation of their Australian visas last year.
These aboriginal men – Brendan Thoms and Daniel Love – with one Australian parent and one overseas parent were given birth to overseas, none of them has Australian citizenship.
Thoms is a citizen of New Zealand while Love is a citizen of Papua New Guinea. They were jailed last year for committing serious crimes, and their Australian visas were canceled.
Following the cancellation of their visas, authorities in Australia are looking to remove Love and Thoms from the country but the pair is not letting go without a fight, hence the final decision about their deportation order is now down to the High Court which will declare whether aboriginal people can be seen as strangers and then deported from Australia.
It is wrong morally as well as unlawful to remove these men from Australia, their lawyer – Claire Gibbs – said. She argued that the pair have a genuine aboriginal connection – aboriginal parents and aboriginal children – and they schooled and worked in Australia. She said it is odd to see the pair detained and threatened with deportation.
Speaking for themselves, the men said they cannot be seeing as immigrants under the Migration Act, gave their strong connection to the country which they proved self-identification, descent and community acceptance.
Their fate is now in the hands of the High Court.
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