Mum takes next step in deportation fight

A Brisbane-based Filipino woman is battling to stay in with her 8-year-old son, Giro.A Filipino woman trying to keep her family together will take the next step in her fight against deportation from .
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Brisbane-based Bernadette Romulo will meet with government officials on Thursday as she tries to ensure she won’t have to leave behind her eight-year-old n-born son Giro.

Giro cannot leave with his mother if she is deported to the Philippines due to partial custody arrangements with his Filipino-n father.

“My boy cries himself to sleep every night and having nightmares, knowing we will soon be leaving him behind,” Ms Romulo wrote in a petition earlier this month.

She met with immigration officials on May 8, the day her bridging visa expired, fearing she and her overseas-born daughters – half-sisters to Giro – would be deported after 11 years living in .

But Ms Romulo, who originally arrived in on a 457 visa, was given some renewed hope with another bridging visa extension until this week.

More than 33,000 people have signed a change老域名出售 petition started by Ms Romulo titled ‘Peter Dutton: Please don’t tear my family apart’.

As part of the petition, Ms Romulo recorded a tearful plea begging the Home Affairs Minister to let her stay with her son.

She has told AAP her six years of fighting for permanent residency was all about staying together as a family.

“If we get deported, it doesn’t matter as much, as long as we can keep my son,” she said.

Mr Dutton’s office previously said he’s not handling the case and the matter is with Assistant Home Affairs Minister Alex Hawke.

Mr Hawke’s office says the case has already been comprehensively assessed by the department and the assistant minister only intervenes in a “relatively small number of cases”.

“Child custody matters are beyond the scope of this department and are addressed through the appropriate jurisdiction of family law,” it said in a statement.

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