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New Zealand churches support Indian students facing deportation

This is the third protest in a month for the international Indian students in New Zealand facing unfair deportations.

 
Auckland: 

The Migrant Workers Association has called for a peaceful protest on October 2, 12 noon outside offices of National List MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi in Papatoetoe, Auckland.

This is the third protest in a month for the international Indian students in New Zealand facing unfair deportations.

“The students have been victims of unscrupulous immigration agents and corrupt bank officials in India as well as irresponsible private training establishments in New Zealand and a lax approach taken by Immigration New Zealand for the visa approval process. It is cruel and unfair to punish the students for something they have not done,” said a press release from the workers association.

The statement said there has been outstanding support and solidarity for the students from The Catholic Church in Aotearoa, The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, NZ Council of Trade Unions, leading barristers, The Labour party of NZ, The Green Party of NZ, many trade unions, Socialist organisations, activists, community groups and members of civil society.

“Despite that the Minister of Immigration has refused to meet the students and their supporters in person,” it added.

The students and their supporters are particularly incensed at the failure of several National MPs of Indian ethnic origin who claim to represent the Indian community but have been conspicuously silent on this issue.

This was apparent during the protest held on Sep 26 outside a public meeting hosted by National List MP Dr Parmjeet Parmar and presented by Deputy Prime Minister Bill English.
“Neither Dr Parmar nor Mr English listened to or addressed the students facing deportation.

More alarming was the fact that the venue doors were locked from inside for what was billed a public meeting. The students’ request to be escorted in and out of the meeting by police present and deployed with Tasers at the protest was also ruthlessly declined,” the statement said.

Comparison of the Indian students with faulty fridges by National List MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi only adds to the outrage caused by Immigration New Zealand’s decision to deport the students for something they have not done.

“A significant number of international Indian students reside in South Auckland especially in Papatoetoe. The majority has been silent about the deportations. The Indian students facing deportation need solidarity from these students,” the statement said urging them to join the Oct 2 protestto seek justice for the Indian students facing deportation and to show solidarity to all international students in New Zealand.

Source: Scoop

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