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Five-year-old blind girl to be deported back to SA, described as a ‘burden’ to New Zealand’s services

Just a reminder that a group of highly-paid, well-respected adults made this decision. What is it with this planet?

Five-year-old blind girl to be

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Caitlyn Davies also suffers from global development delay and other chronic medical conditions along with her blindness. Immigration NZ have used this against her, and have left the family reeling.

First reported in the NZ Herald, the girl’s parents were appealing the decision originally imposed on them last year. However, this has been turned down by the High Court judge, Justice Gerald Nation, during the weekend.

Immigration NZ believe that Caitlyn’s medical conditions mean she will be a ‘burden’ on their health system, and upholding the original decision to send her back to South Africa “maintains the integrity of the law.”

Interesting what passes for ‘integrity’ these days, hey?

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Jonathan Davies is Caitlyn’s father, and he arrived in New Zealand from South Africa in 2015, after securing himself a one-year work visa to manage a farm. A few months later, Caitlyn, her younger brother and her mother (Mr Davies’ wife) arrived in the town of Geraldine, Canterbury.

In May 2016, Jonathan was granted a further one-year work visa, while his wife and son were granted concurrent work and visitor visas too.

But Immigration NZ declined to grant Caitlyn a visitor visa because, in the words of a consulting medical assessor:

“Caitlyn’s global development delay, blindness and chronic medical conditions were deemed likely to impose significant costs and/or demands on the New Zealand health system. [The decision was made] to maintain the integrity of the New Zealand immigration system”.

Other reasons for deportation heard at the tribunal included the argument that, although she faces “challenging” circumstances, she does not face “an exceptional humanitarian crisis” if she were to return.

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Lawyer for the family Andrew Riches is vowing to fight for the Davies’ right to keep their daughter with them

“Sending her back to South Africa is just not an option for them. it’s just too dangerous. The girl had started making some good progress in New Zealand, and from what I understand, the South African system sees disabled people as a burden on society and wants to move them out of the way.”

They are now considering a further appeal, in the hope that Immigration NZ will alter their decision based on different circumstances.