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Student Facing Deportation: "I Just Want Mum"
Student Yashika Bageerathi has told Sky News she wants to be with her mum as her school makes a last-ditch appeal to stop her being deported from Britain to Mauritius.
The 19-year-old has been told she will fly back to the Indian Ocean island at 5pm on Mother's Day without her family.
Speaking to Sky News over the phone from Yarl's Wood immigration detention centre in Bedfordshire, Miss Bageerathi said: "I just want to be with my mum right now and celebrate Mother's Day as we do every year because I know she is very special to me."
Oasis Academy Hadley school in Enfield, north London, said it will make a final application to overturn the deportation order at the High Court this morning.
Lawyers have already had one appeal fail, a spokesman for the school said.
Meanwhile, shadow immigration minister David Hanson said he will contact the Home Office asking them to review the decision.
The MP tweeted: "I am contacting the home office minister to intervene personally in #yashika case to ask for urgent further review."
More than 40 people gathered in London on Saturday afternoon to protest against Miss Bageerathi's deportation.
The demonstrators, mainly sixth form students and teachers from the teenager's school, held banners and sang songs in protest in Parliament Square.
Miss Bageerathi came to the UK in 2011 with her mother and two younger siblings to escape alleged physical abuse by a relative, and claimed asylum in the summer of 2013.
She had been attending the Oasis Academy Hadley school, where she was described as a first-class student, until she was detained at Yarl's Wood on March 19.
It was hoped she would be released on bail from the centre this week, a campaign backed by her MP, David Burrowes who represents Enfield Southgate, and the teenager's school principal, Lynne Dawes.
The campaign was dealt a blow on Tuesday evening when her mother, brother and sister were told they also faced the threat of deportation after receiving a letter from the Home Office telling the mother she had no grounds for appeal.
On Thursday, Home Secretary Theresa May said it would not be appropriate to "interfere" with the case.
Ms May told Sky News: "Yashika's two claims to appeal against the decision on her asylum claims have been dealt with by the judges, they've been looked at by the judges and I don't think it's appropriate for a politician to interfere in that legal process."