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Student To Be Deported: Mother Tells Of Shock
The mother of a teenage student who is set to be deported from Britain to Mauritius on Sunday has told Sky News she has been left devastated by the Home Office's decision.
Yashika Bageerathi, 19, has been told she will fly back to the Indian Ocean island at 5pm on Mother's Day without her family.
Her mother Sowbhagyawatee Bageerathi told Sky News: "She rang me again and she started crying, and then she told me she has to go on a flight on Sunday.
"I was shocked. I said 'What Sunday?' She said 'this Sunday'.
"And then I said 'Are you joking because this is Mother's Day?'"
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 Oasis Academy Hadley, in Enfield, north London, where she was described as a first-class student, until she was detained at Yarl's Wood immigration detention centre in Bedfordshire 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.
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."
She said the plight of the teenager had gone through the "proper process" and she would not be stepping in to prevent her deportation.
It seemed she had been given a last minute reprieve on Tuesday, when British Airways appeared to refuse to allow her to board a flight from Gatwick Airport, but the airline would not comment on this.
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.
A petition by the students calling on Ms May to stop the deportation and allow the student to complete her A-levels has collected more than 140,000 signatures.