MEDIA ALERT UPDATE 30 Sept: LABOR SENATOR AND CATHOLIC BISHOP OPPOSE DEPORTATION OF VIETNAMESE MOTHER

Labor Senator Gavin Marshall will speak at an urgent solidarity protest at the Federal Circuit Court (305 William st, Melbournetomorrow, Monday 1st of October at 8:30 am to oppose the impending deportation Vietnamese Catholic asylum seeker, Huyen Tran. If Huyen is deported she faces indefinite separation from her baby Isabella and husband Paul.
Bishop Vincent Long, a Vietnamese Bishop of Parramatta in NSW has also called on Minister Dutton to “release Huyen and Isabella from detention, and allow for their permanent protection here in Australia.” Bishop Long’s letter is attached.
Other speakers at the protest will include Paul Lee, Huyen’s husband, Huong Truong, Greens MLC for Western Metropolitan Region and Father Peter, Huyen’s Priest.
Huyen Tran is facing the Federal Circuit Court to argue that her International Treaties Obligation Assessment (ITOA) should be reviewed. Huyen fled anti-Catholic persecution in Vietnam in 2011, and has never had an opportunity to make a statutory refugee claim.
Border Force attempted to deport Huyen in January this year, when she was 8 months pregnant. A nurse intervened to stop the deportation when Huyen was already on the aircraft. Since then Border Force has held Huyen in Broadmeadows detention centre. She gave birth to her daughter Isabella in March, who is stateless, and a dependent on the 457 visa of her father, Paul, a Mauritius Chinese mechanic.

“Peter Dutton does not need a court decision to stop the deportation of Huyen. All it took to help his friends’ and Coalition donors’ au pairs with visas was a text message. He could do the same for Huyen, and prevent indefinite separation from her baby Isabella, and her husband Paul, and a dangerous return to anti-Catholic persecution in Vietnam for Huyen,” said Lucy Honan from the Refugee Action Collective.

For more information see video here: https://www.facebook.com/racvic/videos/269846426972035/
Contact Lucy Honan from the Refugee Action Collective, 0404728104
Bishop Long re Huyen letter here