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Minister must act now to prevent deportation of young family – Ferris

29 May, 2015 - by Martin Ferris TD

Kerry Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris has strongly criticised the Department of Justice for issuing a deportation order for a young family in Kerry, claiming the family is not economically self-sufficient. This is despite the fact that the family earn over twice what the government considers sufficient for a similar family on social welfare. 

The Ware family have three young daughters and the father, Shannon Ware is a Japanese interpreter. 

Deputy Ferris said: 

“This is a case of bureaucracy and ineptitude that will seriously harm a young family that has made a home in Ireland. The Ware family came from Canada, Mr. Ware to work as a technical Japanese interpreter. They have complied with every requirement of their visas and immigration process but now the Department of Justice says they must go. 

“The Ware family are a young, professional family that make twice what the government believes a similar family on social welfare can live on, though they claim the Wares cannot be ‘self-sufficient’ on what they make. I want to know what the government's thinking behind this is because it doesn’t make one whit of sense to me. Enda Kenny travels the world on taxpayers’ money to attract business to Ireland and when people come from abroad to facilitate that business they’re told they’re not welcome. 

“In starker contrast still is the governments work toward amnesty for undocumented Irish in America. While all will agree that this is a valuable exercise and one that Sinn Féin have pursued for many years, we cannot demand such compassion while refusing to show it ourselves. The Ware children have been told that they cannot finish their school year in Ireland but have to leave in mid-June. 

“I call on Minister Frances Fitzgerald to act without delay to stop this deportation.” 

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