Monday 27-02-2017 - 22:42
Commenting on the news that Shiromini Satkunarajah and her mother have been released and will not be deported from the United Kingdom as planned, NUS Wales Deputy President Carmen Smith said:
“I am so overjoyed for Shiromini and her mother that the Home Office has finally come to its senses and withdrawn the deportation order.
“I hope that Shiromini, after some time to recover from the events of the past few days, will be able to continue her electronic engineering course at Bangor, and I wish her all the best for her exams.
“I am extremely grateful to all those who’ve stood alongside us, campaigning for the release of Shiromini and her mother: their local Member of Parliament, Hywel Williams, the Shadow Secretary of State for Wales Christina Rees, Change.org, the media, Students’ Unions across Wales, and many thousands more across the UK. This shows what good we can achieve when we work together.
“I remain of the steadfast view that deporting Shiromini would have been an absolutely disgusting thing to do. It is imperative that we value people, their skills, experiences, and cultures, whoever they are and wherever they come from.
“We must also remember the value of education, and what it can accomplish. It is with that in mind that our work is not over. We must continue to speak up for a tolerant and welcoming society, where everyone can benefit from an inclusive education, whatever their background.
“On behalf of the student movement in Wales, thank you all so much for your support.”
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