Thousands beg Australia not to deport autistic Filipino boyApril 28, 2015
Reposted from AFP News – Mon, Apr 27, 2015
A 10-year-old autistic Filipino boy made an emotional plea Monday for permission to stay in Australia, as tens of thousands called for him not to be deported despite the potential cost of his condition.
Tyrone Sevilla, who arrived in Australia from the Philippines legally as a two-year-old with his mother Maria Sevilla, has written to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton asking to stay.
The letter, which reads: “Dear Mr Dutton, can I stay in Australia please… Tyrone,” was the first one her son had written and probably the most important he would ever write, Maria said.
“With our help, he managed to sit down and write all those letters on the page. For him to sit down and do that, it’s a different Tyrone,” she told AFP.
Maria Sevilla said the letter showed her son, who does not normally communicate by speaking, understood the family’s situation after they were denied visas due to the probable cost of providing for Tyrone’s care.
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