Immigration Department Will Not Deport 96-Year-Old Woman

September 2, 2011

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. deport (v.) [dih-pawrt, -pohrt] – to forcibly remove a foreign national from the country where he or she presently resides
Example: Foreigners are usually deported when their visas expire.

2. national (n.) [nash-uh-nl, nash-nuhl] – a citizen of a particular country
Example: Annie’s parents are both American nationals, but she decided to settle in London with her husband.

3. migrant (n.) [mahy-gruhnt] – a person who moves from one place to another by plan or chance
Example: Some migrants who live in different cities seek a better future.
4. visa (n.) [vee-zuh] – an official permit to enter into and travel within a particular country
Example: My boss needs to get his tourist visa before his scheduled trip to Germany.

5. red tape (n.) [red teyp] – set of procedures that are often time-consuming
Example: The government promised to eliminate the red tape in obtaining building permits.

Read the text below.

The Australian Immigration Department clarified through Minister Chris Bowen that they have not planned nor even thought of deporting Gladys Jefferson, a 96- year-old British national, who wishes to remain in Tasmania with her only living relatives.

The Australian Government earlier refused to grant Jefferson a permanent migrant visa because of her weak health condition. Her family fears she might be deported back to Britain.

However, Bowen assured the family that the government has no plans to deport Jefferson because she is legally living in Australia and still has a pending visa application before the department. Although her application for contributory parent visa was not approved, other visa options are available for her.

Nonetheless, no special treatment shall be given to her because people who want to migrate to Australia must meet the health requirement for visa approval.

In light of this situation, the Australian Greens, a political party advocating for justice and the environment, urges the government to diminish red tape in the immigration system.   

Sarah Hanson-Young, spokesperson of the party, said that the immigration system needs to change because, as the case of Jefferson shows, the government has surely lost some compassion.

Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.

Discussion A

·         Should the government limit the number of immigrants entering the country?
·         Should countries accept visa applications of foreign nationals in cases like Gladys Jefferson’s? Why or why not?

Discussion B

·         What are the advantages and disadvantages of migrating to another country?
·         Are there a lot of immigrants in your country? What are the common nationalities of immigrants there?

September 2, 2011