Milton Keynes woman appeals for her carer to stay in the UK at tribunal

Court news SUS-150126-112417001
Court news SUS-150126-112417001

A Milton Keynes woman suffering from multiple sclerosis pleaded with a judge to overule a Home Office decision to deport her carer to the Philippines.

The woman made her plea from her wheelchair at Birmingham Immigration and Asylum Tribunal as Alma Mae Ydagdag, of Tattenhoe, appealed against the deportation decision.

The tribunal was told that Mrs Ydagdag came to the UK in 2010 on a student’s visa which was extended to 2014.

But Mrs Ydagdag was told by the Home Office that she faced deportation back to her home country in the Philippines because her visa had now expired.

Tribunal judge Paul Heatherington was told that Mrs Ydagdag was now a carer and was looking after the multiple sclerosis sufferer.

The woman who did not want her name published, said Mrs Ydagdag helped to look after her and that she would miss her care if she was sent back to the Philippines.

“She does a lot for me,” said the woman.

Mrs Ydagdag said she was no longer married and was in relationship with a man in Milton Keynes who was a British Citizen.

“I am now settled in Milton Keynes and I am happy being a carer,” she said. “I do not want to go back home.”

A Home Office official who did not want her name published, told Mr Heatherington that Mrs Ydagdag was not the only carer looking after the patient.

“Others go to her home and Mrs Ydagdag has a son in the Philippines,” said the official. “The Home Office sees no reason why the appellant should not be sent back to her country.”

Mr Heatherington said he would make a decision at a later date.

In another tribunal case an unmarried Muslim mother of two in Milton Keynes applied for asylum after warning she would be “hunted down and killed” by a family member if she was sent back home.

She told the tribunal she came to the UK a few years ago from Pakistan to escape from taking part in an arranged marriage.

She said she started living with a man in Milton Keynes and had two children but complained the Home Office wanted to send her back home.

“According to Muslim law I have bought shame to my family by being unmarried with two children and living with a man,” she said. “A member of my family back home knows what I have done and has warned, through other members of my family, that he will hunt me down and kill me if I return to Pakistan.”

A Home Office official who did not want his name published, questioned whether the woman’s claims were true.

The tribunal which said her name and address should not be identified, is to make a decision at a later date.