Vietnamese asylum seeker pleads to stay in Australia with baby daughter


Source: The Guardian

A Vietnamese asylum seeker faces an anxious wait to learn if a Melbourne judge will support her proposed deportation and separation from her baby daughter.

Huyen Tran, 29, arrived in Australia on a boat in 2011 after fleeing religious persecution in her home country. She has spent almost a year in detention and, in that time, gave birth to her daughter, Isabella, who is six months old.

“If I would be deported to Vietnam I could be sent to jail or even killed,” Tran said through an interpreter in Melbourne’s federal circuit court on Monday. “I don’t want that to happen because if I was killed my daughter wouldn’t have a mother.”

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