Queensland, Australia — Tyrone Sevilla is a 10-year-old boy who was diagnosed with autism at age three. He was brought by his mother, Maria, to Australia with her when he was just two years old. Earlier this year they were told that Tyrone can not stay in the country because he was deemed a ‘burden to the society’ because of his developmental condition.
But now Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says that the young boy could stay.
Just last month, a 4,000-page petition was submitted to the Australian Immigration Minister, asking for his intervention, after Tyrone was given an April 27 deadline to leave the country.
Mr. Dutton has decided to overturn that decision.
“I looked at the case and I have determined we will provide these people with a permanent arrangement and permanent outcome in Australia and I think that’s good for them.”
“I’m very pleased we can provide the assistance to a young boy who is in need of medical and educational support and as a generous country that’s what we do.”
According to Mr. Dutton, Tyrone and his mother will now be granted permanent visas, and the young boy will no longer have to be deported. During an interview with ABC Local Radio, Ms. Sevilla said that she is yet to receive any official documentation from the Australian Immigration Minister, but said:
“…I’m really hopeful and really excited about this good news.”
“It’s just probably a matter of days or [a] few weeks until we get those official documents.
“I just don’t want to jump the gun and celebrate today knowing that I have to submit all that documentation, and I don’t have the official documentation that we are really allowed to stay here in Australia permanently.”
“It’s been like a rollercoaster ride, but we were lucky, we had plenty of people supporting us, so it became bearable.”
Just last month, Tyrone’s friend pleaded before panelists at the Australian Q&A show, asking that his friend be allowed to stay. He said:
“If he can get along with us and we can get along with him, why does he have to leave?”
Sources: Michael Koziol on Sydney Morning Herald National – Autistic boy Tyrone Sevilla allowed to stay in Australia
David Chen on ABC Online Boy with autism and mother spared from deportation after Immigration Minister Peter Dutton intervenes
Contributed by Althea Estrella Violeta