Featured image credit: Christine Hobbs, Twitter.
A group of mums and their children are currently conducting a sit in at Parliament House in Canberra as part of the #letthemstay campaign.
According to progressive campaign group, GetUp!, “Right now there are 267 asylum seekers in Australia who Prime Minister Turnbull may send back to offshore detention camps on Manus Island and Nauru within days.”
A spokeswoman for the group, Kristy Moyle said the recent High Court ruling, which ruled that offshore processing and detention complied with Australian law, had hit a very significant chord with parents around Australia.
“It is disappointing and shameful that our leaders have failed to protect those needing refuge for so long,” she said.
“This latest move has crossed a very serious, and unacceptable line for us.
“Most of us have never met each other before and we weren’t previously affiliated with any group. But seeing these babies, children and families at risk, we couldn’t stand by any longer. We had to do something.
“Despite being busy with babies and young children, we can’t stand by while the safety of other babies and young children – and their families – are being threatened. Our leaders claim repeatedly that families are the cornerstone of our country and yet they actively seek to remove babies and young children, along with their families,from Australian soil, all as part of some political game.
“Those 37 babies were born here in Australia,” Kristy Moyle said. “And their parents are among the 267 people at risk of deportation. Parents who – just like us – want nothing in life but the best for their children and families.
The 267 asylum seekers are made up of families with young children.
— christina hobbs (@Christina_ACT) February 22, 2016