A Filipina migrant worker and her Israeli-born son were deported from Israel after a last-ditch legal attempt failed, AFP quoted a children's rights group and authorities on Tuesday August 13th. Around 600 workers from the Philippines risk being deported due to losing residency status, activists said. Some are in violation of residency laws because they have started families in Israel.
The families and their supporters claim that sending children to a nation they have never been to before and the language of which they do not speak, is inhumane.
Immigration officials detained Rosemarie Perez and her 13-year-old Israeli-born son Rohan last week. An appeals court upheld the order for their deportation and on Sunday they were escorted to Ben-Gurion airport, Beth Franco of the UCI United Children of Israel association said.
Despite their lawyer’s last-minute efforts, they were returned to Ben-Gurion airport and flown to Manila via Bangkok, Franco said.
Migrants workers and Israeli supporters protested against the deportation of Israeli-born children last week. Israel seeks to keep Israel a national homeland for Jews with a Jewish majority, which makes the matter of dealing with migrants starting families contentious.