The lawyer for a group of Indian students deported from New Zealand over fake visas has slammed Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for her silence after she promised to help them should Labour win the 2017 election.
In February 2017, 150 Indian students were issued deportation notices after an Indian immigration agency used fraudulent supporting documents in their visas, unbeknownst to the students.
Immigration New Zealand said the students were responsible for the fake documents and issued deportation notices due to adverse character. The Ombudsman upheld the decision in 2018.
Ardern and then-Labour leader Andrew Little posed for photos with the students during a visit to the Auckland Unitarian Church, where the students were staying.
Oh oh oh. The poor students. They thought Jacinda and Andrew doing a photo op with them, meant they actually cared about them and would do something to help them. No, no, no. It was about the publicity.
Ardern slammed the National-led government for its decision and promised to help the students should Labour gain power, Alastair McClymont, a specialist immigration lawyer for a group of the students, said.
18 months in and what has been done?
Despite winning the election and being sworn in as Prime Minister, McClymont said Ardern then went silent on her promise.
He sounds surprised.