New Zealand Labour Party

Minister must stop family being broken up

Labour is calling on Associate Immigration Minister Craig Foss to intervene and use his discretion to stop the Mahon family being split up by an uncaring decision, Labour’s Immigration spokesperson Sue Moroney says.

“Immigration New Zealand has denied three-year-old Liam Mahon a visa because he has a rare genetic condition. However, they have granted residency to his 13-month-old brother.

“Both Liam’s parents are entitled to live and work in New Zealand. It is inhumane not to allow their very young children to live here with them.

“Immigration NZ should not be actively splitting up families on health grounds where dependent children are involved.

“This case demonstrates the Government’s uncaring change in policy put in place late last year that stopped Ministers from using their discretion to intervene where the letter of the law brings about such unfair consequences.

“Before this change ministers personally decided on 35 per cent of cases where intervention was sought. Now they see only 3 per cent of these cases.

“Craig Foss needs to step in and keep the Mahons together,” Sue Moroney says.