Young boy pleads for his friend not to be deported just because he has autism – w/video

Maria and Tyrone Sevilla, taken from

Maria and Tyrone Sevilla, taken from

Queensland, Australia — An 11-year-old child pleaded before Australia’s Q&A show’s panelists for his 10-year-old friend not to be deported just because he has autism.

We last reported on this story back in September, our report, 9 Year old boy faces deportation back to Philippines  because of autism, can be read here.

Ethan Egart took to Q&A in a desperate attempt for his friend, Tyrone Sevilla, not to be deported back to the Philippines just because he has autism, and considered a ‘burden’ to the society.

Ethan told Q&A:

Screenshot taken from the online  video posted on the Guardian website

Screenshot taken from the online video posted on the Guardian website

“On 27 April our government is going to deport a 10-year-old boy who is perfectly normal in every way.”

“He can read and ride a bike, but he has autism. I went to after-school care with this boy and he can’t speak, but he can use sign language to communicate with us.

“If he can get along with us and we can get along with him, why does he have to leave?”

Tyrone’s mother, Maria Sevilla, is working as a nurse at the Townsville Hospital in North Queensland. She brought Tyrone to Australia when he was two and a half years old. Six months later, he was diagnosed with autism.

Sevilla is devastated by the immigration department’s regulation that deems her son a burden to the country’s health care system because of his developmental condition. She told:

“As a mother, if a parent would be in this situation, I don’t know how they would cope with hearing their son would be a burden to society, and knowing that your child won’t be able to speak up for whatever rights he has.”


Source: Melissa Davey and Helen Davidson on the Guardian website: Boy pleads with Q&A panel to stop deportation of friend with autism

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