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Homeless mother told to leave son in UK as she is deported to Brazil
A homeless single-mother is in turmoil after the Government ordered her to pack her bags back to her native Brazil - forcing her to leave her young son who must remain in the UK.
Thaynara Castro, 24, has spent the majority of the last seven years in this country living in Epsom but after her relationship with her British partner broke down two years ago.
She and the couple’s son, Ismael Menaa, three, became homeless and were placed in a hostel in Croydon by Epsom Council, where she said they are still living now.
Miss Castro said she applied to the Home Office for leave to remain in the country because her son, a British citizen of whom she has legal residency, cannot leave the UK for more than 28 days as his father lives here.
But despite Miss Castro’s solicitor insisting they sent the child’s birth certificate, his passport and letters from his GP to the Home Office within the given deadline, the department said it did not receive them.
Officials said they were therefore "not satisfied" that Miss Castro is Ismael’s biological mother, although they acknowledged their relationship was "genuine".
In a letter written by the Home Office on September 23 this year to Miss Casto, and seen by the Epsom Guardian, it said: "Your application for leave to remain in the UK has been refused and you no longer have any known basis of stay here.
"There is no right to appeal against this refusal. Your case has been transferred to your local enforcement office. You must now contact them by October 7 at the latest to discuss your departure.
"Should you fail to leave enforcement action will be taken against you."
The Home Office refused Miss Castro's application to remain in the UK with her son
Miss Castro, who is even willing to take a DNA test to prove she is Ismael’s mother, said the Home Office needed to find a "plausible excuse" to refuse her application.
She said: "The Government is getting rid of immigrants. But it’s a British child that is not being looked after and isn’t being fed. He’s being thrown around from hostel to hostel.
"If I could move back to Brazil tomorrow I would but my son is a British citizen.
"Everywhere we go doors are shut in our faces."
Miss Castro, who used to work as a cleaner in Epsom, said she receives no benefits apart from child support and is barely making ends meet.
When approached by this newspaper, the Home Office denied it had told Miss Castro she had to leave the UK and said she is entitled to submit a new application.
Epsom's MP Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Justice, said his office is aware of Miss Castro's case and has exchanged corresponded with the Home Office discussing it.
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