To listen to the leftists in this country you’d think that if we deny health care to ANYONE (legal or illegal) we’d be a pariah in the eyes of the world.
Given this man’s been denied a visa extension, he’s technically an illegal.
And Australia wants him gone because the cost of his health care is too high.
Can’t say I disagree with the Aussies.
It’s time he returns and let England take take of him.
James Bradley, who served with the Royal Navy in World War Two, could be sent back to the UK even though he has lived in Australia for the last decade.
The great-grandfather and his 91-year-old wife Peggie came to Australia in 2007 to join their daughter Sharon and her family.
But he has now been denied a visa and faces being sent back to the UK.
When the pair arrived they passed mandatory health checks and were placed in the lengthy queue for a permanent parent visa.
Seven years later, and still on the waiting list, they were required to undertake further medical assessments, which Mr Bradley failed.
He has now made a last-ditch plea to Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to intervene and allow him to remain.
Mr Bradley said: “Considering my background, I think I’ve been treated shabbily.
“I’ve waited in a queue for permanent residency for 10 years, only to be rejected. I’d like to be able to spend whatever time I’ve got left here in Australia with my family.”
He is among 80,000 people in limbo waiting for a permanent parent visa in Australia. The process can sometimes take 30 years.
Mr Bradley needs a walking frame and he is in the early stages of dementia.
“Although we’re old, we do play a part,” said Peggie, who would also be deported.
She collects her nine-year-old granddaughter Karis from school most afternoons.
James’ wife Peggy also faces deportation
She added: “We can’t believe that anyone knowing our history would have grounds for rejecting us.”
The Aged Parent Visa is available to people over 65 who have a child settled in Australia.
Daughter Sharon, who has settled near Sydney, said: “Every day, the uncertainty around their immigration status weighs on dad’s bent shoulders like the heaviest of invisible sacks.
“He worries terribly about what will happen to him and to Peggie … when he is gone. He could not survive deportation.”