A HUDDERSFIELD mother and her two young children are locked in a desperate asylum battle.
The fate of Malaysian-born Siti Hassan, of Lockwood, and her sons hangs in the balance.
Immigration officials want to forcibly remove Siti from Britain, where she has lived since 2003, and return her to her native home, the island of Penang.
She and the children were put on a plane to be deported yesterday, but after they protested they were given a last-gasp reprieve.
Now Siti is fighting to stay - and two Huddersfield teachers have joined the battle.
Christine Myring, of Almondbury, and Myra Hurst, of Shepley, met Siti while teaching her in Huddersfield two years ago.
And last night the pair were at Yarlswood detention centre, Bedfordshire, supporting their friend.
Siti, 30, feels she and the boys, aged two-and-a-half and four, would be at risk if they returned to Malaysia.
The father of Siti's eldest child abandoned them. She then married a Liberian, the father of the second child, who abandoned them while she was pregnant.
In desperation, Siti bought a single air ticket to England.
Both children are of mixed race and because they do not look Malaysian they face being ostracised.
Christine said Siti should be allowed to stay. She said: "I know very, very little about Malaysian society, but the threat is real to Siti.
"She was born and brought up there, she knows what things would be like.
"Her family won't have anything to do with her. Islamic society in Malaysia is very, very strict."
Christine said Siti was a failed asylum seeker whose appeal had been turned down, but she added: "I think her case needs to be looked at again.
"When her appeal was turned down the judge told Siti that Malaysia was not a country at war, Malaysia and Britain were on good terms and her government would look after her.
"Although there are parts of Malaysia where she might be in danger he thought she could find a safe area.
"But it wouldn't be safe. I would like them to reassess her case, she would like to stay here.
"She's really settled in. The best outcome would be for her to be left here and left to build a life here."
Christine said the removal process began last Sunday, when officials handcuffed Siti at her Lockwood home in front of her children. The three were taken to a detention centre in Leeds, then transferred to Yarlswood.
Myra said: "People who get to know asylum seekers in their community realise they're human beings. We're doing all we can to ensure she can stay.
"It's just dreadful."