Immigration minister James Brokenshire today faced calls to allow a Huddersfield mum to stay with her family.
The call for action came from Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney, who is battling to allow Katherine Tate to stay with her husband and two sons in Slaithwaite.
That’s despite the fact she is married to Yorkshireman Dale and the couple have two little boys who are both British citizens.
Since the story was revealed, the couple have been overwhelmed by support.
More than 2,000 people from all over the world have backed their online campaign for the family to stay together in their converted barn home in Slaithwaite.
They are expecting a third child in December and thought they had won the right for Katherine to stay when an Immigration Tribunal judge ruled in their favour last month.
But Home Office officials are still considering appealing that decision. They insist the family did not follow correct procedures in Australia.
Mr McCartney said: “I have been working to do all I can to help the family.
“I have now written directly to the Government’s Immigration Minister James Brokenshire to ask him to get the Home Office to drop this appeal, and I shall be pursuing this at Westminster.
“There are a number of cases similar to this and the whole system needs looking at.
“It is very heavy on bureaucracy”.
Mr Tate, who married Katherine in Australia after meeting her while travelling, said: “The response to the Examiner story has been amazing.
“We have been overwhelmed by the number of people who are offering to help.
“There are complete strangers getting in touch asking what they can do and people offering to take me out for a beer.
“It seems to have struck a real chord with a lot of people”.
The family have argued that Mr Tate has a sound job, running an electrical contracting business and they do not claim, benefits.
They are continuing with an online petition and hope to present it at Westminster to further their case.