Japanese Teen Chooses Homeland Over Parents In Deportation Case
Thirteen-year-old Japanese teen of Filipino descent Noriko Calderon had to face a tough choice as the result of a deportation scandal that affected her family. Her parents have illegally immigrated to Japan from Philippines in the nineties and have been ordered to leave the country over the violation of Japan's immigration laws. Noriko, however, was born in Japan and had a choice to stay in her birthplace or go back to Philippines with her parents. She chose to stay in Japan because it is the country she calls her home.
As with everything, there are two sides to Noriko’s story. On one hand, Noriko’s parents have infringed Japan’s immigration law, which necessitates their deportation. On the other hand, they are leaving behind an underage child who has to care for herself from now on although she is staying with her aunt. In addition, Noriko speaks Japanese only, so it is unlikely she would fit well in the Filipino society even if she decided to go back with her parents. So, did she really have a choice? What are you thoughts?
A 13-year-old girl says she chose to remain in Japan while her Filipino parents were deported since the country is her "homeland."
Noriko Calderon said while Japan's High Court ruled that her parents, Arlan and Sarah, must be deported to the Philippines, she decided to accept the government's offer to remain behind in the place of her birth.
"Japan is my homeland," the teenager said.
The clicking of dozens of news cameras drowned out the sobs of the 13-year-old girl, but her face explained what was happening in the departure hall of Japan's Narita International Airport.
Noriko Calderon, wearing her school uniform, was being forced to make one of the most wrenching choices of her young life: To stay in the country of her birth rather than join her parents being deported to the Philippines.
The scene was the emotional climax to a story a decade and a half in the making -- one that has tugged at heartstrings in Japan, but ultimately failed to sway to an unyielding bureaucracy that activists say violates human rights.
Japan's Immigration Bureau in a statement to CNN said the couple's illegal presence in the country as an "extremely malicious" violation that "shakes the foundation of Japan's immigration control."
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