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Meet The 37 Baby Asylum-Seekers Australia Is Ready To Deport

A High Court decision is the last hope for the babies born on Australian soil.

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According to her lawyers, Moubani (not her real name) spoke her first words at 10 months old; they were "daddy" and "bye bye".

Her parents think it's good sign. They want their new daughter to grow up to be a lawyer or doctor in Australia.

Moubani was born at Royal Darwin Hospital in December 2014 and is currently residing in community detention with her parents in Australia.

She and her parents are the lead clients in a High Court challenge to the controversial Australian offshore detention network.

If Moubani's lawyers win in court tomorrow, the government's practice of sending asylum-seekers to Nauru and Manus Island will be deemed illegal.

If they lose, hundreds of asylum-seekers who are currently living in Australia with newborn children are expected to be deported within 72 hours.

Among them are 90 children – some of whom attend local public schools – including 37 babies like Moubani who have been born in Aussie hospitals, on Australian soil.

(Their names have been changed for the purpose of this story.)


Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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