Plea for help to step up Leeds caretaker’s legal fight

Portas Ongondo, fighting for the right to remain in the UK
Portas Ongondo, fighting for the right to remain in the UK
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Campaigners battling to save a father-of-three from deportation have issued a desperate plea for legal eagles to come to his aid.

Portas Ongondo, caretaker at Collingham Lady Elizabeth Hastings School is facing deportation to Kenya following the breakdown of his marriage.

But the local community has rallied to support the treasured staff member, with more than 660 signing a petition supporting his right to stay in the UK.

Now his supporters are calling for legal experts to help take his fight to the next level.

Parent Claire Strachan said: “If anyone can come forward to provide additional and much needed legal support for this case, please contact us urgently.

“We need to do everything we can to try and support Portas and his right to stay with his family – a family much bigger than just his sons, that includes the whole community – and he deserves another hearing.” His application to stay has been refused and he has been denied permission to appeal.

His last remaining hope is for The Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) to overturn those decisions.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “All applications are considered on their individual merits.”

Mr Ongondo left a successful job with the United Nations to come to the UK to support his wife, a nurse. But his right to live and work here was dependent on that relationship.

Claire is on 07941 537425. Go to

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