AFTER a month-long crusade, Angela Aseka has conceded defeat.
The Kenyan mother and her Wagga born-and-bred daughter Esperanca, 7, have come to terms with their imminent deportation from the country.
A community petition to keep the pair in Australia garnered close to 1000 signatures, but their voices fell on deaf ears.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton refused to intervene in the matter, forcing Border Protection to issue Ms Aseka her final marching orders.
She and Esperanca will indulge in a farewell dinner with friends on May 26 before they are sent back to Kenya on May 31.
President of nursing at the Loreto Home of Compassion Amit Gupta – Ms Aseka’s employer – has told of his “immense disappointment” at the government’s lack of action.
“Most people are worried about what will happen to her daughter and how she will get on in Kenya,” he said.
“Every staff member and resident has been crying about it and they’re very concerned about her going back.
“It really is heartbreaking.”
The visa debacle has forced Ms Aseka to resign from her nursing career in Wagga and Esperanca to abandon her Ashmont Public School education.
“The end result is that we are unfortunately going to leave,” Angela Aseka said.
“When the Minister was here he said his hands were tied so there is nothing more we can do.
“We are very, very sad about it.”
The Kenyan national said she will try return to Australia with her daughter at a future date.
“I will try and come back,” she said.
“We want to live here and we will try again to one day.”
According to a Department of Immigration spokeswoman, in order for an Australian-born baby to become a citizen, one of the parents must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident at the time of birth.
Esperanca’s father disappeared shortly after her birth and Ms Aseka was on a study visa.