A landmark ruling has granted an African illegal immigrant the right to stay in the UK as her children were born in the country.
The woman, from Tanzania, has been in the UK since 1995 and made three claims for asylum that were rejected. Two claims were using false identities.
Although the court deemed the woman's Uk immigration record as "appalling", they ruled in her favour after learning she had mothered two British-born children.
The children, now aged nine and 12, were fathered by a British man and so they are legally classified as British citizens.
The woman, known only as ZH, made three unsuccessful UK visa claims and the mother and children were instructed by UK immigration officials to leave the country.
The British father has HIV and alcohol problems.
However, the Supreme Court judged that removing her would not be in the interests of her children.
The Guardian website summarised the case thus: "Immigration authorities will have to listen to the views of children whose parents are facing deportation in a landmark human rights ruling on the rights of children born to illegal immigrants."
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