A three-year-old father was arrested and deported from Dublin Airport while trying to visit his three children in the UK – because border officials did not believe he would go home afterwards.
Ryan Volrath, 33, an American citizen currently living in Wisconsin, met and married his Northern Irish wife 10 years ago and gave birth to two of their children in America.
However, his wife Kylie, 32, had to return to her hometown of Omagh last September because she couldn't get a green card – officially known as a permanent residence permit – to stay in the US. She gave birth to their third child back in Northern Ireland.
However, Volrath, who traveled back with her, was only able to stay in the UK for four months because he was unable to obtain a husband's visa. He has since stayed in the US because he currently does not meet the financial threshold to apply for a UK residence permit.
Under British rules, Ms. Volrath would have to earn more than £ 18,600 a year to allow her husband to come to her permanently – which, according to her, & # 39; impossible & # 39; is with three young children.
Ryan Volrath, 33, (left), an American citizen currently living in Wisconsin, met and married his Northern Irish wife, Kylie, 32, (right) 10 years ago and gave birth to two of their children in America
Volrath had planned a trip for 10 days to see his children, Flynn, six, (right) Foster, three, (left) and Donavon, ten months (deployment) when he was detained at Dublin Airport on Sunday night
He planned a ten-day trip to see his children, Flynn, six, Foster, three, and Donavon, ten months when he was detained at Dublin Airport on Sunday evening at the request of immigration officials about the purpose of his visit.
Despite the fact that Mr Volrath had booked a return flight and stated that he intended to return home, he was arrested by gardai and taken to Clontarf Garda station in Dublin, where he spent the night before he asked the following morning was deported.
& # 39; I only wanted to visit my family for ten days and then return to the US where I work, & # 39; said Mr. Volrath.
& # 39; It was a surprise for my three children on my birthday and I was taken away without the chance to see them. & # 39;
His wife Kylie Volrath said that the family is devastated that their father is not visiting.
& # 39; It's overwhelming, I immediately feel a lot of emotions, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; While this is all going on, I still have to take care of children and solve it all myself.
& # 39; It is a challenge, but one that we want to combat. & # 39;
Although Mr Volrath had booked a return flight and stated that he intended to return home, he was arrested by gardai and taken to Clontarf Garda station in Dublin where he spent the night before being deported early the next morning (photo, Dublin Airport)
She added: & # 39; The boys have no idea that this is all happening.
& # 39; We briefly met before they brought him back to the airport, which was good, but Ryan is absolutely sad. & # 39;
Phoenix Law has submitted detailed comments on behalf of Mr Volrath to challenge the validity of Mr Volrath's detention.
Lawyers representing Mr Volrath said they believe the so-called & # 39; hostile environment & # 39; of UK immigration and current Brexit tensions are the reasons for the deportation.
& # 39; It is difficult to depart from the theory that such unjustified and unreasonable removals are closely linked to the UK's forthcoming exit from the European Union, with the Irish authorities now applying a much more rigorous and aggressive regime with regard to access to northern Ireland, via Dublin Airport, & # 39; said lawyer Sinead Marmion.
& # 39; The UK's pervasive hostile environmental policy is reflected in the Irish state. If this case is not disputed, it would create a very dangerous precedent for future people trying to return home and visit their children and families.
& # 39; Given the reasons we have received so far, we remain of the opinion that the decision to remove Mr Volrath on Monday morning was illegal and we have clear instructions to challenge its validity.
& # 39; It is still our claim that the actions of the Irish state have violated our client's human rights and we have clear instructions to initiate proceedings against the Irish state for his removal.
& # 39; In this proceeding, an attempt is made to remove this incident from his records and to claim damages for his illegal detention and violation of his right to family life. & # 39;
A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: & # 39; The Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service does not comment on individual cases.
& # 39; Under the Immigration Act 2004, the issue of entry for a person, visa, or non-visa is required by the immigration officer at the time of the person requesting permission to enter the state. & # 39;
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