Sri Lankan Family Wins a Long Battle to Stay in Australia


MELBOURNE, Australia — Four years ago, immigration officers arrived at dawn to rip a Sri Lankan family away from the life they had built in the tiny Australian town of Biloela.

The authorities had rejected claims for asylum filed by the mother, Kokilapathmapriya Nadesalingam, and father, Nadesalingam Murugappan, who had fled Sri Lanka. Their visas had expired, and the couple, along with their two Australia-born daughters, Kopika, 2, and 9-month-old Tharnicaa, were taken into immigration…



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