(fashion) The children of the Tamil asylum seeker family who were transported to Christmas Island after being given reprieve against deportation from Australia are 'constantly crying'
The Australian Border Force has intercepted a fourth boat in as many months carrying suspected illegal immigrants from Sri Lanka.
The revelation comes amid controversy surrounding a Sri Lankan family-of-four who are facing deportation from their home in rural Queensland after illegally migrating to the country in 2012 and 2013.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton told The Courier Mail 'the threat is very real' at present as people movers attempt to smuggle people to Australia via boat.
The latest rickety vessel was found in local waters, just west of Christmas Island on August 7 and held up to 13 Sri Lankan citizens.
Mr Dutton previously stood by his decision to send Priya, her husband Nadesalingam and their Australian-born children Kopika, 4, and Tharunicaa, 2, back to Colombo in Sri Lanka, claiming if he caved to community pressure, he would be unintentionally opening up the flood gates for illegal immigrants.
The latest boatload of Sri Lankan expectant asylum seekers is the fourth to be intercepted since the May 18 election, and the sixth this year, The Australian reported.
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Australian border force has intercepted a fourth boat in as many months full of potential illegal immigrants from Sri Lanka (pictured is the latest intercepted boat)
Priya, her husband Nadesalingam and their Australian-born children Kopika, 4, and Tharunicaa, 2, were being flown back to Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Thursday
May 11th: 20 people returned to Sri Lanka after a boat is intercepted.
May 15th: Three people arrested in Sri Lanka for people smuggling related activity.
May 23rd: Sri Lankan Navy rescues 41 potential illegal immigrants bound for Australia after a people smuggling boat breaks down.
June 28th: Australian Border Force intercept a vessel holding five asylum seekers. They are all returned to Sri Lanka.
August 17th-20th: One person arrested in relation to a potential people smuggling enterprise. 22 people who were believed to be destined for Australia were stopped.
In total, more than 90 people have been turned away from the border and returned to their native country.
'The threat out of Sri Lanka is really concerning. It is the reason Sri Lanka was the first country I visited after the election to make sure we can keep these boats stopped. This threat is very real,' Mr Dutton said.
'Labor wants people to believe that the threat of new boat arrivals is not real. It is. We are dealing with it everyday.'
The Home Affairs Minister went on to say Australia still takes on more than 18,000 genuine asylum seekers each year, but that he refused to accept refugees hoping for financial gain in those figures.
Some families, like Priya, Nadesalingam and their girls, just didn't qualify for protection, meaning they would have to return home to their native Sri Lanka at some point.
The rickety boat was found in local waters, just west of Christmas Island on August 7 and held up to 13 Sri Lankan citizens
Newly surfaced footage of the family on the plane shows Kopika and Tharunicaa distressed and screaming as their parents try to console them
He said the nation is no longer on the brink of war, and is doing well with an elected leader that is 'embracing' returning refugees with open arms.
The family become a handful of the 1,500 refugees sent back to Sri Lanka recently, after more than 50,000 people arrived in the country illegally by boat during the Rudd/Gillard government era.
Mr Dutton said many of those people had similar stories to Priya's family. They wished to live in Australia for more financial freedom, and for a better life.
Despite the politician's arguments about why, logistically, he believes the family should be sent packing, the Australian people have rallied behind the family.
The main point being that they are a hardworking couple with two children who were born in Australia, who enjoy working and want to contribute to their small