More than 5,000 violent migrants – murderers and child rapists – have been kicked out of Australia
- 5,000 foreign nationals have been thrown out of Australia in the past five years
- Among those deported were 220 rapists and 452 child sex offenders
- One of the worst cases involved a man punching his pregnant ex in the stomach
An American national who punched his heavily pregnant ex girlfriend in the stomach is one of 5,000 migrants kicked out of Australia in the past five years.
Figures from the Department of Home Affairs show that of those deported 452 were child sex offenders, 220 were rapists, and 93 were murderers.
The deportation figures show that visa cancellations have grown to almost three a day since changes were introduced five years ago, according to the Australian.
People who have had their visas cancelled are housed in the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre before being thrown out of Australia
Changes to the character test under Section 501 in 2014 mean that immigrants sentenced to 12 months of jail have their visas cancelled automatically.
The strict cancellation also applied to anyone convicted of child sex offences.
Among those kicked out was a New Zealand national convicted of torturing and assaulting his children.
Another was a Palestinian who held broken glass against a woman and violently sexually assaulted her while threatening to kill her.
Visa changes in 2014 mean that anyone sentenced to 12 months of jail will have their visas cancelled automatically (stock image)
The policy changes in 2014 mean the number of visa cancellations under the Morrison government are higher than any other period.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton told The Australian the government is taking a hard line approach to non citizens convicted of violent crimes.
‘My first priority is to keep our community safe from those who seek to do us harm,’ he said.
‘If you have committed a crime, especially against a woman or a child, you are not welcome in Australia. I make no apologies for taking away your right to stay in this country.’
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said the government is taking a hard line approach to non citizens convicted of violent crimes
The coalition is trying to push through further changes to the Migration Act to make it easier to cancel visas.
New laws are seeking to lower the sentencing threshold of 12 months to any crime capable of carrying a 12 month sentence.
The Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Department of Home Affairs for comment.