A petition to prevent a South Yorkshire dad being deported and torn away from his daughter has gained more than 400 signatures.
Calvin Warring, aged 30, from Bolton upon Dearne, Barnsley, has lived in England for eight years with his parents.
But he faces being sent back to South Africa and separated from his three-year-old daughter after being issued with a removal order – which could see him deported.
His best friend, Joe Bowles, aged 23, has set up a petition to try and keep him in the country. Joe, also from Bolton Upon Dearne, said: “He worships his daughter and loves her more than life itself.
“There is no reason why this hard working man, who has never claimed benefits and has a daughter should get deported.
“Sending him back to South Africa will tear him and his daughter apart, he loves his daughter, he loves this country and he is an extremely hard-working person who does not deserve to be treated this way.”
Calvin moved to England eight years ago with his parents, Julie and Quinton.
The couple, who both work full-time, were granted citizenship by the Home Office.
Calvin has applied twice to be allowed to stay in England, but both applications were refused. He has also lost subsequent appeals.
Calvin’s solicitor has now submitted a third application in a last ditch attempt to allow him to stay.
He is to meet with Home Office officials on Thursday after a removal order was issued.
He said the thought of being separated from little Grace, who he sees several days a week, was ‘killing him.’
“Being separated from my ex-partner and not being able to see her everyday is bad enough.
“I suffer from that deeply. She is the reason I get up and go to work in the morning,” he added.
Calvin was working as a mechanic in Dodworth, but lost his job because of the court order.
The petition, which will be presented to the UK Border Agency, already has 427 signatures.
Calvin added: “It means a lot that so many people have signed it because it shows I am not the only one who feels this way and can see what is happening.”
See www.change.org/p/uk-border-agency-keep-calvin-in-the-country to sign the petition.