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Deported dad's agony on toddler’s birthday 25.10.13

AN IRISH father who was deported as an illegal immigrant from the US says he will have to watch his young son celebrate another birthday via Skype.
Paul Ferguson was expelled from San Francisco in 2011 when his only child Dylan was just six weeks old.
The Californian toddler turns three on November 9 and Paul says he is heartbroken at missing yet another formative year in his son's life.
"Every time we Skype, I see a massive change in him. When I hear him saying 'hello Daddy', I have to fight the tears back," said the 29-year old from Buncrana, Co Donegal.
"Just last Saturday he asked me if I could come and play with him, or if he could come to my house to see me. I belong with my son and he belongs with me."
'Daddy's 4,970 miles away'. A recent photo of Dylan who celebrates his third birthday in California on November 9.
Paul admits that being forced to live apart from Dylan is his own fault because he "broke the law" by outstaying his visa.
"I know it is my fault that I am not there but I am living that prison sentence every day,” he said.
His says his campaign 'To Reunite a Father with his Son' has received support from other Irish families torn apart by deportation.
Paul his now pinning his hopes that new legislation will be passed in the States allowing temporary legal status to some of the country's 11 million illegal immigrants including 50,000 undocumented Irish.
Paul who recently returned to his hometown after a stint installing air conditioning in Perth, Australia, says he has spent nearly all of his life savings on the campaign. He even travelled to Moneygall, Co Offaly, in 2011 in the hope of getting a personal letter to US President Barack Obama.
"I have sent thousands of letters, hundreds of them registered. I have contacted countless members of the Irish government and members of the American government and the response I got was bleak at best.
"I have been refused twice for the right to travel to him, once in Ireland and the other in Perth. On legal advice I was told to come back to Ireland to continue my campaign as it is my country of birth and my fight would be stronger here. I am in the process of submitting a new request for a visa."
US deportee Paul Ferguson holds adored son Dylan during the child's brief visit to Buncrana last December.
While no longer a couple, Paul says he is indebted to Dylan's mother for allowing father and son to keep in regular contact. She has also brought Dylan to Ireland several times to see his dad.
"The fundamental foundation of life is for a child to have access to both parents. My son is a lucky child, I couldn't fault one thing about his mother. She is a fantastic mother but he also needs his dad," he said.
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