A mum is fighting to stop her two-year-old daughter from being deported, even though both parents have British passports.

Lindsay Dutton, originally from South Africa but now living in Swansea, said her daughter Lucy’s child visitor visa expired in February.

She was told to apply for the right to remain in the UK after the family came for a visit from South Africa last year but decided to stay.

Lindsay and Lucy’s father claimed British citizenship through their parents - something which only extends to one generation, meaning Lucy, who was born in Johannesburg, does not have an automatic right to stay in the UK.

However the Home Office refused the application and Lucy was given 14 days to leave the country.

“It’s against human rights what they are doing to us. It’s cruel,” Lindsay said. “It’s heartbreaking to do that to a parent, all I have done the entire week is sob.”

She has since separated from Lucy’s father, Gavin Burls, 34, who also has a British passport but was not born in the UK. He now lives in Market Harborough, Leics.

Lindsay, 30, said she took out a high-interest loan for £3,052 to cover the cost of the application for her daughter to remain in Britain.

She now needs to find more than £3,000 to fund an appeal and is relying on donations.

Lindsay Dutton, 30 with Lucy
Lindsay Dutton, 30 with Lucy

“I’m fighting the decision,” said Lindsay, a tenant liaison officer who lives in Swansea.

“It costs £3,140 to apply to appeal and go to court, I have to pay in the next four weeks. I’ve had to beg, I’m at my wit’s end. I have paid £600 - my elderly neighbour gave me £40 towards the Lucy Fund.

“I have broken down in the last few days, I do not know where to turn.”

She added: “I was born in South Africa, as my mum moved there when she was quite young, but I have a British passport and my brother Gareth is married to a Welsh girl.

“He has lived here for 13 years and that’s why my mother moved here.

“We were trying to get the family all together again.”

Lindsay has the support of Gower MP Tonia Antoniazzi who is lobbying the Home Secretary on her behalf.

She said: “Both parents and grandparents have UK passports and all live here. This is a ridiculous situation which needs resolving immediately.”

A Home Office spokeswoman added: “All applications are considered on their individual merits and on the basis of the evidence available.”