"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Tuesday 15 January 2013

Today's links

Robert Thomas/UK Constitutional Law Blog - 'The new immigration rules and the right to family life' : http://ukconstitutionallaw.org/2012/10/04/robert-thomas-the-new-immigration-rules-and-the-right-to-family-life/

'The scene is, then, set for a showdown – sometime in 2013-14 I would guess. It is almost as if the Government has drawn a line in the sand and has now dared the courts to cross it. Picking an argument with the courts has, of course, long been the stock-in-trade of Home Secretaries when the normally hard-grind of government gets even tougher; former Home Secretaries such as Michael Howard and David Blunkett both had their run-ins with the courts. A cynical observer might suggest that lying beneath all the formal surface issues of the rules, Parliamentary procedure, case-law, and so on, the Government has been in search of a future blame-avoidance strategy...'

Robert Thomas is Professor of Public Law at the School of Law, University of Manchester.


George Galloway has tabled an Early Day Motion condemning the 9th July immigration rules : http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2012-13/914

George Galloway - 'Oppose the new family immigration rules' : http://www.votegeorgegalloway.com/2013/01/oppose-new-family-immigration-rules.html?m=1

It's worth noting that two EDMs were tabled last year on the same issue :


Thanks to Nando Sigona for the tweet : https://twitter.com/nandosigona

Nando is a great tweeter on migration issues, we recommend following him.


Thanks also for the RTs : https://twitter.com/georgegalloway , https://twitter.com/mshafiquk , https://twitter.com/Women_United1 , https://twitter.com/MoAnsar , https://twitter.com/KhalidBinWalid2 , https://twitter.com/AR04OOFhttps://twitter.com/nanayasleeps , https://twitter.com/bmagnanti , https://twitter.com/olegumn , https://twitter.com/NICEMNI , https://twitter.com/delamuka , https://twitter.com/migrants_rights , https://twitter.com/RAMFELCharity , https://twitter.com/bristolnoborder , https://twitter.com/MigrantVoiceUK , https://twitter.com/niccig


Brooke Magnanti has written on this issue.

'Theresa May's immigration plan is a one-size-fits-none fix' : http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/mar/26/theresa-may-migrants-immigration

'Britain's migration rules are tearing families apart' : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/mother-tongue/9688898/Britains-migration-rules-are-tearing-families-apart.html

Worth reading, and re-reading.


A pertinent post on Facebook's Transpondia group ( https://www.facebook.com/Transpondia?ref=stream ) :

'It struck me that the Home Secretary has today agreed that in future, a police starting salary will drop to £19,000. This barely meets the minimum threshold to sponsor a spouse to enter the UK, and is not enough if they have a child. What does that say about the threshold, if someone doing such a vital role in our country cannot meet it?'


Asylum, extradition and immigration case law and court cases : http://www.casecheck.co.uk/CaseLaw.aspx?BlogID=632

Looks like a useful resource. I love http://www.freemovement.org.uk/ and http://ukhumanrightsblog.com/ for helping to interpret these cases in a lively and informative way.


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