"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.

Friday 30 August 2013

Controversial immigration rules are dividing opinion — and families.


'But as usual, we have a government that says it is determined not to let the courts dictate public policy — even though the High Court’s judicial review in July was not overturning Home Office rules, just suggesting a few sensible amendments to make these family rules more workable and help comply with human rights.

'The government’s intransigence suggests it fears discrimination or human rights claims if it loses the appeal.

'Meanwhile the cost of these wranglings add up, as does the human cost of couples divided and children growing up not knowing their fathers.

'Once again human rights, in this case the right to a family life, is the battle ground for an ugly squabble between government and the courts.'

Previously :
'High Court finds minimum income rules disproportionate and unjustified.' - http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/the-big-news.html
More - http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/beautiful-out-of-blue-this-arrived-in.html

The prospects for a Home Office appeal against the minimum income threshold ruling.


'It is perhaps a cruel irony that the Home Office has responded to this defeat by extending that interference in family life by putting applications on hold. In addition potential applicants may be further disheartened to know that the appellate process may continue to the Supreme Court or even the European Court of Human Rights. Often it seems the government as a matter of policy, regardless of the merits of an appeal, will pursue the matter as far as possible so that they can blame liberal judges damaging their honest and fair policy objectives (and to take away from the accusation that those policies may have been badly thought-out to begin with).

'So is there any cause for hope? From the jurisprudence it seems that there is. The UK government has only rarely been successful in imposing excessively restrictive blanket policies on family migration. It is of course nonsense to say that in every case family life will outweigh the needs for fair, sensible and proportionate immigration control, but the real difficulty is when there is no fairness or proportionality, with a system that admits of little exception amongst its tortuous series of inconsistent rules.'

https://twitter.com/HayleyLugassy :
They say that money can't buy love. Sadly, money will buy me my family back. #DEVASTATED by #IMMIGRATIONLAWS #DIVIDEDFAMILIES

Row in Scotland over ‘Go Home’ messages for asylum seekers.


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