"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, 17 January 2014

Immigrant stories: The psychotherapist and the letter of proof.


' The first in an occasional series of Immigrant Stories, shining a light on the people trapped in Britain's immigration system.

'She had the letter to prove it.

'When the Home Office told Mariam Harley Miller, a London psychotherapist, that she had just 28 days to leave the country it felt like a bad dream. But it wasn't. The clock was ticking on the Australian citizen and it would not stop, no matter how strenuously she pointed out they had made a mistake.

'She had in her possession a letter, sent by the Home Office, in which they assured her that her visa status was valid. It didn't matter. They wouldn't listen. She was trapped in a system which made no sense, with a timer ticking down to her departure date....'

More on the ongoing story of Harley Miller :

'... the world expects us to stand up for the principle that every person has the right to think and write and form relationships freely – because individual freedom is the wellspring of human progress.'
- Barack Obama, today, speaking on the NSA surveillance scandal (source: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/barack-obamas-speech-nsa-surveillance-full-text-1432773 )

Some people who need standing up for :

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