Below is an email I received a couple of weeks ago from one of our members, Sue. Shared with her consent.
Sue is a British citizen and grandmother writing to me about how her daughter and grandson, also British citizens, have been left with no choice but to move to Turkey as the only way for the little boy to grow up with his daddy. There are too many families now divided or living in exile and some, like Sue's, living in a country which it would not be unreasonable to deem unsafe.
It never ceases to amaze me this conviction, arrogant expectation even, from our politicians that another country must let us - foreigners - in to live with our partner/parent, when they have put in rules which mean own country will not do the same for us.
Hope you are keeping well under the pressure!!
I just thought I would let you know that my British Daughter and my 4 year old Grandson have returned to Turkey at the weekend to be able to live together with her Turkish Husband and their little Son's Daddy.
It is disgraceful that they have had to return to what is currently an unsafe country all because of Theresa May's pathetic rules for Spouse of Non-EU Citizens.
My Grandson was doing really well at School here in the UK and he was given a Certificate by his Form Teacher last week for his "Fantastic Behaviour and Super Manners", which obviously we are all very proud of for him to achieve this at only 4 years old. He was born in Turkey and therefore has dual nationality, so he holds a British Passport so that a Visa would not have to be a problem for him to come to the UK with his English Mummy.
Of course, we are all eagerly awaiting the outcome of the Supreme Court Hearing held on 22nd-24th February 2016. I personally think that the outcome will be that the rules will have to be changed as the Judges didn't appear very happy at some of the current rules, and the situations that the current rules leave families in. They are discriminatory and it's a pity that Theresa May doesn't have the same opinion as many other politicians, as such:
"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change" - David Cameron..... So why doesn't he do something about it !!!
And, of course, 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.
Everyone has the right to live in safety with their loved ones.
The government should work together to ensure families are reunited safely and speedily, especially when it comes to children and other dependent family members.
Theresa May...(deleted text)…does not care! "#CrueltyMcCruelFace" !!!
Mrs Sue XXXX “