"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.

Sunday 13 January 2013

Opposing the Rules

An introduction to what the new immigration rules mean for many people is here : http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/introduction.html

Since 9th July 2012, a variety of different civil society groups have coalesced to oppose the new rules and, just as importantly, share information, support and solidarity with this affected.

On 9th July, the Migrants Rights Network and Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants organised a demonstration outside the Home Office, attended by around 100 people. This was followed by a debate in the Grand Committee Room of Parliament which was chaired by Lord Judd. Also present were the MPs Keith Vaz, Fiona McTaggart, Kate Green, Virendra Sharma, and Jeremy Corbyn. Subsequently, Lord Avebury and Baroness Smith have made important contributions in raising the profile of the debate. You can follow the activities of all your representatives (and subscribe to updates) via http://www.theyworkforyou.com/ .

Groups present at the demonstration or at the debate included: Family Immigration Alliance, Migration Policy Group (also MIPEX), Southall Black Sisters, Southampton and Winchester Visitors Group, British Institute of Human Rights, Bail for Immigration Detainees, Kanlungan, Action for ESOL, Migrant Forum, and UNISON. Additionally, Migrants Rights Scotland has taken the lead in campaigning against the rules north of the border

Some pictures of the demonstration are here and there is a summary of the debate here.

This concise summary of the rules (now in the House of Commons Library) makes specific mention of civil society groups opposing the rules. The Family Immigration Alliance has also written about this here.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration  (in which Kate Green and MRN are involved) is collecting evidence of the effects of the rules on families. Please submit your evidence here - this is your chance to influence the debate in Parliament. The APPG also has a Twitter feed.

There is also an online petition opposing the rules: here - http://www.change.org/petitions/theresa-may-new-uk-immigration-laws-are-tearing-families-apart-change-them-now?utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=url_share&utm_campaign=url_share_before_sign . Please sign it and show your support!

More links :

'United by Love - Divided by Theresa May'. The JCWI paper outlining the impact of the rules and potential case studies of those affected. This was an early summary of the situation and was and remains very useful. The JCWI - which is among Britain's most distinguished migrant rights campaign groups - has chosen to focus its campaigning on 'the plight of divided families' - this is an important boost to the campaign against the rules.

'Immigration in the year ahead: Five things we think will be on the agenda in 2013.' An important direction-setting piece by Migrants Rights Network.

 'The new family migration rules - what you can do if you are affected.' By the MRN.

'Keep families united - over to you now.' By the JCWI.

'Have your say on the Home Office's family immigration rule changes!' By Migrants' Rights Scotland.

Raza Husain QC on the legal challenges to the rules. A very good summary - worth listening to several times. Mr. Husain is one of the UK's leading immigration lawyers.

Free Movement. A very good immigration law blog which has comprehensively covered the introduction and challenges to the rules. Also very good as a general background to immigration law.

Migration Observatory and MIPEX are great sources of statistics and other kinds of hard data. The following are must-reads :
'Women, young people and non-Londoners are most affected by changes to immigration policy.' (Migration Observatory)
'Can't buy me love.' (MIPEX)

Blogs : The Family Immigration Alliance and us, britcits.com - submit your story!

Twitter feeds of people affected by the rules, or those campaigning against the rules : https://twitter.com/jcwinews https://twitter.com/migrants_rights https://twitter.com/MigrantVoiceUK https://twitter.com/UniteFFFL https://twitter.com/britcits https://twitter.com/MigRightsScot https://twitter.com/APPGMigration https://twitter.com/The_FIA https://twitter.com/freemvntblog https://twitter.com/sjplep https://twitter.com/zykovj https://twitter.com/MRCF_london https://twitter.com/ncadc https://twitter.com/MigObs https://twitter.com/RozziP https://twitter.com/emmabmoussa https://twitter.com/damarthapa https://twitter.com/andyrussellshao https://twitter.com/GrannyMarmalade https://twitter.com/ZrileB https://twitter.com/noneisillegal https://twitter.com/Truptitweets https://twitter.com/londrisso https://twitter.com/hudsonlw https://twitter.com/FairImmNow https://twitter.com/lineb2 https://twitter.com/gbdavid2 https://twitter.com/LaraMascaraNYC https://twitter.com/juanenlaciudad https://twitter.com/patelsmie https://twitter.com/donflynnmrn https://twitter.com/grayfur https://twitter.com/kel14185 https://twitter.com/MargaretMoneron https://twitter.com/GuidoTallman https://twitter.com/SarahKorkmaz https://twitter.com/robertjarvis3 https://twitter.com/RennisoNicola https://twitter.com/LisaAnbare https://twitter.com/saidanbare https://twitter.com/zarozania https://twitter.com/amandausta https://twitter.com/Cola87Nana https://twitter.com/JamesTurner37 https://twitter.com/WNSNews

Facebook : Transpondia 'I Love My 'Foreign' Spouse: defend the rights of cross-border couples', 'Unite Families - Fight for Love' , and 'UFFFL Pics' are very active groups.

YouTube : Skype Mummy and Skype Daddy.

Freedom of information requests. Our experience indicates that UKBA is somewhat reluctant to give out information on the impact of the rules. We do have some ongoing FOI requests here . You can submit your own FOI requests (and follow others) using this site : http://www.whatdotheyknow.com . A tweeter who is very good at pursuing successful FOI requests : https://twitter.com/brianckl .

1 comment:

  1. Why is this affecting us like we have no rights?We have and we should be excercising them not just here,but where the human rights is meant to be for every one,we should take this to Strasbourg itself,this has to be made bigger and the world should know of this,treatment that as Brittish citzens we are facing the worst type of ethinic cleansing this country has ever seen,our own public is being denied the real truth of what is happening,and the press is locking down on the coverage the media,is keeping it low profile,they just dont want any one to know of the affect this is having until it affects some one they know and then it will be to late,we have to force an action to be taken or nothing will be done for a long time to come,jesus 2015,and these Nazis who are running the show might just get re elected,because any oppistion is to afraid to make any kind of a move against what it is beleiving is what the public want,when the public is being kept blind,we have to take this to Europe,it has to be taken higher and further than this Island so that these bloody minded rougues are shamed and shown for what they are doing to its own citizens,and their families,This is not going to happen if we as family members dont storm Strasbourg and have them take some kind of santion against an unfair and unjust system that is targeting just one class of people,and citizens who have partners outside the EU,this is a hard right wing extreme policy by a hard right wing party,who thinks only of itself,and its supporters,and the middle class and wealthy,it hasnt given any thought,I will correct that it has given this a lot of thought one the one group it has never realy cared for the low payed,with what it hold in such contempt as to block every legal means we have to bring our spouses and children home,it is manipulating the press,public and media,but then most of them are right wing any and Tory supporters to boot,and its blinkering the public,and feeding it lies,whats to come next,skin head on patrol ready to lay the boot in to any one of foriegn extraction,and one who talks in a diffrent accent,they are shifting the blame from themselves for not having their time in office work,and continualy point the fingers at their last oppenents for the state immgration is in,this is why they are whipping it up in to the frenzied over reaction that they want the public to beleive that it is out of control,but nothing possitive yet has come out of this,accept the courts ruling that the wages cap is unjust and unfair,we need more to stop this,and taking this to the European courts is the only way I think to stop Ms May and CaMoron,and the rest of the Nasty Party from letting this get any worse