"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.

Thursday 14 February 2013

Valentine's Day

https://twitter.com/nandosigona tweets :
Happy #valentinesday by the #UKHomeOffice - blog post http://wp.me/pd8ov-fh  #UKimmigration #shammarriages

To ‘celebrate’ Valentine’s Day the UK Home Office is publishing on Twitter/Flickr a stream of photos and videos of sham brides and grooms arrested in UKBA operations. Repeating a ‘name & shame’ communication strategy used already to mark the arrest of a number of visa overstayers last summer (see my comment on the Mayapple Operation), the Home Office offers yet another proof of its ‘zero tolerance’ approach to unlawful immigration – no matter that it is its own continuous moving of the goalposts that is making many migrants unlawfully resident. Personally, I find this use of social media rather sickening, especially because it completely omits to acknowledge the pains the Home Office is inflicting on thousands of couples and families torn apart by immigration rules, pains that can hardly justify the discovery of a handful of ‘genuine’ sham marriages (you can read my comment on the family rules here)...

https://twitter.com/migrants_rights tweets :
On Valentine's day, full of admiration for couples persevering in the face of being separated by family migration rules https://twitter.com/The_FIA https://twitter.com/BritCits
https://twitter.com/ukhomeoffice We are speechless. Shameful.

https://twitter.com/juanenlaciudad tweets :
https://twitter.com/ukhomeoffice also smug about genuine couples you're keeping apart with family migration rules? #happyvalentinesday http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk

https://twitter.com/freemvntblog tweets :
https://twitter.com/ukhomeoffice appear to be bunch of sickos: “Do you take this woman to be your sham bride? http://flic.kr/p/8MVijo  #happyvalentinesday”

https://twitter.com/ncadc tweets :
For Valentines Day we've got a love story for you- a wonderful story of love that's survived against the odds ... http://ncadc.org.uk/campaigns/fozianawaz/

UKBA attempting to deport Fozia&Nawaz to Pakistan,where they're at risk of honour killing http://ncadc.org.uk/campaigns/fozianawaz/

Sign the petition! http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/anti-deportation/

In the Evening Standard today, interesting piece about 'Britain losing 100,000 visitors due to visa delays' and Cameron's visit to India to promote business. Cognitive dissonance, simply astonishing, again. http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/introduction.html http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/asif-i-hope-one-day-i-can-be-with-woman.html

https://twitter.com/timesofindia is the world's number one English language paper - worth knowing.

https://twitter.com/MigRightsScot tweets :
Great 1st Oral Evidence Session of https://twitter.com/APPGMigration nquiry into #familyimmigrationrules on Mon. Hear how it went:


Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist wants to have a thoughtful immigration conversation.


My name in Jose Antonio Vargas. In the summer of 2011, following the failure of Congress to pass the DREAM Act, I decided to "come out" to the world as an undocumented immigrant in hopes that it would inspire the country to reconsider how immigrants are perceived and discussed. At first I revealed my status to three close friends -- Jehmu Greene, Alicia Menendez, and Jake Brewer -- and decided to create Define American.

Following that, I decided to share my story with the country. I published an essay in  the New York Times detailing my life as an undocumented immigrant. In telling a very personal and specific story -- my journey of being sent from the Philippines to America in search of a better life, graduating from public schools and landing jobs at news organizations such as The Washington Post and The Huffington Post -- I aimed to illuminate a greater universal truth about our broken immigration system...



Potted Polish.


https://twitter.com/alexmassie tweets :
Cameron: Gosh, why on earth have foreign students got the idea they're not welcome in Britain? http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/alex-massie/2013/02/david-camerons-immigration-reverse-ferret/

Here's a clue, geniuses : http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/introduction.html


https://twitter.com/KuyaSeanX tweets :
Funny how there is a massive delay in a response from #UKBA in this FOI request? Guessing the answer is No!


https://twitter.com/Laurafromlondon tweets :
This must be spread far and wide, like butter: best London events listing ever.  http://migrantvoice.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=309%3Alondon-events&catid=29%3Amigration-events


https://twitter.com/JustAmira tweets from Bahrain - recommend following her.


Japan is on the up!



Gorgeous photo of eruption in Indonesia.


Via http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/


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