"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.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Clint

“I have started to blame myself for not earning £18,600. Not many security guards do though.”

Clint is a British citizen from St. Ives, Cambridgeshire. His wife of nearly three years, and five month old baby, who is eligible for British citizenship, are in the Philippines. Clint’s family would holiday in the Philippines for a few weeks every year so it wasn’t a surprise when Clint fell in love there.

As a security guard, Clint earns around £14,000 a year. This is less than the £18,600 the government has mandated he must earn if he wants to live with his wife.

Clint wishes to live in the UK with his family. He needs to be here for his parents – his dad is a British pensioner and his mum, also from the Philippines came to England in October 1984. She has worked her whole life as Clint is certain his wife will as well. This is not a family that expects handouts or is afraid of hard work.

He wishes to live here with his family because it is his right to do so. He wishes for his daughter to have the same quality upbringing and standard of life he was afforded, and one which all British children are entitled to.

They do not need to depend on benefits. As an only child, Clint’s parents have made it clear that their family home will pass to Clint, in which to raise his own family.

Clint has started to blame himself for not earning £18,600. Even though it’s not his fault. He is earning what others in his profession are paid.

This is a family considering exercising their treaty rights elsewhere in the EU just to be together as a family. So Clint is saving up in order to move countries just to have his wife and daughter back with him.

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