"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, 10 July 2014

Goole Times, July 2013: Heartbreak battle to reunite family

http://gooletimes.info/heartbreak-battle-to-reunite-family-p906-1.htm

This case study was referenced by Andrew Percy MP in the All-Party Parliamentary Group session during yesterday's day of action :
http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/a%20really%20good%20day

'A man has spoken of his painful two-year battle to bring his Cambodian wife and four-year-old daughter home to Goole. After meeting the love of his life while travelling in Cambodia in 2005, Gary Smith never could have guessed the hell that would face him over the next eight years.

'The 42-year-old, of Old Goole, has fought tirelessly just to have a regular home life with wife Chantha and daughter Aaliyah. But due to government restrictions of having to earn £18,600 per year, and his wife not being from the EU, he is facing a life without his beloved family.

'Gary, who earns over £17,500 as a refuse collector for East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said this week: "This is destroying my family. I haven't seen my daughter for a year. How do you tell a four-year-old that she can't come over because we can't get a visa? I've spent a year and a half going through this hell." '

Mr. Percy has also raised the case in the adjournment debate on family migration he called last year :
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm130909/debtext/130909-0004.htm#1309102001138

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