One of the more controversial provisions of the Immigration Act 2014 has been given the go ahead as a pilot scheme set to start on December 1, Immigration Minister James Brokenshire announced today.
From that date landlords in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Walsall and Sandwell will be expected to check the immigration status of prospective tenants and face a fine of up to £3000 per person if they are found to be letting a property to anyone who cannot show the correct documentation to prove they are here legally.
Earlier this week, 28th August 2014, saw this quarter’s immigration statistics come out. Figures reveal that from March 2013 to March 2014 net migration is at 243,000. A total of 560,000 migrants arrived in the UK with an estimated 316,000 leaving. Therefore net migration has gone up by 39% since last year.
This is of course another blow to the Government’s attempt to bring net migration down form the hundreds of thousand to the tens of thousands. A pledge it has completely failed to deliver and knows it can’t fulfil. But is this a blow for Britain? Should the British public be concerned?
JCWI is pleased to assist The Office of The Children's Commissioner in their research into the impacts of the Family Immigration Rules of July 2012. We have below a questionnaire that you can download if you are the parent, step parent or guardian of anyone under the age of eighteen who has been affected by the Rule changes of July 2012, please take the time to complete the questionnaire as this will provide invaluable data in the battle to achieve a fairer immigration system. In the words of Dr Maggie Atkinson, the Children's Commissioner for England:
The campaign against the family immigration rules of July 2012 suffered a setback last week. The Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the Home Office’s appeal against a previous ruling which cast a shadow of doubt on the legality of the £18,600 minimum income requirement.
Blake J in the High Court in 2013 held that the new immigration rules introducing the new minimum income requirement for sponsoring a non-EEA partner/ spouse to live in the UK, of £18,600 (with additional sums for each child) was unlawful on human rights grounds. The Secretary of State appealed this decision, the Court of Appeal has allowed her appeal.
The Administrative Court, in a powerful judgment handed down today, has ruled the Legal Aid residence test is unlawful. This is some much needed good news and confirms that Legal Aid for all who need it is here to stay (subject to any onward appeal by the Ministry of Justice).
JCWI launches a new report on the Adult Dependent Relative Rule.
Between October 2012 and September 2013, the Home Office issued just 34 visas for Adult Dependent relatives to come to join their families in the UK. Families have to ensure that they can financially support their dependent relatives and there is no recourse to public funds for them. We have been contacted by 111 families who are being torn apart due to stress, anxiety and guilt at being unable to look after their elderly parents when they really need their support and assistance. British children from a migrant background have been unable to benefit from grandparents in their lives and all for a fall of 0.3% in the net migration statistics.
We were sent the following, we liked it because the anger and indignation are matched by the clarity and eloquence of the letter. It should help you get in the mood for the day of activities against the Family Rules on 9 July (details at the end of this post).
Dear Mr. Cameron,
I am writing to you this open letter to let you know how disgusting it is that hard working, tax-paying Brits have lost the right to live with their parent under this government especially, where the parents have no one else to turn to.
We’ve seen the future. Whilst we wait for the various provisions of the immigration Act 2014 to be implemented, the damage started before, with the demonisation of migrant communities. The Act will open the door to widespread discrimination. It will give the racist a law to hide behind, and the fearful a reason to discriminate.
During the passage of the Bill, when reports of proposed new laws were broadcast and reported in our media, some took the proposals as they then were as law. We know of migrants being refused hospital treatment and tests because they “haven’t been here long enough” or they “haven’t paid enough tax to qualify for this service”.
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