The encouraging thing about the family immigration Rule changes introduced in July this year is the reaction. Aside from the indignation and anger, there is a determined core of people affected who are looking for every avenue to exploit to pressurise legislators and let everyone know their feelings and the actual effects ofthe rules.
Today (Thursday) sees the debate in the House of Commons provoked by a successful petition organised by Migration Watch, the rabidly anti-immigration ‘think’-tank. It has to be said that getting 140,000 signatures on any petition is a real achievement, even if they did do so with the active support of The Sun and The Daily Mail.
The Unison and UCU branches at London Met University have called for a protest outside the Home Office on Wednesday 5 September at 1pm. Please make every effort to join us there.
Guest post by Des Freedman. Des is secretary of Goldsmiths University and College Union (UCU), writing in a personal capacity. He set up the petition mentioned in the article, it now has over 5000 signatories. this article originally appeared at Counterfire.
This is a guest post by Brett, a British citizen from Australia living and working in the UK.
Consider someone in the following scenario: British citizen, higher-rate tax payer, not claimed a penny in benefits, lives in own house, worked for HMG for several years, active member in community. No family in UK. Father - aged 63 - living alone in Australia, dependent on his British child. Yet, this British citizen cannot have his father join him in the UK.
Monday 9 July was a good day and a bad day. Bad, because the family Immigration Rule changes were introduced. Take a look at our dossier of case studies and analysis for a detailed look at the changes and how they will affect people. It was a good day because we witnessed the start of a vibrant campaign against these draconian measures.
NATECLA is the professional association for teaching ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and Community languages to adults and it represents the views and interests of ESOL professionals and ESOL learners throughout the UK.
Guest post, to mark World Refugee Day, from Dr Russell Hargrave, Communications & Public Affairs Officer at Asylum Aid
Life after LAPSO
In the teeth of opposition from experts and campaigners, the Legal Aid, Punishment and Sentencing of Offenders Bill (LAPSO) was rushed through parliament and obtained royal assent two months ago. It is scheduled to pass into legislation in April 2013. JCWI was among those who tracked the Bill’s progress, and the damage that this legislation may bring.
A comment on a previous blog on this website shows the level of support for the campaign against Theresa May's family immigration rule changes. Chris Bryant has received 500+ emails from people urging him to take a stand against the rule changes. That outstrips our expectations and gives us real hope that we can make a difference.
But 500 emails, while good, aren't going to make the difference on their own, so we say it's time to step up the pressure, and raise awareness wider still.
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