Monday, 14 October 2019

Is This What You Voted For? when you supported brexit vote.

I have seen many stories posted on social media  on the denial of  settled status post Brexit including that of a mother who moved to the UK with her family when she was just two years old has been refused permanent residency in the UK.

 Anna Amato has lived in Bristol for 55 years after emigrating with her parents Mario and Chiara from Italy. The now 57-year-old attended school and university in Britain and she estimates she has paid over £500,000 in tax during her four decades of working. Despite marrying a British husband, Connell, and having two British children, Anna said she now feels that she is not welcome in her homeland. The Home Office has told her she did not provide enough evidence to document her status – even though Anna’s documents were so heavy they cost £35 to post. The devastated mum said: ‘You are in your country, it is a democracy, all of a sudden you are told after this time no one knows what is going to happen to you.
Is This What You Voted For? 

But even that pales with this from Wales Online.

 A mum is fighting to stop her two-year-old daughter from being deported, even though both parents have British passports.Lindsay Dutton, originally from South Africa but now living in Swansea, said her daughter Lucy’s child visitor visa expired in February.She was told to apply for the right to remain in the UK after the family came for a visit from South Africa last year but decided to stay.Lindsay and Lucy’s father claimed British citizenship through their parents - something which only extends to one generation, meaning Lucy, who was born in Johannesburg, does not have an automatic right to stay in the UK.However the Home Office refused the application and Lucy was given 14 days to leave the country.“It’s against human rights what they are doing to us. It’s cruel,” Lindsay said. “It’s heartbreaking to do that to a parent, all I have done the entire week is sob.”She has since separated from Lucy’s father, Gavin Burls, 34, who also has a British passport but was not born in the UK. He now lives in Market Harborough, Leics.Lindsay, 30, said she took out a high-interest loan for £3,052 to cover the cost of the application for her daughter to remain in Britain.She now needs to find more than £3,000 to fund an appeal and is relying on donations.“I’m fighting the decision,” said Lindsay, a tenant liaison officer who lives in Swansea.“It costs £3,140 to apply to appeal and go to court, I have to pay in the next four weeks. I’ve had to beg, I’m at my wit’s end. I have paid £600 - my elderly neighbour gave me £40 towards the Lucy Fund.“I have broken down in the last few days, I do not know where to turn.”She added: “I was born in South Africa, as my mum moved there when she was quite young, but I have a British passport and my brother Gareth is married to a Welsh girl.“He has lived here for 13 years and that’s why my mother moved here.“We were trying to get the family all together again.”indsay has the support of Gower MP Tonia Antoniazzi who is lobbying the Home Secretary on her behalf.She said: “Both parents and grandparents have UK passports and all live here. This is a ridiculous situation which needs resolving immediately.”A Home Office spokeswoman added: “All applications are considered on their individual merits and on the basis of the evidence available.”
So a question to Brexiters , who voted Leave largely over immigration even if you deny it.

Is This What You Voted For? 

Because this is  the result .

The question of foreignness, and of who counts as British, was central to the Windrush scandal. Indeed, a consensus emerged that the Windrush generation were citizens who had been treated like illegal immigrants. However, the point is that the Windrush generation were turned into illegal immigrants, and this is precisely how immigration control works. There are no sharp divisions between legal migrants over here and illegal immigrants over there, neither in law nor in everyday life. In fact, I often met people in Jamaica who didn’t know that they had had irregular immigration status until it was too late.
Crucially, immigration control carves through families and communities. While politicians might be invested in drawing the hard distinction between those who arrived before 1973 and those who did so afterwards, it is not clear that Caribbean communities can divide themselves up like that. Those who arrived from the Commonwealth before 1973 – ie the Windrush generation – are not a distinct group outside of legal

Your friend, or Coworker who you have known for yearsabut was born outside Wales  faces  deportation.

Decent ordinary people who face being sent back to a country they hardly know.

Is This What You Voted For? 

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