Tuesday, October 4, 2011

UK: Talk is cheap, lets see if they actually act on it!

Illegal immigrants, foreign criminals and welfare tourists are to be stripped of their 'human right' to a family life in Britain.

Home Secretary Theresa May will today promise to change immigration rules to end much of the rampant abuse of Labour's Human Rights Act. It comes amid demands from senior Tories and the public for the hugely unpopular legislation to be ditched altogether.

Currently, foreign nationals who have a child or marry in the UK can be spared deportation under the controversial Article 8 – the right to a 'family life'. Little or no thought is given to the misery they inflicted on their victims. But in future, judges will normally be expected to boot out any foreign national who flouts the law – regardless of family circumstances.

The new rules will explicitly say that, if children were fathered while the immigrant was in Britain illegally, the right to 'family life' should be discounted. It will also apply where they have committed a crime or cannot support themselves without milking public funds.

Officials expect this to lead to the deportation of hundreds more offenders. Currently more than 200 criminals escape removal every year using Article 8.

There have been a string of shocking cases of criminals – including killers – using the Act to make a mockery of British justice. Most notoriously, Iraqi illegal immigrant Aso Mohammed Ibrahim, who left Amy Houston, 12, to die under the wheels of his Rover car, was allowed to stay because he had fathered two children in Britain.

The announcement came as Lord Carlile, the senior Lib Dem peer, warned that 'the promiscuous use of Article 8 risks placing the contemporary concept of human rights into disrepute'.

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