Francisca tells her family's story. More on this story here : http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/save-millie-and-her-mum-from-deportation.html . Her online petition is here : http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-millie-and-her-mum-from-deportation.html . Francisca's campaign page is here : https://www.facebook.com/groups/147515488760221/
'OUR FAMILY is in the verge of being separated due to the UKBA rules, not allowing me, Francisca Canales, to acquire the right of residence here in the UK.
My daughter Millie was born in the UK. She has no understanding of her mum’s (my) home country. Why does she need to be deported too?
Barry Nicol and I have been in a relationship for four years and we were planning our wedding last year, just before UKBA sent us a letter asking me and my daughter to leave the country. Just before they took my passport.
We are expecting a baby, due in August. I am currently waiting for my appeal hearing to take place at the Tier 1 Tribunals in Glasgow, Scotland. I will then be 7 months pregnant.
We hope our appeal is successful. We didn’t have to go as far as an appeal, I know I clearly have gained the right of residency but UKBA has ignore the fact that my previous relationship was violent and hence why it broke down.
I, Francisca, have studied and worked here in the UK, paid all my taxes and never claimed a penny of benefits, always being transparent and loyal to the UK system, yet we are being punished for that?
I had secured a job in a well paid position at an insurance company, and due to the UKBA failing to provide the right documentation to my ex employer, I have now lost my income and all my maternity pay, and my employer had to let me go.
Millie is currently undertaking therapy with the Stirling Women’s Aid.
Due to the stress this is causing our family, she cries constantly.
Millie has created a circle of family union here in Stirling with Barry’s family. She now has grandparents, aunties, cousins, and friends at school.
Why would you deny Millie, the right to family life? Take her away from school to learn a brand new language, brand new culture, away from her friends, everything she knows of?
Barry has no knowledge of my mother tongue. He’s never been to my home country. All his family live here in Scotland, and they are all looking forward to welcome our new baby.
Why would you deny this baby, and Barry’s family, the right of family life?
Taking me and my daughter away from the UK will mean that Barry will have to stay behind in the UK to work for us or simply making a move to my home country.
Why does he need to choose between us and his own home country, the UK?
Why do you punish him and us for being in love and wanting to have a family?
I want my unborn baby and his father together, but the UKBA is trying to make this impossible!
The UKBA is responsible for taking my income, my sanity, my health. What else do you want to take from me?
My whole entire life, all that we have built here?
We pray and hope our appeal is successful.
Message to Theresa May:
I ask you to consider the new rules with full common sense, and how do they affect families, real families, couples, and children!
We are not terrorists. We pay our way. We contribute to the UK system. And yet we are punished.
Can your caseworkers at the UKBA use common sense when dealing with applications?
Our applications are lives, not just piles of paperwork. We also pay for our legal fees and all our applications.
I hope you use your full discretion on this matter. Please see how many families have been and will be divided because of the poorly set out *rules* of the UKBA.
Francisca, Millie, Barry, and baby Nicol