'The UK Border Agency has sent what is thought to be hundreds of intimidating text messages to British Citizens threatening them with deportation. The has come to light after a British man of a South Asian background was sent a message ”from the UK Border Agency” which told him:
“You are required to leave the UK as you no longer have right to remain.”
'Unfortunately for Theresa May’s Home Office — who run the Border Agency — and their contractor Capita, this morning’s Guardian diary reports that the message in question was sent to Suresh Grover, who founded an anti-racism charity. The messages are apparently intended for foreign nationals such as over-stayers, but with at least 200 formal complaints over the texts, the number of messages sent in error to British Citizens is thought to be much higher.
Previously, my lodger's experience. Nothing new I'm afraid :
Diary: A text from Theresa May's Border Agency. Get out of the country. LOL.
'Best interests of the child'.
Thanks to Wayne Pearsall - http://pearsall.eu/
'The United Kingdom has an obligation under Article 3(1) of the United NationsConvention on the Rights of the Child as follows:
"In all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or privatesocial welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be a primaryconsideration."
'This obligation was made binding on the UK Immigration authorities (the former UKBA of the Home Office) by section 55 of the Borders, Citizenship andImmigration Act 2009. This provides that in relation among other things toimmigration, asylum or nationality, the Secretary of State must make arrangementsfor ensuring that those functions "are discharged having regard to the need tosafeguard and promote the welfare of children who are in the United Kingdom."
'The need to not only protect but also promote the welfare of children is outlined in theHome Office's own document: “Every Child Matters – Change for Children”(http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/policyandlaw/legislation/ bci-act1/change-for-children.pdf?view=Binary). This guidance outlines itsresponsibilities under UK domestic legislation: The Children Act 1989 as well as The Children Act 2004....
DIRECTIVE 2004/38/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
AND OF THE COUNCIL of 29 April 2004
on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members
to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States
amending Regulation (EEC) No 1612/68 and repealing Directives 64/221/EEC,
68/360/EEC, 72/194/EEC, 73/148/EEC, 75/34/EEC, 75/35/EEC,
90/364/EEC, 90/365/EEC and 93/96/EEC
Thanks to Angela of http://www.surindersinghroute.com/ for this.