Changes in immigration rules to divest foreigners human right to family life in Britain 4th October 2011: Foreign nationals with a child or who marry in the UK may not be spared deportation, if they flout the law.
For the Government is all set to change the immigration rules on the ground of ending alleged abuse of Human Rights Act.
Once the changes are in place, the judges will under normal circumstances be expected to show the door to foreign nationals flouting the law, notwithstanding the family circumstances.
The move could eventually see the deportation of hundreds more offenders. At present, more than 200 criminals escape removal every year using Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights – the right to a ‘family life’.
The new rules overtly say the right to ‘family life’ should be discounted, if children were fathered while the immigrant was in Britain illegally.
The rules also apply where the foreign nationals have committed a crime or cannot support themselves without depending on the public funds.
With this, it is clear that illegal immigrants, foreign criminals and welfare tourists will be divested of their human right to a family life in Britain.
The changes come as at a time when senior Tories have been raising a voice against the legislation.
Home Secretary Theresa May, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail ahead of her speech, she said it was time to ‘rebalance’ human rights law in favour of the law-abiding majority.
May has also made it clear that she wants to alter the law to end the practice as soon as possible.
She is, in fact, expected to tell the Conservative party conference in Manchester that the right to a private and family life must be balanced against the wider public interest.
May said she would personally like to see the Human Rights Act go because she thinks they have some problems with it.