Support Richard- Removal delayed after temporary injunction!
Source: Richard’s Oxford Campaign Supporters
Campaign Update: Richard receives 48 hour injunction on removal- but still at risk of deportation! Richard was scheduled to be forcibly removed to Jamaica, 21 July 2010. This person prefers not to give his real name because of the danger he might face if forcibly removed. He has asked that instead the name Richard be used instead of his true name.
Richard is currently being held in Brook House. His solicitors and campaigners are attempting to halt this deportation. He deserves a chance to stay in the UK, work and look after his children and his mother’s large family, all living in Oxford.
This is a call out from campaigners about a man who was scheduled to be forcibly removed to Jamaica, 21 July 2010. This person prefers not to give his real name because of the danger he might face if forcibly removed. He has asked that instead the name Richard be used.
Richard is currently being held in Brook House with a flight removal order for Wednesday 21st July to Jamaica. His solicitors and campaigners are attempting to halt this deportation.
Richard entered the UK in 1999 to visit his mother who was seriously ill. With her health only slowly improving he stayed on as she wanted her eldest son with her. He married in the UK and he now has a family here. Richard was employed as a forklift truck driver and earned a good wage. No member of the extended family relied on benefits.
Richard’s application to live as the spouse of a person present and settled in the UK was rejected in 2004, along with the appeal in the following year. He was told to return to Jamaica and apply through the British High Commission for an entry clearance on the basis of his marriage. It was presented as a formality and he carried all the necessary documents with him, expecting to return within six weeks. However he was turned down.
Despite appeals, he was in Jamaica for 18 months. His wife, mother and family were beside themselves, deprived of his presence, support and income.
Depressed, distracted and desperate to support his family Richard obtained a false passport. He was picked up at once, imprisoned and then sent to a removal centre. His wife was told by the Immigration Judges that she could enjoy her family life in Jamaica but not in the UK. In January 2008, after much legal activity, which continued to reject his right to family life in Britain, he received bail. Not permitted to work and not allowed benefits of any kind has hardly reduced the pressure on his family, indeed it has taken its toll, despite all his efforts to use his time in caring for them. Suddenly on the 8th July, just after his weekly signing on, he was taken in and served with a removal order.
That is after two and a half years of frustration. Richard deserves a chance to stay in the UK, work and look after his children and his mother’s large family, all living in Oxford.
What you can do:
Please write to Richard’s MP, Andrew Smith asking Andrew Smith to request that the Home Secretary intervene on his behalf. Please do not use his false name in this letter but Home Office Ref No: S1362059.
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