Inhuman: New Family Migration Rules eradicate Right to Care for Elderly Parents of British citizens

Sonel is a British citizen who is a higher-rate taxpayer, owns her own home and even worked for HM Government for several years. She has never claimed any benefits. Since 9 July, Sonel has been forced into a position where under the new family immigration rules enforced on July 9 by the Home Office, she will not be able to sponsor her non-EU parent to join her in the UK.

In this blog, Sonel spotlights the targeting of elderly dependents in the new family immigration rules and the impact that will have on her and other British citizens with family ties in non-EEA countries.

A lot has been said and written about the new immigration rules brought in by the government although I’m not sure how much is being heard or read.

What I do know is that none of the politicians – and in this I include all the Tory and Labour MPs I have spoken with (Lib Dems have been eerily quiet) – will admit how driven these rules are by politicians on power trips. Nor do they understand the ramification on British lives of the application of such ruthless rules that are more reminiscent of Enoch Powell’s philosophies than a progressive, western, developed and indeed, ‘Christian’ country.

British citizens have lost all chances of sponsoring their non-EU parents to join them in the UK. I have asked more MPs than I have fingers to give me three examples of when a parent would qualify to join their child in the UK under these new rules and be physically able to take a flight to come here. No-one has been able to give me a single example!

According to the “Statement of Intent: Family Migration” dated June 2012 (para 118 – 125), for a non-EEA parent to join their British citizen child ALL THE FOLLOWING must be satisfied:

A) PARENT MUST BE UNABLE TO WASH/DRESS HER/HIMSELF. So parent must effectively be paralysed yet expected to be able to get on a plane, fly for hours and fit plane toilets to reach the UK.

B) PARENT MUST NOT HAVE ANYONE ELSE IN THE HOME COUNTRY WHO CAN HELP BATHE/DRESS HER/HIM. So parent must have no spouse, no children, no siblings and no close friends there.

C) SPONSOR TO DEMONSTRATE THAT WITH FINANCIAL HELP FROM THEM, COMBINED WITH HELP FROM ANY LOCAL HEALTH/WELFARE SYSTEM, PARENT CANNOT OBTAIN THE REQUIRED LEVEL OF CARE. So if you have money, your parent can’t come over.

D) SPONSOR MUST PROVE PARENT WILL BE MAINTAINED, ACCOMMODATED AND CARED FOR IN UK, WITHOUT RECOURSE TO PUBLIC FUNDS. So if you don’t have money, your parent can’t come over.

I stand by what I said. No one will qualify under these rules, making a mockery of the Conservative’s family manifesto of making “Britain the most family-friendly country in Europe” and Home Secretary Theresa May’s declaration that Britain is a ‘Christian’ country. I see no Christian principles applied in these rules.

I plead with ALL of you to contact your local MP – who by law, has to respond – and let them know how disgusting it is that hard working, tax-paying Brits have lost the right to live with their parent under this government – one that none of us elected – especially where the parents have no one else to turn to.

If these new rules are not revoked, predictions for a future Britain are dire – brain drain! Hard working, tax-paying, educated Brits will move elsewhere (in EU or outside) where they can exercise their right and indeed, duty, to live with and look after their parent/s.

A brain drain will lead to lower population, reduced tax revenue, lower demand for goods and services, higher unemployment, worsening economy and more people claiming benefits from reduced tax revenue. How will the government tackle this? Hike up tax rates and print more money, I expect. History tells us this will lead to inflation – higher prices for everything and increased crime as people resort to stealing to pay for their needs.

The Home Secretary is quite happy to take our right to be with our family from us. Please, only allow our politicians this power IF they are also ready to take on the responsibility for what happens to this country – OUR country – on the back of these rules. Otherwise, as is always the case, this government will be long gone when the ramifications are felt and the next one will just continue with the blame game.

If you are not affected by these rules, consider the scenario where one of your children moves to Australia, Canada or USA – all countries I’d consider as more comparable to our culture, way of life and beliefs, than anywhere else in the EU. Would the government there allow you to live with your child? The answer is a loud, irrevocable, YES. And you wouldn’t even need to be on your deathbed.