Migrants to challenge MPs on new family immigration rules

Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) – jointly with the Migrants’ Rights Network – are organising a Day of Action today, 9th July 2012 against the new family Immigration Rules announced by Home Secretary Theresa May in June.

The new rules have entered into force today.

The main event is a meeting in Parliament hosted by Lord Judd at 18:30.

“We have been overwhelmed by the level of support we have received and the meeting is expected to be packed out. People affected by the rules will bring home how detrimental they are to their right to a happy and stable family life,” JCWI said.

Other speakers include: Kate Green MP (Labour, Shadow Spokesperson for Women and Equality); Keith Vaz MP (Labour, Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee); Fiona McTaggart MP (Labour, Slough); Jeremy Corbyn MP (Labour, Islington North); and George Galloway MP (Respect, Bradford West).

“We regret that despite contacting every Liberal Democrat MP and a number of Conservative MPs none were able to attend,” JCWI said.
 
“These rules not only impact on existing families but families of the future, thereby restricting a UK citizens right to set up a family with the person they love, regardless of where they were born,” said Habib Rahman, Chief Executive of JCWI.

Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) predicts that 67% of existing sponsors would not qualify under the new income requirements.

JCWI Publication ‘United By Love/Divided By Law’ outlines how the new Rules will practically affect genuine case studies.

THE NEW FAMILY MIGRATION RULES: DIVIDING FAMILIES, DISRUPTING INTEGRATION
Grand Committee Room, House of Commons
Monday 9th July 2012
Time: 18.30