Immigration Follies; UK Style
March 21, 2015 5 Comments
From the misery loves company file:
Here’s the linked story:
A high-flying academic who travels the world as a Government adviser is set to be deported from Britain under ‘barmy’ new visa laws – because she is out of the country more than 180 days a year.
Dr Miwa Hirono, 38, is originally from Japan but has been living in the UK since becoming a lecturer at the University of Nottingham seven years ago.
The world-renowned academic’s work – which helps the UK Government to set foreign policy – requires her to spend long spells working in China and Africa.
In 2009 and 2010 she spent around 200 days abroad researching China’s foreign peacekeeping and humanitarian operations.
But Home Office immigration laws now state that people working in the UK on a migrant visa cannot be out of the country for more than 180 days each year.
And despite the fact Dr Hirono does research for a Government-funded organisation and her baby son was born in Britain, the Home Office has decided to deport her.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3004399/Academic-travels-world-government-adviser-set-deported-country-visa.html#ixzz3UyHzVflh
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Isn’t it wonderful to know that the cousins are about as screwed up in immigration policy as we are?
There are a few things here, in no particular order
- Anchor baby? What’s an anchor baby? Her personal life and well-being is no concern of HM Government. Let’s see, a Japanese mother, an Australian father and an English baby, where do deport that family to? Or do you split them up like the slave traders used to do?
- Did you catch that she is a world-class scholar that the university brought in to help their students? On a fellowship, no less.
- She was so good that they offered her a permanent job. But screw the students, they don’t need world-class scholars at the University of Nottingham, anyhow. Anybody think understanding the Chinese isn’t going to be important in the next fifty years? Other than the British government, I mean.
- She also does work for the government that required her to spend large amounts of time out of the country.
- She’s good enough that one of her papers in on the website of HM Embassy in Beijing.
- This (so-called) violation took place in 2010.
- The law was passed in 2012.
Six and seven are the very definition of an ex post facto law, you do something completely legal, later they pass a law making it illegal and then prosecute you for doing what was legal when you did it. The Brits have a history of this nonsense which is why Article 1 of the US Constitution says plainly in section 9
No bill of attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.
and in section 10
No state shall enter into any treaty, alliance, or confederation; grant letters of marque and reprisal; coin money; emit bills of credit; make anything but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts; pass any bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligation of contracts, or grant any title of nobility.
I’d guess as a layman, that one could make due process arguments about this with precedents stretching all the way back to Magna Charta as well. It’s why our constitution is so important.
I suppose we should note that the British let in the dregs of all Europe with hardly a whimper, thanks to the European Union, and the fact that Britain is (and always has been) one of the most prosperous countries in Europe. Just like we do, with less cause, on our southern border.
Wow, just wow!