Mark Nelson admits he made a mistake, grew cannabis, served his time and has not offended again (I’ve lived in Britain 22 years and have kids here – why am I being deported to Jamaica?, 13 Mayo). He’s a car mechanic and has children. He’s been here for decades. What good can deporting him possibly do, depriving his children of a father and putting him at risk? Y para qué? To pander to anti-immigrant noise? It’s wrong.
I’m trying to sponsor Ukrainian refugees but the Home Office is making that impossible; la Rwanda plan is wildly expensive and won’t work; Windrush is a stain on our country. It’s all cruel and unnecessary. Go to any hospital, care home, restaurant or building site and see how dependent we are on immigrants. We need a sympathetic system, not a dysfunctional Home Office. This random cruelty must stop now.
Two things strike me – how unfair and blinkered the initial decision to deport Mark Nelson was, and that the Oficina en casa has the capacity to act quickly when it is at risk of being held to account.