UK Home Office: ‘Support our wars or you’ll be denied a UK passport’

(THE INDEPENDENT)   Immigrants who take part in protests against British troops could be denied citizenship of this country under controversial new Home Office rules.

The Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, will launch a consultation tomorrow on a new points-based system for would-be migrants according to their behaviour, as well as skills and qualifications.

Mr Johnson, writing in the News of the World, said: “Bad behaviour will be penalised, and only those with enough points will earn the right to a British passport.”

While he did not explicitly point to those who take part in anti-war demonstrations, the newspaper reported that this would be included in examples of “bad behaviour”.

But there was confusion over the policy last night, as the Home Office appeared to backtrack on whether protesters would be penalised.

An aide to Mr Johnson said the Home Office was consulting on what constituted bad behaviour, but refused to comment on the issue of protesters.

Earlier this year, troops on a homecoming march in Luton were jeered by Muslim protesters carrying placards that read “Butchers” and “Animals”. However, there was no suggestion that the protesters were, in fact, immigrants, so the alleged rules would not apply in any case.

While inciting hatred is a crime, the suggestion that taking part in an anti-war protest could be a bar to a British passport would be highly controversial and draw accusations of pandering to the right.

The new rules would also see the period for which foreigners have to work in the UK before becoming eligible for citizenship doubling from five to 10 years. Applicants from outside the EU are already subject to a points-based system that covers skills, but the tougher rules would sever the “link between temporary work and becoming a permanent UK citizen”, Mr Johnson wrote.

“Already we require that people earn the right to become citizens by paying taxes, speaking English and obeying the law,” Mr Johnson added. “Tomorrow I will go even further, unveiling my new citizenship proposals which will require that people earn points for, among other things, their skills, their job and their qualifications.”

As Mr Johnson risked charges of playing tough on immigration, the Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, stoked the row over the Conservative Party’s new alliance with the far right in Europe. Mr Miliband issued a thinly veiled attack on a Polish politician accused of anti-Semitism.

The Foreign Secretary said David Cameron’s decision to support Michal Kaminski as leader of the Tories’ new Euro-grouping had provoked “real cause for concern” among Britain’s Jewish community. Mr Kaminski, a member of the far-right Polish Law and Justice Party, has denied claims that he opposed an apology by his countrymen in 2001 for the massacre of hundreds of Jews in Jedwabne in July 1941.

The Foreign Secretary, the son of Jewish refugees of the Holocaust, said: “David Cameron has shown little appetite for tough decisions in his career to date. On this rare occasion, he has decided to expend some serious political capital. And on what? On supporting a man like Michal Kaminski for a position of influence in the European Parliament over a moderate and loyal member of his own party.

“It has given key communities in Britain real cause for concern. Against the best advice of foreign leaders and British business, he drove the Tories out of the mainstream and into the right-wing margins of Europe. This reversion to the right-wing extremes of his own party should give people a strong sense of what both he and his party believe in, and it has nothing to do with the best interests of Britain.”

Mr Kaminksi has insisted he is not anti-Semitic, and claims he has spent “a lifetime of work supporting Israel and the Jewish community in Poland”.

One Response to UK Home Office: ‘Support our wars or you’ll be denied a UK passport’

  • Very accurate, very to the point! Well written. I’m certain that this piece of crap country will be crapping it’s pants now hehe. 

    I really do appreciate the commitment you have to obtaining a bit of justice from this situation. As Krissie has probably already said I’m looking into perminant immigration as I can’t stand to be a parrot this rediculous country that apparently is run by a bunch of irrational and heartless monkeys… 

    It comesto somthing when both me and Krissie felt guilt because we felt as though we had done something wrong… Even though we knew we hadn’t. 

    I wish there was more I could do from my end but unfortunately 18 Kids don’t get much of a say or any attention…

    I hope that you can keep me updated on this situation.

    Thanks again Lori

    Kin x

    On 20 Aug 2009, at 00:32, Lori Anderson wrote:

    Good Evening –
    I have also contacted my Ohio State Senator, Governor, Lt Governor, First Lady, Hilary Clinton, CNN, and President Obama.  Next will be Fox News, Glenn Beck, and the talk show circuit.  I will be sure this story is told.  This is absolutely wrong!
    My 19 year old daughter, Kristin Benning arrived at London’s Gatwick Airport Tuesday, August 18, at 9am London time 4am EST. She was visiting her friend for a period of three months (well under the 6 month maximum) with a return flight booked for November 9. She called me at 5am EST stating she didn’t think they were going to grant her access. She couldn’t stay on the phone as everything was taken away from her. I didn’t get a call back until 4 hours later from her stating they weren’t granting her access – even with a valid passport that she just got 1 1/2 months ago, a verifiable address of where she would be staying, and her friend that they spoke with (a UK Citizen) at the airport that was there to pick her up.  Which by the way, he works full-time, lives at his Mother’s home (where my daughter would’ve stayed), and has the means of taking care of her – not that he would’ve had to.  She had $100 in cash on her, however, I would never let my daughter carry cash on her – only enough to get by on the trip.  Had you taken the time to call me, Kristin’s Mother, you could’ve verified that I would be transferring money to her on a regular basis.  If she was in trouble, I work in the hospitality industry with many contacts and the ability to have her put up in a hotel if need be.  Nobody even bothered to go talk to her friend at the airport in person, just called him on the phone and subsequently hung up on him.  You also could’ve called her friend Mother to verify where she would be staying.  NOTHING WAS DONE BUT TO STAMP HER PASSPORT AND DENY ACCESS!
    It’s ridiculous enough that she wasn’t allowed to stay, but to then be put in some room at the airport for 27 hours with 3 guys and 1 girl – none of which are American, no bed (unless you call a steel bench a bed), some kind of aluminum blanket, chairs that are bolted to the floor, TREATED LIKE A CRIMINAL, TERRORIST, OR SOMEONE ON A NO FLY LIST!  She couldn’t have any of her possessions phone, computer – nothing – not even a coloring book/crayons!  To top it all off, even fingerprinted when noting of a criminal nature was ever done.  This girl has never even been arrested! This is unacceptable to treat an American Citizen in this manner!
    I did get in contact with the American Embassy in London because they said they were taking her to a detention center and I wanted them to find out if she was okay and what kind of place this was. They did locate her, called me back and said unfortunately no beds were available at the center so she had to stay in the room at the airport.
    I know many people in my industry that travel abroad and this is unheard of!  You had no valid reason what-so-ever to deny access to her.  I know it’s your country, you can decide who to let in and who not to – you really made a bad decision!  My understanding is the basis of the decision was – she didn’t have enough money to support herself (only rich kids can travel) and that she would not return to the states upon her departure in November (she even offered to change the ticket immediately to one week, one month, whatever you would’ve been satisfied with) – why would an American citizen stay illegally in your country?
    I have spent the past two days – hours upon hours going through your country’s travel policies, passport information, laws and policies, any website that I could find – NOWHERE CAN I FIND THAT YOU HAVE TO HAVE A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF MONEY ON YOU OR YOU WILL BE DENIED ENTRY, LOCKED UP, AND TREATED LIKE A CRIMINAL! 

    Warmest regards,

    Lori Anderson

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