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Immigration: home secretary dismisses refugees' right to 'family life'

Issue No. 2307

The Tories pose as the party of the family. But they are choosy about which families they defend.

Home secretary Theresa May told parliament this week that she will try to stop people fighting for their right to family life.

The right is enshrined in Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The right is breached by deportation.

She said the meaning of Article 8 had been “perverted” and used to prevent the removal of foreign national prisoners and illegal immigrants.

Article 8 angers May and her cronies because, among other things, it says that family life must be respected as a single entity.

That means that the interests of the people who they share family life with as well as the claimants.

Article 8 also includes the right people have to a private life.

A person’s private life includes studies, employment, friendships and sexuality.

A claimant cannot be deported if their right to respect for private life would be denied in their destination country.

May first brought the issue up at last year’s Tory conference claiming, falsely, that a Bolivian man had been allowed to stay because he had a cat.

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