Hypocritical British MPs?
February 27, 2017 By Abiodun Giwa
The British MPs are among the loudest critics of President Donald Trump's immigration policy, while at home they act like they are not aware of how their own country is silently deporting people without fanfare.
"We expect those with no legal right to remain in the country to leave," a statement in a BBC news report said about a case of Mrs. Irene Clennell, who has been deported back to Singapore, despite having been married to a Briton for 27 years, has two British sons and a granddaughter.
The report said that all the time that Mrs. Clennell had spent overseas, taken care of her parents, has rendered her ineligible to live in Britain. Because, she is adjudged to have spent most of her time living in abroad. From the content of the news report about Mrs. Clennell's case, the problem she faced was about Britain's enforcement of her immigration law.
She was reliably held in a facility from the beginning of this month (February), and it was from the facility that she was taken to the airport. She said that she was not allowed to make phone call or talk to her lawyer and there was no chance to take any cloth from her home.
A representative of Charity Migrant Voice describes Mrs. Clennell's as a victim of policies that separate families and destroy lives.
Efforts are said to have been geared toward ensuring that Mrs. Clennell returns to Britain. But meanwhile, the country's law has been enforced and she is out.
The question this development attracts is about the British MP's holier than thou attitude toward President Trump in the United States, for his country's immigration policy and the efforts to enforce the immigration law. Some of Britain's MPs have vowed to block President Trump from either visiting Britain or speak in the Parliament, if he visits.
Observers can only say at this time that if the British MPs fail to intervene and ensure Mrs. Clennell's return to Britain, they will be like hypocrites, who criticise the mole in others' people's eyes, while disregarding the one in their own eyes.
People with knowledge about how Britain enforces immigration law say the country is harsher in term of immigration law enforcement in comparison to the U.S. And that the problem with the U.S. is lack of strict enforcement of immigration law in the past and the sudden break with the sluggard past about immigration control and strict enforcement of the law
One victim of harsh enforcement of British Immigration law said that if the immigration officers visit your home or work and you cannot show that you are eligible to live and work in the country, you have no chance to make any appeal. The journey will be straight to the airport. And that all that you have to take with you are the clothes on you and the shoes on your feet, when they pick you up.