UK immigration law and policy has come under considerable scrutiny once again this week. The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has argued for the need to reduce the influence of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (implemented into UK law by the Human Rights Act 1997). She has argued that its influence has led to a considerable number of illegal immigrants not being deported from the UK after committing criminal offences due to their Right to a Family Life (Article 8).
Theresa May has controversially argued that Article 8 has even been successfully used to extend to an applicant’s pet cat. Her comments have largely been condemned by the Judiciary, however, political pressure is mounting for a re-think on the way in which Article 8 and the Human Rights Act influence UK immigration law.
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