I AM totally bewildered by the Government’s deportation orders carried out by the Home Office.
Very recently a Nigerian mother living in Leeds who fears her two young daughters will be subject to female genital mutilation if returned to Nigeria was, despite a large petition demanding that the Home Office reconsider the case and numerous other appeals, not allowed to stay in Britain.
Desperate attempts were made for the Government to hear her case but this was to no avail and they were all sent back. Her daughters are only four and two years old, obviously totally innocent children, yet we refuse to offer them protection.
This is not an isolated case as, in recent times other individuals who pose no threat to any of us, are well liked and have settled very well in their communities, have, nevertheless, felt the full weight of the sledgehammer wielded by the Home Office to send them back to face very uncertain futures.
It seems all of these people, with real fears for their futures, made one simple mistake which was to condemn them to rapid deportation – they were law-abiding people. They weren’t terrorists, rapists, child abusers, people traffickers, sex predators and pimps, nor were they preachers of hate.
Compare the concern for the welfare shown by successive governments for the likes of Abu Hamza and Abu Qatada, terrorist sympathisers who hated our country, to that shown to Afusat Saliu and her young daughters.
The latter did not receive millions of pounds in legal aid; not for them the services of top lawyers; no continual interference by the European Court of Human Rights; no years of delay after delay in deporting them.
Oh no, they were, apparently, insignificant individuals who did not deserve such attention, they were only law-abiding “little” people who loved Great Britain and what she used to stand for, so they had to go.
If Britain was so concerned about the welfare of such odious people as Abu Hamza and Abu Qatada – which resulted in taxpayers having to fund millions for appeal after appeal to try to keep them in Britain, why were the authorities unconcerned for the welfare of Afusat Saliu and her two small daughters?
Am I wrong to be so bewildered by our Government’s policies?