Immigration and Human Rights

Following the Home Secretary’s Statement last week on immigration, family migration and the right to family life, the House of Commons will today be encouraged to vote on a Government motion on human rights and immigration.

The motion urges MPs to express their support for Immigration Rules published less than 5 working days ago. JUSTICE is concerned that the Rules purport to predetermine the circumstances when immigration decisions will be considered proportionate and compatible with the individual right to respect for private and family life (Article 8 ECHR).

JUSTICE considers that attempting to bind judges’ discretion through this hastily tabled motion – not through the ordinary legislative process – is unworkable.

JUSTICE Briefing to MPs – June 2012