Community rallies round family facing deportation back to South Africa

Daily Echo: "Please let us stay" pleads family facing deoportation heartache "Please let us stay" pleads family facing deoportation heartache

“THE community is behind us”.

That’s the defiant message of a Southampton family threatened with deportation.

Francis and Matty Scorgie, and their daughter Franchelle, have been told they could be deported from the country as soon as tomorrow – despite having worked and lived here for nearly ten years.

Daily Echo:

The Home Office refused the family, who live in Howards Grove, Shirley, permission to stay in the UK under legislation requiring them to have lived in the country for 20 years.

They were issued a letter on behalf of the Home Office just before Christmas informing them they no longer have the right to stay in the country.

Now a petition urging authorities to grant the family a reprieve has more than 100 signatures from friends and members of the community.

Francis, 54, moved from Potchefstroom in South Africa in 2004 on a work permit with his wife and daughter acting as dependents.

Daily Echo:

He has since achieved a university degree and undertaken agency work, whileMatty, 52, and Franchelle, 21, have worked in administration roles for the NHS at the Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton.

But an application to renew their stay in the UK was refused by the Home Office.

It states an applicant must have lived continuously in the UK for at least 20 years, or be a person aged between 18 and 25 years old who has spent at least half their life living continuously in the UK.

The government body also deems the family still have ties in their home country asMrScorgie spent 45 years of his life there.

However, Mr Scorgie told the Daily Echo the family has no ties in South Africa as his sister lives in Taunton.

He claims his wife and daughter have been unable to work since April due to the refusal, while Mr Scorgie has been stopped from working since October.

 The family have been relying on donations from the food bank, while Mrs Scorgie keeps herself busy by volunteering for Christian Aid.

Mr Scorgie told the Daily Echo: “We are not allowed to work, we don’t qualify for benefits, we have nowhere to turn.

“I will have been in this country for ten years but they expect it to be 20 years, or have lived half your life in the country to qualify.

“It’s outrageous and very cruel.

We did everything we could possibly do. My wife has been working for the NHS for nine years, and we have been living in this house all that time.

“We paid our way, we paid our taxes, and we never claimed benefits.”

He added: “The whole of Christmas was a nightmare – we couldn’t celebrate it because we were worrying about it. In the Queen’s speech, she said people would be welcome that make a contribution to the country – and that’s what we do.”

Paul Thaxter, a member of St James’ Church, which the family attends, said they are an “asset to the community”.

He added: “They have been here so long nowand it’s very difficult for them to go back to another life.

“The immigration laws have changed frequently over the last few years and people are left wondering what to do. Francis has been involved in social care in the past and has looked after people, and they have always been able to find work.”

Southampton Test MP Alan Whitehead, has taken up the family’s plight.

He said: “The main question is why were they served this notice when they are in active correspondence with us?

“The latest correspondence as I understand it is that we asked for an urgent update on their position because of the concerns about deportation.”

A Home Office spokesperson said all applications are considered on their individual merits and in line with the immigration rules.

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9:45am Wed 1 Jan 14

Dai Rear says...

In fairness , if you've lived in a country, and South Africa is a decent enough place for an educated person like Mr Scorgie, for five sixths of your life, then you are likely, surely, to have considerably more ties through long standing friendships etc in your place of birth , than you will have in this country to which you've come quite late in life. And if you have a work permit of limited duration then you know it'll come to an end, like a Saudi contract with British Aerospace.
In fairness , if you've lived in a country, and South Africa is a decent enough place for an educated person like Mr Scorgie, for five sixths of your life, then you are likely, surely, to have considerably more ties through long standing friendships etc in your place of birth , than you will have in this country to which you've come quite late in life. And if you have a work permit of limited duration then you know it'll come to an end, like a Saudi contract with British Aerospace. Dai Rear

9:47am Wed 1 Jan 14

thesouth says...

Let them stay they clearly contribute and have done for years. This country is a joke if they make them go.

I'm sure there will still be some racist comments to follow by those who maybe this country is better off without.
Let them stay they clearly contribute and have done for years. This country is a joke if they make them go. I'm sure there will still be some racist comments to follow by those who maybe this country is better off without. thesouth

9:49am Wed 1 Jan 14

Inform Al says...

So we deport decent Commonwealth citizens, and allow EU scroungers to stay here. Roll on 2015 and a UKIP government.
So we deport decent Commonwealth citizens, and allow EU scroungers to stay here. Roll on 2015 and a UKIP government. Inform Al

10:20am Wed 1 Jan 14

the_elf says...

thesouth wrote:
Let them stay they clearly contribute and have done for years. This country is a joke if they make them go.

I'm sure there will still be some racist comments to follow by those who maybe this country is better off without.
Brilliant response, pre-emptively playing the racist card. Any one who thinks that the government rules should be ignored when convenient is easily identified as a nazi bigot.

Good luck to them in their quest to find legitimate criteria to stay.
[quote][p][bold]thesouth[/bold] wrote: Let them stay they clearly contribute and have done for years. This country is a joke if they make them go. I'm sure there will still be some racist comments to follow by those who maybe this country is better off without.[/p][/quote]Brilliant response, pre-emptively playing the racist card. Any one who thinks that the government rules should be ignored when convenient is easily identified as a nazi bigot. Good luck to them in their quest to find legitimate criteria to stay. the_elf

10:27am Wed 1 Jan 14

elvisimo says...

Inform Al wrote:
So we deport decent Commonwealth citizens, and allow EU scroungers to stay here. Roll on 2015 and a UKIP government.
You are none to bright. We are over run with our own 'home made' scroungers. What do you think would happen to the country if fall the foreign workers left? Do you think the fat stupid generation that have turned their noses up at jobs for years would step in?
While you are at it, can you let me know what you think on ukips views on education ( a bit like the nazis), defence ( bankrupt the country) and the funniest one tax .
Back to your Daily Mail.
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: So we deport decent Commonwealth citizens, and allow EU scroungers to stay here. Roll on 2015 and a UKIP government.[/p][/quote]You are none to bright. We are over run with our own 'home made' scroungers. What do you think would happen to the country if fall the foreign workers left? Do you think the fat stupid generation that have turned their noses up at jobs for years would step in? While you are at it, can you let me know what you think on ukips views on education ( a bit like the nazis), defence ( bankrupt the country) and the funniest one tax . Back to your Daily Mail. elvisimo

10:39am Wed 1 Jan 14

elvisimo says...

Inform Al wrote:
So we deport decent Commonwealth citizens, and allow EU scroungers to stay here. Roll on 2015 and a UKIP government.
http://www.newstates
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[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: So we deport decent Commonwealth citizens, and allow EU scroungers to stay here. Roll on 2015 and a UKIP government.[/p][/quote]http://www.newstates man.com/politics/201 3/02/ukip-party-bigo ts-lets-look-evidenc e elvisimo

11:03am Wed 1 Jan 14

Inform Al says...

elvisimo wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
So we deport decent Commonwealth citizens, and allow EU scroungers to stay here. Roll on 2015 and a UKIP government.
You are none to bright. We are over run with our own 'home made' scroungers. What do you think would happen to the country if fall the foreign workers left? Do you think the fat stupid generation that have turned their noses up at jobs for years would step in?
While you are at it, can you let me know what you think on ukips views on education ( a bit like the nazis), defence ( bankrupt the country) and the funniest one tax .
Back to your Daily Mail.
Actually you are coming across a bit Naziish, probably makes you one of C'morons followers. UKIP are pro Commonwealth and against paying lots of our money to be misruled by the EU. There is nothing Nazi about this, just a sincere wish to democratically give the indigenous majority what they actually want.
[quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: So we deport decent Commonwealth citizens, and allow EU scroungers to stay here. Roll on 2015 and a UKIP government.[/p][/quote]You are none to bright. We are over run with our own 'home made' scroungers. What do you think would happen to the country if fall the foreign workers left? Do you think the fat stupid generation that have turned their noses up at jobs for years would step in? While you are at it, can you let me know what you think on ukips views on education ( a bit like the nazis), defence ( bankrupt the country) and the funniest one tax . Back to your Daily Mail.[/p][/quote]Actually you are coming across a bit Naziish, probably makes you one of C'morons followers. UKIP are pro Commonwealth and against paying lots of our money to be misruled by the EU. There is nothing Nazi about this, just a sincere wish to democratically give the indigenous majority what they actually want. Inform Al

11:12am Wed 1 Jan 14

Inform Al says...

Inform Al wrote:
elvisimo wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
So we deport decent Commonwealth citizens, and allow EU scroungers to stay here. Roll on 2015 and a UKIP government.
You are none to bright. We are over run with our own 'home made' scroungers. What do you think would happen to the country if fall the foreign workers left? Do you think the fat stupid generation that have turned their noses up at jobs for years would step in?
While you are at it, can you let me know what you think on ukips views on education ( a bit like the nazis), defence ( bankrupt the country) and the funniest one tax .
Back to your Daily Mail.
Actually you are coming across a bit Naziish, probably makes you one of C'morons followers. UKIP are pro Commonwealth and against paying lots of our money to be misruled by the EU. There is nothing Nazi about this, just a sincere wish to democratically give the indigenous majority what they actually want.
PS, alleging that the son of a man who served with a certain Miliband in WW2 is a Daily Fail reader I consider to be an unacceptable insult.
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: So we deport decent Commonwealth citizens, and allow EU scroungers to stay here. Roll on 2015 and a UKIP government.[/p][/quote]You are none to bright. We are over run with our own 'home made' scroungers. What do you think would happen to the country if fall the foreign workers left? Do you think the fat stupid generation that have turned their noses up at jobs for years would step in? While you are at it, can you let me know what you think on ukips views on education ( a bit like the nazis), defence ( bankrupt the country) and the funniest one tax . Back to your Daily Mail.[/p][/quote]Actually you are coming across a bit Naziish, probably makes you one of C'morons followers. UKIP are pro Commonwealth and against paying lots of our money to be misruled by the EU. There is nothing Nazi about this, just a sincere wish to democratically give the indigenous majority what they actually want.[/p][/quote]PS, alleging that the son of a man who served with a certain Miliband in WW2 is a Daily Fail reader I consider to be an unacceptable insult. Inform Al

11:14am Wed 1 Jan 14

WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER. says...

Inform Al wrote:
So we deport decent Commonwealth citizens, and allow EU scroungers to stay here. Roll on 2015 and a UKIP government.
Not a chance of a ukip government with first past the post system ,and where do you reckon ukip will source cheap labour if they ever were elected ?
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: So we deport decent Commonwealth citizens, and allow EU scroungers to stay here. Roll on 2015 and a UKIP government.[/p][/quote]Not a chance of a ukip government with first past the post system ,and where do you reckon ukip will source cheap labour if they ever were elected ? WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.

11:19am Wed 1 Jan 14

Inform Al says...

WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER. wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
So we deport decent Commonwealth citizens, and allow EU scroungers to stay here. Roll on 2015 and a UKIP government.
Not a chance of a ukip government with first past the post system ,and where do you reckon ukip will source cheap labour if they ever were elected ?
I think the electorate are so peed off with the last two governments that I will be very surprised if the non voting majority don't get off their backsides and give UKIP a clear majority.
[quote][p][bold]WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: So we deport decent Commonwealth citizens, and allow EU scroungers to stay here. Roll on 2015 and a UKIP government.[/p][/quote]Not a chance of a ukip government with first past the post system ,and where do you reckon ukip will source cheap labour if they ever were elected ?[/p][/quote]I think the electorate are so peed off with the last two governments that I will be very surprised if the non voting majority don't get off their backsides and give UKIP a clear majority. Inform Al

11:32am Wed 1 Jan 14

crazyoldman says...

From the information given they appear to have been a credit to the community. I know rules are rules and there are guidelines set down by the government but as the piece also says quote 'A Home Office spokesperson said all applications are considered on their individual merits and in line with the immigration rules.' This is a case where the application should be considered on its merits and in my opinion the family should be allowed to stay.
From the information given they appear to have been a credit to the community. I know rules are rules and there are guidelines set down by the government but as the piece also says quote 'A Home Office spokesperson said all applications are considered on their individual merits and in line with the immigration rules.' This is a case where the application should be considered on its merits and in my opinion the family should be allowed to stay. crazyoldman

1:45pm Wed 1 Jan 14

derek james says...

Inform Al wrote:
So we deport decent Commonwealth citizens, and allow EU scroungers to stay here. Roll on 2015 and a UKIP government.
well said
camoron after his recent visit to china is actively encouraging chinese students to stay in the uk after they've finished their degrees , can't see the difference
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: So we deport decent Commonwealth citizens, and allow EU scroungers to stay here. Roll on 2015 and a UKIP government.[/p][/quote]well said camoron after his recent visit to china is actively encouraging chinese students to stay in the uk after they've finished their degrees , can't see the difference derek james

1:54pm Wed 1 Jan 14

issacchunt says...

Time to go home, yeah home where you lived for decades, work permit is not a free pass to immigration move along and make room for European immigrants.

the pot is full to overflowing, every little helps.

of course I must be a racist as I'm not a bleeding heart.
Time to go home, yeah home where you lived for decades, work permit is not a free pass to immigration move along and make room for European immigrants. the pot is full to overflowing, every little helps. of course I must be a racist as I'm not a bleeding heart. issacchunt

2:20pm Wed 1 Jan 14

southy says...

Inform Al wrote:
So we deport decent Commonwealth citizens, and allow EU scroungers to stay here. Roll on 2015 and a UKIP government.
UKIP will not change a thing they would be part of the problem we have today, there is only one group of people that is clear of the Bilderberg meetings, the Masons and other secret organisation and that,s the TUSC we will not allow them
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: So we deport decent Commonwealth citizens, and allow EU scroungers to stay here. Roll on 2015 and a UKIP government.[/p][/quote]UKIP will not change a thing they would be part of the problem we have today, there is only one group of people that is clear of the Bilderberg meetings, the Masons and other secret organisation and that,s the TUSC we will not allow them southy

3:20pm Wed 1 Jan 14

beiroot says...

Rules is rules,but it strikes me that that the authorities do go for easy targets in there quest to look like they are getting to grips with the immigration issues. It does seem that this family is just the type of immigrants that we do need and could be described as "good for the economy".
Rules is rules,but it strikes me that that the authorities do go for easy targets in there quest to look like they are getting to grips with the immigration issues. It does seem that this family is just the type of immigrants that we do need and could be described as "good for the economy". beiroot

4:00pm Wed 1 Jan 14

thesouth says...

Can we keep this family and get rid if some of our home grown lazy spongers instead?
Can we keep this family and get rid if some of our home grown lazy spongers instead? thesouth

5:06pm Wed 1 Jan 14

southy says...

thesouth wrote:
Can we keep this family and get rid if some of our home grown lazy spongers instead?
That,s no way to talk about the rich elite who get there wealth and power on the back of others
[quote][p][bold]thesouth[/bold] wrote: Can we keep this family and get rid if some of our home grown lazy spongers instead?[/p][/quote]That,s no way to talk about the rich elite who get there wealth and power on the back of others southy

5:37pm Wed 1 Jan 14

bigfella777 says...

From the SA embassy website -- If you wish to immigrate permanently to South Africa, you should be of "good and sound character" and not follow an occupation in which there are already sufficient people available to meet the country's needs.
They seem to be able to get it right shame we can't.
From the SA embassy website -- If you wish to immigrate permanently to South Africa, you should be of "good and sound character" and not follow an occupation in which there are already sufficient people available to meet the country's needs. They seem to be able to get it right shame we can't. bigfella777

6:28pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Saintly Sam says...

Why not deport all of the foreign criminals clogging up our jails, and all of the economic migrants sponging off the state first, instead of honest and decent folk like this family?
Why not deport all of the foreign criminals clogging up our jails, and all of the economic migrants sponging off the state first, instead of honest and decent folk like this family? Saintly Sam

11:00pm Wed 1 Jan 14

louise pinnock says...

this is clearly an outrage an proves what a shamble our immigratons is in . Wot are they gaining by sending this family home?. They have paid there taxes for the last ten yeas,there daughter has spent nearly half her life here an ptobably sees herself more british now an would find it hard to adapt back. The home office spokesman response said it all..... they have rules an guidlines but they can bend it when it suits them , this family should be one them exceptions,instead of bending them for murderers seekin assylum here who preach hate for Britain.
this is clearly an outrage an proves what a shamble our immigratons is in . Wot are they gaining by sending this family home?. They have paid there taxes for the last ten yeas,there daughter has spent nearly half her life here an ptobably sees herself more british now an would find it hard to adapt back. The home office spokesman response said it all..... they have rules an guidlines but they can bend it when it suits them , this family should be one them exceptions,instead of bending them for murderers seekin assylum here who preach hate for Britain. louise pinnock

8:14am Thu 2 Jan 14

mummytootwo says...

I know this lady she is the most kindest sweetest lady ever theyve never been on benefits always paid own way and they cant stay but you give others homes and allow them too claim benefits!!!! Something seriously not right there we live in auch a cruel twisted messed up country.
I know this lady she is the most kindest sweetest lady ever theyve never been on benefits always paid own way and they cant stay but you give others homes and allow them too claim benefits!!!! Something seriously not right there we live in auch a cruel twisted messed up country. mummytootwo

8:50am Thu 2 Jan 14

Dai Rear says...

Look I'll try again. You work on a contract for BAE Systems in Saudi or for BP in Nigeria, but you've spent the vast majority of your life in Britain. What are you? A Brit. This gentleman is a South African and frankly I cannot see what point he is trying to make. I wouldn't be a Nigerian for working a contract in Nigeria and I'd not have been a Saudi for working a contract in Saudi.
Admittedly, Saudi wouldn't have sent me to college nor would Nigeria and this gentleman is to be congratulated in that he attended college and with his missus still managed to support the family without recourse to welfare, but then there'd have been none in Nigeria or Saudi either. Nuff said. The Border Agency is poor, so don't knock them when they do their job properly.
Look I'll try again. You work on a contract for BAE Systems in Saudi or for BP in Nigeria, but you've spent the vast majority of your life in Britain. What are you? A Brit. This gentleman is a South African and frankly I cannot see what point he is trying to make. I wouldn't be a Nigerian for working a contract in Nigeria and I'd not have been a Saudi for working a contract in Saudi. Admittedly, Saudi wouldn't have sent me to college nor would Nigeria and this gentleman is to be congratulated in that he attended college and with his missus still managed to support the family without recourse to welfare, but then there'd have been none in Nigeria or Saudi either. Nuff said. The Border Agency is poor, so don't knock them when they do their job properly. Dai Rear

9:13am Thu 2 Jan 14

jancassar says...

I have known Matty for many years now. Matty & her family do no deserve to return to South Africa. They have lived & worked here for the past 10 yrs never claiming any benefits but paying their taxes. This country Needs to sort their immigration laws out. They allow scroungers & criminals in to live here but send the nicest family I know back to their home country when they clearly want to stay. SORT IT OUT MR CAMERON.
I have known Matty for many years now. Matty & her family do no deserve to return to South Africa. They have lived & worked here for the past 10 yrs never claiming any benefits but paying their taxes. This country Needs to sort their immigration laws out. They allow scroungers & criminals in to live here but send the nicest family I know back to their home country when they clearly want to stay. SORT IT OUT MR CAMERON. jancassar

9:44am Thu 2 Jan 14

Claymore says...

Matty and her family are incredibly hard working pay there way in life and follow all the rules yet get made an example off by the incompetent immigration laws. The government keep saying they wont let people in the country unless they are financially stable which Matty and her family were and can work which they do yet they get picked on since there an easy target its about time the politicians actually did something right and listened to there own rules and let them stay.
Matty and her family are incredibly hard working pay there way in life and follow all the rules yet get made an example off by the incompetent immigration laws. The government keep saying they wont let people in the country unless they are financially stable which Matty and her family were and can work which they do yet they get picked on since there an easy target its about time the politicians actually did something right and listened to there own rules and let them stay. Claymore

11:26am Thu 2 Jan 14

mr miyagi says...

As others have said, there are too many people coming to this country with no intention of working and paying their way. Get rid of them all.

This family, and I'm sure others in a similar situation, work, pay their way, and don't claim anything from the state.

Let them stay, they are obviously a credit to their community and this country as a whole.

Why do we open our borders to certain countries and then try to deal with the ensuing problems it brings.

Every immigrant wishing to enter should be dealt with on an individual basis.

Apparently, when the Romanians and Bulgarians arrive, they have six months to prove they can get a job. What?? Surely if they have no job within six months, they get sent back.

This country is a soft touch to all immigrants. If you don't contribute, get rid.
As others have said, there are too many people coming to this country with no intention of working and paying their way. Get rid of them all. This family, and I'm sure others in a similar situation, work, pay their way, and don't claim anything from the state. Let them stay, they are obviously a credit to their community and this country as a whole. Why do we open our borders to certain countries and then try to deal with the ensuing problems it brings. Every immigrant wishing to enter should be dealt with on an individual basis. Apparently, when the Romanians and Bulgarians arrive, they have six months to prove they can get a job. What?? Surely if they have no job within six months, they get sent back. This country is a soft touch to all immigrants. If you don't contribute, get rid. mr miyagi

12:01pm Thu 2 Jan 14

From the sidelines says...

Other than to benefit from our generous NHS and pensions in their declining years, why would two people in their fifties want to stay in the UK beyond the validity of their permits?
Other than to benefit from our generous NHS and pensions in their declining years, why would two people in their fifties want to stay in the UK beyond the validity of their permits? From the sidelines

1:48pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Diverz says...

This is really sad, a descent, law abiding, tax paying, and hardworking family facing deportation. I think this spineless government should get their act straight. I know of criminals who have been spared deportation to their country of origin, when they clearly made no effort in showing they want to contribute to the country or their local communities. There's no need for any race cards a simple fact is that they deserve to stay as they feel this is home to them now. So to all the pessimists speak out against the illegal & the British born scroungers who doesn't see the need contribute to the country. LET THEM STAY!!!
This is really sad, a descent, law abiding, tax paying, and hardworking family facing deportation. I think this spineless government should get their act straight. I know of criminals who have been spared deportation to their country of origin, when they clearly made no effort in showing they want to contribute to the country or their local communities. There's no need for any race cards a simple fact is that they deserve to stay as they feel this is home to them now. So to all the pessimists speak out against the illegal & the British born scroungers who doesn't see the need contribute to the country. LET THEM STAY!!! Diverz

2:15pm Thu 2 Jan 14

kymcooksey says...

I have personally known Matty for 3 years and she is a wonderful, kind and hardworking woman.
In response to your comment 'from the sidelines' the reason they want to stay is because not only have they made many friends here but family too. 10 years is a long time to live anywhere. they have built a life here, and should be allowed to live it. Just because they were not born here doesnt mean they should be made to return to a country they have no ties too.

Their home is here, their friends are here.

LET THEM STAY!!!!!
I have personally known Matty for 3 years and she is a wonderful, kind and hardworking woman. In response to your comment 'from the sidelines' the reason they want to stay is because not only have they made many friends here but family too. 10 years is a long time to live anywhere. they have built a life here, and should be allowed to live it. Just because they were not born here doesnt mean they should be made to return to a country they have no ties too. Their home is here, their friends are here. LET THEM STAY!!!!! kymcooksey

4:20pm Thu 2 Jan 14

jonone says...

From the sidelines wrote:
Other than to benefit from our generous NHS and pensions in their declining years, why would two people in their fifties want to stay in the UK beyond the validity of their permits?
Presumably because they like it here. A bit like all the expat Brit pensioners living overseas.
[quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: Other than to benefit from our generous NHS and pensions in their declining years, why would two people in their fifties want to stay in the UK beyond the validity of their permits?[/p][/quote]Presumably because they like it here. A bit like all the expat Brit pensioners living overseas. jonone

5:57pm Thu 2 Jan 14

audreymanyika says...

I have known Matty for more than 5 years, she has been a good friend and a faithful christian. She has contributed to the British economy by working and not claiming handouts from the government. The government should grant her stay in order to enable her to continue making contributions to the local community as she has done over the years.. She has spent a lot of time contributing to the community and is still working voluntarily to a charity organisation. In the past 10 years this family have not only lived in the UK but showed their hard-working spirit is a part of what makes it a great nation.
I have known Matty for more than 5 years, she has been a good friend and a faithful christian. She has contributed to the British economy by working and not claiming handouts from the government. The government should grant her stay in order to enable her to continue making contributions to the local community as she has done over the years.. She has spent a lot of time contributing to the community and is still working voluntarily to a charity organisation. In the past 10 years this family have not only lived in the UK but showed their hard-working spirit is a part of what makes it a great nation. audreymanyika

12:32am Fri 3 Jan 14

SOR975 says...

I have personally known and worked with Matty for the past 5 years. She is an outstanding citizen, loyal, hardworking and loved and respected by so many people. The family deserve the right to remain in this country that they call home. Without a doubt they should be granted the right to remain.

Let them have their life back!!!!! .
I have personally known and worked with Matty for the past 5 years. She is an outstanding citizen, loyal, hardworking and loved and respected by so many people. The family deserve the right to remain in this country that they call home. Without a doubt they should be granted the right to remain. Let them have their life back!!!!! . SOR975

8:29am Fri 3 Jan 14

blantyre says...

Let them stay. They have contributed enough to this country. we need people who are an asset.
Let them stay. They have contributed enough to this country. we need people who are an asset. blantyre

8:05am Sat 4 Jan 14

Dai Rear says...

jancassar wrote:
I have known Matty for many years now. Matty & her family do no deserve to return to South Africa. They have lived & worked here for the past 10 yrs never claiming any benefits but paying their taxes. This country Needs to sort their immigration laws out. They allow scroungers & criminals in to live here but send the nicest family I know back to their home country when they clearly want to stay. SORT IT OUT MR CAMERON.
Sorry. What's wrong with South Africa? For goodness sake. If you're South African it's where you tend to live. Many thousands of us each month have lovely holidays there. South Africa was where my father was brilliantly treated as he recuperated from wartime injuries. Stop having a pop at South Africa.
[quote][p][bold]jancassar[/bold] wrote: I have known Matty for many years now. Matty & her family do no deserve to return to South Africa. They have lived & worked here for the past 10 yrs never claiming any benefits but paying their taxes. This country Needs to sort their immigration laws out. They allow scroungers & criminals in to live here but send the nicest family I know back to their home country when they clearly want to stay. SORT IT OUT MR CAMERON.[/p][/quote]Sorry. What's wrong with South Africa? For goodness sake. If you're South African it's where you tend to live. Many thousands of us each month have lovely holidays there. South Africa was where my father was brilliantly treated as he recuperated from wartime injuries. Stop having a pop at South Africa. Dai Rear

7:24pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Krissy1610 says...

I work with Matty in the NHS she is hard working and such a lovely person. Matty and her Family have lived and worked hard for 10 years, she has paid taxes and contributed to her community. Surely this counts for something she has not been here on benefits, like many other people that have done the same.
Please allow her to stay.
I work with Matty in the NHS she is hard working and such a lovely person. Matty and her Family have lived and worked hard for 10 years, she has paid taxes and contributed to her community. Surely this counts for something she has not been here on benefits, like many other people that have done the same. Please allow her to stay. Krissy1610

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