Wednesday, 8 February 2017

May and Trump are birds of a feather.


The fact is that Donald Trump the President of the United States of America and Theresa May the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland have loads in common. They are both anti-immigrants, anti-refugees and their hearts are full of hatred for 'non-natives'. They are also both nationalists. For both of them it is either America or British and nothing or no one else. I doubt if both of them are aware that other worlds exist outside the United States or the United Kingdom. However, I must point out that the only difference between May and Trump is that while Trump is very vocal, May is like a green snake in a green grass.

It may interest you to know that the first to initiate these drastic immigration policies was not Trump but May. It is therefore safe to conclude that May taught Trump and the latter learnt more and trumped the former.

For instance, during her tenure as Secretary of State for Home Office, Theresa May was vigorously opposed to hosting Syrian refugees in the United Kingdom. And for those Syrian refugees lucky to make it to the UK, she fought vigorously to prevent their children in the jungle in Calais from joining them here in the UK. This is in clear disregard for Article 8 of the ECHR, which guarantees the right to both private and family life.

It was also under her tenure as Secretary of States for Home Office that refugees who clandestinely arrived in the UK to seek asylum or claimed asylum very late were subjected to 10-year ban before they would be allowed to naturalize. The punishment is for arriving here clandestinely to seek asylum or seeking asylum in not 'a reasonable time'. Before that, the rule was 5 years of Limited Leave to Remain followed by 1 year of Indefinite Leave to Remain after which they are able to naturalize so far they meet other criteria including not having criminal records. The meaning of this 5+1 year rule is that whatever happened or however they arrived prior to the 5+1 year rule would be overlooked during their naturalization application. In fact, Article 31 of the Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees supported this bearing in mind that for most asylum seekers and refugees the only way they could seek asylum is by breaking local immigration laws.

But the saddest part is that most of these refugees were not even informed or made aware of this retrospective change in goal post and ended up applying for naturalization under the old rule of 5+1 year rule and having their application rejected, and in the process lost their £1236 non-refundable application fee. This is equivalent to a month wage for most of these refugees. Imagine stealing from those you are morally responsible to protect! Think of stealing from Syrian refugees you see on television on daily basis. But think of this very carefully. What type of application on earth will cost £1236 non-refundable fee to process? And the fact that this concerns people who are vulnerable, helpless and therefore in need of our help and protection makes it a moral and conscientious question.

The lesson here is that Theresa May has no regard for international laws, agreements and treaties which are binding on the United Kingdom. The same is also the case with Donald Trump. Bear in mind that Articles 31 and 34 of the Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees urged signatory states not to penalize refugees for arriving in their territory clandestinely and to facilitate their integration and naturalization. What did Trump do? He prevented them from coming to the United States to seek asylum and for those already granted refugee status he barred them from arriving back in the States. And what about May? She subjected them to a 10-year ban before naturalization in addition to stealing their £1236 non-refundable application fee!

And do I need to remind you that the first foreign leader to visit President Donald Trump was Theresa May? This is despite his rhetoric against Muslims, Mexicans, blacks, women, refugees, asylum seekers etc. Birds of a feather!

So when next you think of vilifying Trump, think of May too. They have so much in common. They are birds of a feather!

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