UK Immigration Law: David Cameron to consider Trump Ban

As reported previously reported Donald Trump has made some ridiculous comments about banning all Muslims from the US; that is more than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world from entering the US. The UK Government has responded to a petition calling for Donald Trump to be banned from coming to Britain. More than 500,000 people have signed the parliamentary e-petition. We have outlined the UK Government’s response to the petition to ban Donald Trump from entering the UK below. 

David Cameron’s Visa Ban for Donald Trump

Could Donald Trump be given a visa ban? This has been the question on many people’s minds due to the hatred he has preached.  The answer quite simply is yes he probably could. Home Secretary Theresa May said she had excluded “hundreds” of people. Donald Trump could receive a visa ban from entering the UK following his discriminatory tantrums for Muslims to be banned from entering the US.

The Home Office has the power to ban hate preachers from across the world from entering the UK under their policy of ‘unacceptable behaviours or extremism exclusion policy’.  The Labour Home Affairs Spokesman Jack Dromey and Green Party leader Natalie Bennet have supported a petition to ban Donald Trump from entering the with Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston saying the proposal merited “serious discussion”. One recent challenge in the immigration case Seherwet v ECO [2015] EWCA Civ 1141 by Jeremy Corbyn to implement a visa ban was successful purely on free speech grounds.

The Home Secretary’s Response

The petition was set up in response to Trump’s call for a moratorium on Muslims entering the US and has now been signed by over 568,000 people in the UK and a parliamentary committee will meet this week to decide whether or not to hold a debate in Parliament on the petition, the BBC reports.

The Government has responded and clarified that they do not:

“For good reasons the Government does not routinely comment on individual immigration and exclusion decisions…David Cameron, has made clear that he completely disagrees with Donald Trump’s remarks. The Home Secretary has said that Donald Trump’s remarks in relation to Muslims are divisive, unhelpful and wrong. The Government recognises the strength of feeling against the remarks and will continue to speak out against comments which have the potential to divide our communities, regardless of who makes them.”

According to figures published last year, The Home Secretary has banned more than 217 people since 2010, including 84 hate preachers, 61 people on grounds of national security and 72 because they were deemed “not conducive to the public good”.

Our Immigration Solicitors Explain

The Home Office can generally refuse most applications if they feel that the application or the applicant falls under the ‘general grounds of refusal’, which are set out in paragraph 320 of the Immigration Rules. This can be done at the stage of the applicant’s initial entry clearance application or in some situations after their visa has been granted.If the Secretary of State wishes to do so, she can curtail or vary an applicant’s leave even after they have entered the UK.

Legal Advice for Visa Applicants

Our team of experienced and professionally qualified solicitors and barristers will be able to guide you through the process of making a successful visa application step by step and limit the possibility of failure by complying with the strict letter of the law.

If you are concerned that your application may be refused under consideration of paragraph 320 of the Immigration Rules, contact our team who will be happy to consider your matter in detail and explore your options.

We also undertake a great deal of appeal work before the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal and have a successful track record of successful results for our clients. We have the experience and the knowledge required to take your case forward successfully. If you have had a visa application refused, contact us to discuss your case so that we can provide you with a case assessment.

Please contact us so that we can review your case and provide you with an assessment of your case.

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