New immigration rules attacked at public meeting in Hackney

A public meeting was held last Wednesday to support the Divided Families campaign, which wants to repeal rules making it harder for British citizens and people settled here to bring in non-British partners.

A year ago rules were changed meaning you need to earn at least £18,600 annually to bring a husband, wife, civil partner or fiancé into Britain, or more to cover any children or elderly dependents who may wish to enter.

At the meeting organised by the Hackney Refugee and Migrant Support Group Dalston CLR James library, Steve Green from BritCits, an organisation defending the rights of international families, said: “The rules were brought in without debate in Parliament. They are an attack on the nature of British citizenship.”

The speakers urged people to join the Divided Families day of action on Sunday July 9 with a demonstration at the Home Office.

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