Wednesday 22 February 2017 / 12:52 PM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Diane Abbott response to Supreme Court’s judgement on legality of minimum income threshold for UK citizens who seek to bring families here

Diane Abbott MP,
Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary
,
following the publication of the Supreme Court’s judgement on the legality of
the minimum income threshold for UK citizens who seek to bring families here,
said,

“The
Supreme Court accepted the legitimacy of the Government measures, but it also
held that Home Office rules unlawfully fail to take account of
requirements to safeguard children’s welfare. 

“These
rules cause hardship for thousands of families, prevent UK citizens
being united with their families and clearly discriminate against women, BAME
communities, and people on lower incomes.

"These
measures were drawn up as part of Theresa May’s failed policy to reduce net
migration.  Labour opposes rules that are clearly discriminatory. We will
implement a fair and balanced immigration system which does not split families
apart.”