How to deport yourself

If you have been granted asylum in the UK and yet demonstrate contempt for this country’s laws, you ought to be deported. It should not matter if your life is in danger if you are returned to your country of origin: you should have thought of that before embarking on a life of crime here.

Asylum here is a privilege. You should be grateful to this country and demonstrate that through model citizenship. It should not be controversial that criminals, thugs and terrorists are not welcome in our society and are sent back to from whence they came. They had the chance of sanctuary and they blew it. What follows is their own fault, not ours.

Unfortunately this common-sense is controversial.

Mohammed Ibrahim, a career criminal left a 12 year old child dying under the wheels of his car and ran away. Since he had been banned from driving already, he had no right to be behind the wheel in the first place.

But, say human rights judges, despite his “string of criminal convictions” and now having caused the death of a child through dangerous driving (while ignoring a disqualification), it is “unsafe” for him to return to Iraq and, in any event, this would “deprive him of a family life”.

Is it not the case that rulings like this which fly in the face of common sense create both a lack of faith in our judiciary and an unfair antagonism towards asylum seekers – the vast majority of whom are hard-working and who contribute to their adopted society? Would it not be in everyone’s interests – the general British public’s as well as asylum seekers themselves – if the expectations were clear, firm and fair?

I believe the British public is generous and compassionate. Even now our parliament is seeking to change the way families of asylum seekers are processed to end the practice of keeping children in detention. This is hardly a controversy and the change will happen with little fanfare or objection.

But few wish to see their society opened up to foreign criminals. When our hospitality is abused, the consequences must be obvious. Unfortunately they are not.

There should be no place for Mohammed Ibrahim here.