Interesting blurb here about British immigration law, specifically the highly skilled migrants program or HSMP. Apparently its been ruled that certain changes to this have been judged to be in violation of the European convention on human rights.

In sum:

More than 49,000 have taken up the HSMP scheme since it was introduced in 2002 to encourage workers with skills that were in short supply to come to Britain. They were offered the prospect of the right to permanent residence in the UK but the rules were tightened last year.

The committee said many migrants would no longer qualify for permanent residency and now faced the prospect of deportation with their families, despite having made their main home in Britain.

It said that this was a clear breach of the right to respect for home and family life contained in article eight of the European convention.

Great comment:

Damian Green, the shadow immigration minister, said: “The underlying problem is that the government has lost control of the immigration system, so has been reduced to making superficially tough gestures. In this case, this posturing has backfired because it produces such an unfair result.”

This kind of criticism is so applicable to so much of immigration policy (and public policy in general). Any time you see a huge sweeping, harsh measure being introduced that smacks a bit of the irrational (you know, like “Hey let’s just build a ginormous wall!”) you should ask yourself if this is really what a policy maker would do if they already had control of their situation, or does it seem more like the gropings of those desperately struggling with their own i(nco)mpotence.

I’m reminded of many other, non-immigration policies that seem to have been similarly motivated, and were terrible disasters disguised as “getting tough” on something. 1) The three-strikes-and-your-out laws, which tied judges hands and sent people to jail for absurd lengths of time for almost nothing. And 2), well, almost anything associated with No Child Left Behind, which tied teachers to absurd curricula and sucked away the curiosity and enthusiasm of countless school children and educational professionals. (I know, my mom’s one, I saw the discouragement and exasperation first hand).

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