(18.3.18 UPDATED at the end of the post) Today, it’s all about the ask, but this time the favour is not for me, but this petition really touched my heart, and I wondered if you would sign and share it?
Dr. Ernesto Schwartz-Marin and Dr. Arely Cruz-Santiago, a married couple from Mexico, are talented academics at Durham University. They and their 11 year old daughter have been asked to leave the UK within 14 days despite this being their home since 2007.
The Home Office say this is due to the time spent abroad. This is unfair because the time they spent abroad was because of their humanitarian fieldwork as part of their research in Mexico. As a close friend of the couple, I am calling on the Home Office to re-consider the decision to deport them.
From July 2014 to July 2015, Ernesto and Arely spent 270 days working in Mexico where they pioneered a project called Citizen-Led Forensics. This involved training and helping communities build a DNA database for Mexican families whose loved ones had disappeared due to gang related and/or drug violence, thus fulfilling an important role in an increasingly desperate humanitarian crisis. However, the Home Office does not see it as such, and they have issued Ernesto and Arely with a deportation letter.
Again UK Immigration have gone after the low-hanging fruit – people with jobs and addresses, who contribute to our country and our economy! What outrages me most is that they are doing very important work. Whilst I am no fan of DNA testing (which I view with deep suspicion), the families of those who are missing must have a way to identify their loved ones if they are to ever know the peace of closure. Mexico is a dangerous place, and drug and gang crime is rife. Their work is an invaluable tool to help families and bring comfort.
You can read the rest of their story and sign the petition here: Link
This is such good news!
God Bless you