migrants are used to discrimination and
harassment, these new revelations show how
the treatment of legal immigrants by border
control now has stooped to the lowest of
levels, the statement from the HSMP
read. The group, which won a high-profile
case against the government this year, said
migrants who were in Britain under the HSMP
visa were suffering at the hands of overly
zealous immigration officers at some
of Britains busiest airports like
Heathrow, Manchester and Belfast.
members complain that upon their and their
families' return from trips abroad, they
are harshly discriminated against by the
immigration authorities, though they are
fully legally entitled to re-enter the country
to continue contributing to the British
economy, said Amit Kapadia, executive
director of the forum.
gave the example of Pooja Tandon, who was
detained at Heathrow airport while returning
from a holiday in Switzerland with her husband,
child and parents. It quoted her as saying
the immigration officer lectured them about
finding alternative employment
and about the shifts we work and child
then said he is detaining us for further
enquiry and if he is not satisfied with
it, then he will deport us, although
the family was let off with a verbal warning.
Pooja Tandon added: We are really
shaken by this incident. We felt being treated
like criminals. We pay our taxes and national
insurance and all other bills, and are being
threatened this way.
a second instance, a doctor who has been
in Britain for a decade was questioned by
an airport immigration officer about his
using the state health service for the delivery
of their son, when all tax-paying foreigners
are entitled to the National Health Service.
The immigration official had no legal
position to threaten, abuse and intrusively
demand information about the sensitive and
private medical care of a legal migrant
worker, the HSMP Forum said.
a third case, an HSMP migrant was detained
for a few days and was about to be deported
to his country of origin because he was
not working in his field of expertise, when
in reality HSMP visas do not have any such
is clear from these cases that Immigration
Officers have tried to take the law in their
own hand, the forum said.