Mr Jalin Beaksantia is a 33 year old Thai man who has resided in the UK since 1988. He came to Britain when his mother married a British man and was given an indefinite leave to remain in the British Isles, he now faces deportation!
Jalin’s mother’s marriage unfortunately didn’t work out and she became an alcoholic, this eventually lead to her demise.
It was when Mr Beaksantia was just 11 years old that he requested to be taken into care, because his mother could no longer cope with taking care of him. Despite the odds, Jalin eventually graduated from catering college and settled down with his partner, Hannah, and their young son, Kai.
Mr Beaksantia fell into unfortunately fell into debt and last year committed two thefts, including the pilfering of £2,300 from the takings of the discount shop where he was working and had risen to the rank of supervisor. The home Office has ruled that Mr Beaksantia be deported within weeks to Thailand, a country whose language he does not speak and has had no contact with since arriving in the UK in 1988.
He is currently serving a 12 month prison sentence for his crimes. Jalin is desperate and currently on suicide watch. He freely admits that he was stupid to have committed these crimes, but is it not unfair to deport him in this way?
Surely after nearly 30 years of living in Britain he should be treated as a Briton?
Mr Beaksantia has written a letter, which was published in The Independent Newspaper, it said he has been left a “broken man” by the deportation order. He said: “What I did was a stupid crime, which I regret and I am serving my punishment. But I’ve been brought up English, educated English and paid my tax and national insurance. So what part of me isn’t English?”
Some 800 foreign criminals have been deported from the UK since last summer under the new 2014 Immigration Act. Under certain circumstances these deportations could be considered as breaches of the Human Rights Act, however, it seems these new rules apply to all foreign criminals resident in the UK that receive a sentence of 12 months or more.
The new rules mean anyone sentenced to imprisonment for 12 months or more can be “certified” for deportation and only appeal once they have left the UK. This is not good news for Jalin.
One family member also told The Independent: “This is effectively the reintroduction of transportation – he is going to be sent to an alien land where he knows nobody, cannot communicate and will be forcibly removed from his family.” The Home Office declined to comment on Mr Beaksantia’s case but defended the “deport first, appeal later” system.