Weʼre raising £2,700 to Help Charmaine Remain after 20 years in the UK.
- Birmingham, UK
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Charmaine came to the UK from Jamaica in 1998 to join her sister and 5 brothers here. Her Auntie, uncle, siblings and cousins all also came to the UK as part of the #WindrushGeneration in the 1960's. Her brother joined up with the British Army in Jamaica, came to the UK and has been serving for 20 years.
Charmaine is one of many family members of the #WindrushGeneration who came after 1973 and who have been struggling for decades to regularise their stay. Her daughter and two grandchildren are also here. Her extensive family in the UK are all British Citizens. She is married to a British Citizen, living together for 17 years. But despite all of these connections she and so many like her have been put through a nightmare of trying to regularise her stay only to come up against the Home Office and their racist hostile environment.
Movement for Justice (MFJ) has been supporting Charmaine and other #WindrushFamilies and is challenging the restriction of the 1973 cut off for the #WindrushGeneration which is based on the racist immigration legislation of 60's & 70's. Legislation which sought to stop black and Asian immigration from Commonwealth countries while keeping the door open for white commonwealth citizens. (if you fall into the category of arriving after 1973 from a Commonwealth country but you have family members who arrived before 1973 email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Right now Charmaine is at risk of detention and deportation, she is eligible to apply for her right to stay under the 20 year rule, but the solicitors fee, NHS surcharge and application fees come to £2700. This is too much for a family that has already spent so much trying to regularise their mother/gran/sister's stay. All funds raised go directly to Charmaine's family so they can pay for these legal fees.
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