An article in The Telegraph was brought to our attention concerning the pending deportation one of our finest serving soldiers “Bale Baleiwai” with requests to help him if we could. With the help of Dr Liam Fox and others a letter was sent to the home office, see below:
You will be well aware of the case of Bale Baleiwai, given the publicity surrounding it. There is, undoubtedly, great public anxiety about how this part of immigration policy is operating. Although serving in the armed forces is not an automatic guarantee for settlement in the UK, I believe the vast majority of people in this country would want to see preference given to those who had been willing to put themselves in harm’s way for our national security.
On top of those generic points, there are the specific conditions applying to Bale Baleiwai, particularly the fact that he has a wife and children who are UK citizens. When the public see some thoroughly unpleasant individuals allowed to remain in the UK, but those willing to fight in the British army being deported, they will justifiably begin to wonder where our priorities lie.
I hope you will reconsider this decision.
Parliamentary Office of the Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP
We heard yesterday that Bale Baleiwai has been given a reprieve.
This was a wider campaign and Afghan Heroes would like to thank eveyone involved.