‘You have no right to be in the UK and you should leave’: Extraordinary moment immigration minister tells five-time failed asylum seeker to go home on live TV

The United Kingdom has decided to take a very tough stance on immigration related issues. Not surprising really. Anyone who has followed the trend of terrorist activities over time may have noticed that they tend to use the laws of these lands against them. Freedom of speech (which such people have no right to in their native countries) is abused, they do evil things and take cover under human rights laws: they kill people in broad daylight and the state is compelled to pay for their defence attorneys etc. There is only so much anyone can take before they snap right? Right,

I totally get where the UK is coming from on this one. Do I support it? No. Largely because I know such sweeping measures tend to affect the innocent more than those actually being targeted. Perhaps what the UK needs to do is stick with tighter security measures regarding who comes into the country at all. I also think that while some countries do have a propensity for such activity, these security measures should be sweeping and not country specific. I know that will probably cost more money and the logistics of making it happen would probably be a nightmare, but if we take a look at the Kenya mall attack for instance, the lead suspect is a Caucasian woman who has since been nicknamed the “white widow” by the media (calling her a black widow would have been incredibly unfair in this case so that was a relief!)

However, should the UK turn a blind eye to illegals in their country? Probably not. Anyway read through the story and make your own judgment.


  • Tory Mark Harper  says Iraqi Esam Amin has no right to stay in Britain
  • Highly  charged confrontation organised by BBC television producers
  • Mr Amin has  lost legal bids for asylum in the UK five times since 2008
  • Mr Harper said  claims were ‘ridiculous’ and he ‘should leave’ the country

By  Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor


Furious immigration minister Mark Harper  personally told a failed asylum seeker to go home – on live  television.

The senior Tory told Iraqi Esam Amin that his  claims to stay in Britain were ‘ridiculous’ and he ‘should leave’ the  country.

During the highly charged confrontation on  the BBC, Mr Harper said neither the government nor the courts believed Mr Amin’s  claims and the British taxpayer should not support him.

Immigration minister Mark Harper said the taxpayer should not pay for people who have no right to stay in Britain
Iraqi Esam Amin said his six attempts to claim asylum had failed in the last five years
 Leave: Tory minister Mark Harper (left) said Iraqi Esam  Amin had no right to stay in Britain after repeatedly losing claims for asylum  in the courts

Mr Harper, who has taken an increasingly  tough line on illegal immigration, signed off the controversial ‘Go Home’ ad  vans which toured London this summer.

He came face to face with Mr Asim on BBC1’s  Sunday Politics West, making clear that the Iraqi had no right to stay in  Britain.

Mr Amin’s claims to asylum have been rejected  five times in the past six years.

The minister said it was now time to leave  the country.

During a 10-minute row, Mr Harper told him:  ‘We are very clear Mr Amin has had the chance to claim asylum, his case has been  looked at very carefully by the government, we didn’t find it  credible.


Esam Amin has been seeking asylum in the UK  since 2008.

The 32-year-old volunteer chef from East  Bristol boasts of campaigning to highlight the ‘destitution some asylum seekers  face’ in the city.

But five times the British courts have  rejected his claim that his life would be at risk if he returned to his native  Iraq.

He left Iraq in 2007 and arrived in Britain  later that year.

Writing on the Asylum Seekers in Bristol  website online, he said: ‘I know my story is true, but his system didn’t believe  me and it has made me destitute.

‘I can’t return to my country because it is  too risky for me.’

He asked Immigration Minister Mark Harper to  ‘imagine having £5 a day for food and everything, as this is the support he  gives asylum seekers and I don’t even get that at the moment’.

‘I am lucky that I have friends helping me.  Others are not so lucky, they are living outside or in bus shelters,’ he  said.

The Kurdish asylum seeker has previously  claimed the UK asylum system is ‘like a torture’ and organised street protests  against it.

Working as a chef for the Welcome House run  by the Bristol Hospitality Network, Mr Amin has been praised for cooking ‘many  wonderful meals – many of which involve surprisingly tasty fish  heads’.

‘We have a fair system where he is able  to  go through a legal process and the judge didn’t find his claim  credible, in  fact he said parts of his claim were “not credible and  ridiculous”.

‘I’m  afraid he has no right to be in the United Kingdom and he should  leave.’

Mr Amin claimed his life would be in danger  if he was sent back to Iraq.

But he admitted he has failed in his bid to  claim asylum in Bristol five times since 2008.

He told the programme: ‘I am not an illegal  person, I am an asylum seeker, I am a human being like you.

‘My life in my country is in danger that’s  why I decided, and I left my  family and everything, to come here. I claimed  asylum, I came to find a  safe place.

‘I know my story is true and your system  doesn’t believe me.

‘Five times they didn’t believe me which has  been going on for nearly six  years. I can’t return to my home because my life  is in danger there. I  am campaigning so I can get my right to a safe  place.’

He claimed that he had only £5 to live on  after his claim was rejected.

But Mr Harper said the British taxpayer  should not have to pick up the tab for someone who has no right to be  here.

The minister added: ‘With the greatest respect when you were here claiming asylum taxpayers supported you, you now  have no right to be in the United Kingdom and you should return.

‘We don’t believe you and neither did the  judge.’

He went on: ‘Hardworking families will be sat  there finding it incredible  that someone has had the chance to go through a  system, have had a  decision, have appealed it to a judge and they have been  found not to  have the need for our protection.

‘They would think it is incredible that the  taxpayer should continue  supporting them to stay in this country and they have  no right to be  here.

‘It doesn’t give everyone in the world the  right to come to the United Kingdom.’

Confrontation: The stand-off came on live television, with Mr Harmer making clear that Mr Amin has no right to stay in BritainConfrontation: The stand-off came on live television,  with Mr Harmer making clear that Mr Amin has no right to stay in  Britain

Ministers have grown increasingly frustrated  with repeated legal challenges from people seeking to live in the UK.

Mr Harper warned the costs and ongoing court  battles risked undermining public support for the entire immigration  system.

He told the BBC: ‘We protect people and we  are very  generous at protecting people genuinely fleeing persecution, and I  think if people abuse our system.

‘It will damage the British public’s  tolerance for people genuinely fleeing persecution.’

Mr Harper has previously argued that the controversial ‘Go home, or face arrest’ poster campaign was not  ‘racist’ and  is pushing for it to be extended across the country.

Tough: Mr Harper was the minister who signed off the controversial 'Go Home' ad vans which toured London this summerTough: Mr Harper was the minister who signed off the  controversial ‘Go Home’ ad vans which toured London this summer

He launched a strong attack on critics of the  Home Office billboards, claiming they are encouraging those who are in the  country illegally to go on breaking the law.

‘No society that encourages people to break  its laws can survive,’ Mr Harper said.

‘That, however, is precisely what our critics  are asking us to do. They say we should not try to persuade illegal immigrants  to leave.’

The Home Office has been told by the  Advertising Standards Authority to stop using the vehicles because claims about  the number of arrests were ‘misleading’.

The ASA said the ‘go home’ slogan was  ‘distasteful’ but cleared it over complaints that it was offensive and  irresponsible.

The Home Office sent the vans displaying  billboards warning overstaying migrants ‘Go home, or you’ll be picked up and  deported’ to tour six London boroughs in July.

Tory ministers including Mr Harper made clear  their desire to send the vans across the country but the Lib Dems dismissed them  as ‘silly’ and refused to back their future use.

Labour accused the Tories of using the  ‘language of the National Front’.

The Advertising Standards Authority received  224 complaints against the Home Office campaign earlier this year.

Groups representing migrants in the UK, legal  academics and Labour peer Lord Lipsey were among those who complained to the  ASA.


Culled from dailymail.co.uk


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