Justice, acknowledgement and right to work

Justice, acknowledgement and right to work

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Loyd Leefland started this petition to Secretary of State for the Home Department and

Dear reader,

My name is Loyd Leefland and I was born in South America, Suriname on 17 June 1978. In my young adult life I was working in Suriname as a technician at a hotel and casino holiday resort. During my third year with the company in 1998, I was on standby duty and on call out for any emergencies. I got a call from my boss that I was needed at the hotel, so I went to room B2 which was occupied by two women from London and my job was to fix the air-conditioning system. That's how I first met my ex wife and ended up moving to England legally on 2 May 2002, on a settlement visa. I got married in England in December 2002. Today I have 8 children in total, all born in Britain.

Since 2014, I have been refused my right to work and provide for my children by the Home Office. I am a victim of the Home Office because of the colour of skin and my religion, what else can it be? I have provided all the required evidence, I haven’t claimed or received a penny from the government since the day I came to England. I have lived here all my adult life, witnessed the births of all my children here in England and yet still its not enough to keep me with them.

I have been locked up in a prison by the Home Office twice, in 2017 alone. Both times, taken while I was with my children, without justification. The first time, May, I was held in a cell in the local police station without having committed a crime, and then driven 6 hours away from where I lived to Lincolnshire, Morton Hall. They held me for 2 months, in locked cells 8pm-8am with guarded communal areas during the day, treated as if we were criminals. I witnessed a young Brazilian man kill himself in the cell next to mine. I pressed the alarm and the guards came to my cell and asked what I wanted, when I told them that the man next door was hitting his head against the wall repeatedly really hard their response was shocking. They stated he is just upset because he is getting deported in the morning early. I asked whether they were going to check on him and they said no, he will be fine. He didn't stop hitting his head. I phoned my partner at home and asked her to phone Morton Hall's main office and tell them that this man is killing himself. Their response to her was that there are guards on the wings and not to worry. The next morning they opened our cells later than normal because they were removing his body and cleaning his cell.

I had no idea what was going to happen to me while I was there, or whether I would ever see my children again – they don't update you on what's happening or how long you are going to be there. All of a sudden, I was released on temporary admission. But within 6 months, the same thing happened and I was taken again around September and kept away from my family for 6 weeks more. After that I was released without any explanation or idea of what would happen to me next and had to find my own way back home from over 200 miles away.

In Febraury 2018, it happened again. This time I was taken to Campsfield, where the conditions were even worse. I was there for 2 months. During this time I sustained a back injury and was refused medical treatment. I was refused pain relief and access to a doctor with what turned out to be a slipped disc, I even begged for crutches because I could not stand up straight however was told I didn't need them by the staff – not a doctor. When I spoke up about my right to see a doctor and how long it had taken for them to allow this, it resulted in my medical notes being tampered with and dates written over in different handwriting to make it seem as though I had been assessed earlier. I protested about not being able to walk all the way to the medical care team to pick up the pain medication 3 times a day and I asked for them to help me with this because of the pain from my (then still undiagnosed) slipped disc. In response I was told I was unreasonable and put into an isolation cell for 2 hours – an empty room with no furniture at all. I couldn't even sit – I had just lean on the wall and wait for someone to come back and let me out.

As a result of this ridiculous treatment, I have had to have 2 operations on my back and will have permanent nerve damage for the rest of my life. There is no one that wants to take responsibility, its like I can shout but no body listens to me. The affect on my mental health has been a challenge to deal with, and my children live with the fear of their father disappearing again with no notice. At the whim of the Home Office.

It has now been 6 years and I have been stripped of the right to work and provide for my family and yet at the same time blocked from accessing any kind of financial support from the government. 

I have been to countless organisations and no one has the power to help – so I am asking for you to help give me a voice by signing this petition and standing by me in refusing to let anyone turn a blind eye again.

I deserve continue to live and work in the UK and provide for my children, I have lost 6 years already and my health as a result. 

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