Iain Lees-Galloway the Immigration Minister of New Zealand has overruled the decision of high-ranking officers of Immigration New Zealand. He has approved New Zealand PR for Mark Middleton. This was after an appeal from the attorney and Sensible Sentencing Trust. They have also demanded compensation for Middleton for the loss of job and legal fees.
Mark Middleton is the stepfather of Karla Cardno a schoolgirl who was murdered, as quoted by the Scoop Co NZ. Scott Guthrie the child abuse Spokesman of Sensible Sentencing Trust said that the trust congratulates the Immigration Minister. He has promptly intervened on the issue, added Guthrie.
It is really commendable that the Immigration Minister has acted swiftly for rectifying obvious injustice. The refusal of PR was yet another injury to the already aggrieved Middleton by the system.
Mark Middleton had lost his dearly loved stepdaughter in the most dreadful manner said the spokesman. He was also hauled up before the courts. Deporting him from New Zealand where he has been residing since the age of 4 would be truly disgraceful, said Guthrie.
The entire issue raises several questions, explained the Spokesman. It must be identified as to who is taking such foolish decisions at INZ. Why did the Immigration require 17 years after Middleton had become a renowned public figure to decide about his illegal status? Why did INZ need 30 years to act on his immigration status after it was identified? These questions were raised by Guthrie.
There was no need to arrest Middleton and they could have obtained the necessary answers from him even without this. He was definitely not absconding, elaborated the Spokesman. There was no need to refuse the disclosing of the immigration status of Middleton, said Guthrie.
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