Tuesday marked one year since I started working at the Home Office.
Despite the initial fears of some of my colleagues, I did not become a cynic. Immigration remains arguably one of the most contentious issues of the modern age – I am still yet to find a person without an opinion on UK immigration policy – but discourse is healthy.
Illegal immigrants, unlawful overstayers, asylum seekers, refugees – these are not just playground barbs children used to belittle each other. For many, these terms dictate their ability to live, work, and educate themselves freely.
After 12 months, I have been before dozens of FTT Judges, sat in more than 300 Court hearings and read thousands of pages of witness statements, supporting letters and expert reports. Irrespective of where you may stand on the issue, working within the Home Office has taught me that we must never lose sight of an individual’s humanity.
I have learnt so much, and continue to learn with each day I spend in Court.
God’s word is clear on how we are to conduct ourselves:
“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”
-Micah 6:8 KJV
My prayer and ambition is to always maintain that perspective – to seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly.
Until the next 12 month anniversary…!