The Government Illustrated An Immigration Story With A Picture Of A Girl It Tried To Deport
The government has admitted it was wrong to use a copyrighted photo of a child it tried to deport to Chile for the piece.
The government has apologised after using a picture of a girl it tried to deport to illustrate a story on tough immigration controls.
The news story covers the Home Office's decision to appeal against the decision to impose a a high court ruling on the minimum income threshold for new immigrants.
This policy, introduced by the coalition government in an attempt to keep down immigration levels, requires British citizens who want to bring over a foreign partner to show they have an income of at least £18,600 a year. This rises to £22,400 if the partner has a child.
Immigration lawyer Colin Yeo tweeted the story this weekend after feeling the image was unsuitable for the story and later wrote about it on his blog.
By chance one of his followers was the mother of the child in the centre of the picture. And she wasn't happy.
It turned out the picture was lifted from this Daily Record story about the battle to stop Francisca's daughter Millie Canales being deported. The government even cropped out the photographer's credit.
Francisca was upset by the reappearance of this picture.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has since apologised and in a statement said the image "should never have been used in this way".
Millie Canales and her mother were eventually allowed to remain in the UK but hundreds of families who are unable to meet the income threshold remain separated.