I’ve left out the names. There were two children and both were born in Britain as British citizens. They can “go home” where they belong, though, as far as this civil servant is concerned.
This matches with another recent refusal in another case of mine but where similar reasoning was applied to an adult partner:
Again, I’ve left out personal details. The lady in question, now middle aged, had come to the UK as a small child and been naturalised soon after arrival. Note the reference to her “home” country. Britain can never be her “home”, she is told here by the British state.
The poisonous discourse of immigration law and control is increasingly racist. It is hardly surprising that it infects the reasoning of civil servants tasked with enforcing our increasingly draconian immigration laws. We’ve had Mark Harper’s “go home” vans. Stop and search immigration raids are used on racially diverse areas. Judges casually question ethnic minority witnesses at court on their immigration status, and Home Office civil servants will ask to check papers if the witness asserts they are British. With new landlord checks due to be piloted from December in Enoch Powell’s old stamping ground, it feels as if what progress has been made since the 1970s is slipping away.