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Sussex father deported because cancer treatment was too expensive

The Argus: The Marx family The Marx family

A BRITISH mother has been left to bring up her daughter alone after her American husband was kicked out of the country – because he had cancer.

Lorraine Marx, 56, nursed partner Ralph Marx, also 56, when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

But the former Royal Navy chief petty officer watched as he was deported against medical advice The Home Office ruled he had become a burden on the taxpayer and the NHS billed him £98,000 for the treatment he had received.

The couple, who have ten-year-old daughter Alexandra, married in 2001, but Ralph had chosen not to apply for residency status.

It meant the chemical engineer was only allowed to stay in Britain for up to six months at a time.

But his cancer diagnosis and resultant stay in hospital meant he was at risk of over-staying his visitor status.

Mr Marx surrendered his passport in 2012 and applied for Family Leave to Remain, at their home in Chidham, near Chichester.

But the Home Office rejected his application and ordered he leave Britain immediately.

A judge upheld the family’s appeal in January this year, and said: “On no occasion, save the time when he was gravely ill, did he fail to comply with the terms of his visa.”

The NHS has since dropped its bill but the Home Office is appealing and Mr Marx continues to live in America. His case will be heard today. Mrs Marx said: “We’d tried so hard to be positive, and after Ralph had been so sick, it was almost too much to bear. To then receive the NHS bill made me feel like someone had thumped me in the stomach.”

Mr Marx said: “The Home Office is well aware that we are financially stable for the long term.

“The greatest tragedy, though, is in the pain and destruction of a British family at a critical time in their lives. We will never get this time back.”

A spokesman for the Home Office said: “We are appealing the tribunal’s decision because we believe it did not apply the immigration rules correctly. Our family rules have been designed to make sure that those coming to the UK to join their spouse or partner will not become a burden on the taxpayer and will be well enough supported to integrate effectively.”

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5:13pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Fight_Back says...

And yet the Tories are always banging on about how important the family unit is. Hypocrites.
And yet the Tories are always banging on about how important the family unit is. Hypocrites. Fight_Back
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5:30pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Imbecile says...

The family unit can live in the US and save the UK taxpayer some money.
The family unit can live in the US and save the UK taxpayer some money. Imbecile
  • Score: 9

8:07pm Tue 11 Mar 14

The Wolfie says...

I wonder how many of our other ethnic 'friends' would have been deported? Of course none - that would be racist wouldn't it...
I wonder how many of our other ethnic 'friends' would have been deported? Of course none - that would be racist wouldn't it... The Wolfie
  • Score: 2

9:30pm Tue 11 Mar 14

The Real Phil says...

The Wolfie wrote:
I wonder how many of our other ethnic 'friends' would have been deported? Of course none - that would be racist wouldn't it...
Americans are the second largest group of immigrants into the UK. however, this man was not an immigrant but a visitor who eventually overstayed his visa. Harsh as it may be portrayed this was the right action to take.
[quote][p][bold]The Wolfie[/bold] wrote: I wonder how many of our other ethnic 'friends' would have been deported? Of course none - that would be racist wouldn't it...[/p][/quote]Americans are the second largest group of immigrants into the UK. however, this man was not an immigrant but a visitor who eventually overstayed his visa. Harsh as it may be portrayed this was the right action to take. The Real Phil
  • Score: 0

9:44pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Minion says...

Imbecile wrote:
The family unit can live in the US and save the UK taxpayer some money.
How will the UK taxpayer save some money?
Taxes are paid regardless.
[quote][p][bold]Imbecile[/bold] wrote: The family unit can live in the US and save the UK taxpayer some money.[/p][/quote]How will the UK taxpayer save some money? Taxes are paid regardless. Minion
  • Score: 3

10:30pm Tue 11 Mar 14

alyn, southwick says...

The Real Phil wrote:
The Wolfie wrote:
I wonder how many of our other ethnic 'friends' would have been deported? Of course none - that would be racist wouldn't it...
Americans are the second largest group of immigrants into the UK. however, this man was not an immigrant but a visitor who eventually overstayed his visa. Harsh as it may be portrayed this was the right action to take.
As I read the story he never overstayed, but he planned for the possibility by seeking to apply for special exemptions to avoid that risk, before his leave to stay expired. The result deportation.
Have a heart.
[quote][p][bold]The Real Phil[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Wolfie[/bold] wrote: I wonder how many of our other ethnic 'friends' would have been deported? Of course none - that would be racist wouldn't it...[/p][/quote]Americans are the second largest group of immigrants into the UK. however, this man was not an immigrant but a visitor who eventually overstayed his visa. Harsh as it may be portrayed this was the right action to take.[/p][/quote]As I read the story he never overstayed, but he planned for the possibility by seeking to apply for special exemptions to avoid that risk, before his leave to stay expired. The result deportation. Have a heart. alyn, southwick
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8:12pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Imbecile says...

Minion wrote:
Imbecile wrote:
The family unit can live in the US and save the UK taxpayer some money.
How will the UK taxpayer save some money?
Taxes are paid regardless.
He's cost the NHS £98,000!! Who else is paying if not the taxpayer?
[quote][p][bold]Minion[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Imbecile[/bold] wrote: The family unit can live in the US and save the UK taxpayer some money.[/p][/quote]How will the UK taxpayer save some money? Taxes are paid regardless.[/p][/quote]He's cost the NHS £98,000!! Who else is paying if not the taxpayer? Imbecile
  • Score: 1

11:35pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Minion says...

Imbecile wrote:
Minion wrote:
Imbecile wrote: The family unit can live in the US and save the UK taxpayer some money.
How will the UK taxpayer save some money? Taxes are paid regardless.
He's cost the NHS £98,000!! Who else is paying if not the taxpayer?
All I'm saying is, any money saved doesn't end up in the tax payers pocket.
[quote][p][bold]Imbecile[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Minion[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Imbecile[/bold] wrote: The family unit can live in the US and save the UK taxpayer some money.[/p][/quote]How will the UK taxpayer save some money? Taxes are paid regardless.[/p][/quote]He's cost the NHS £98,000!! Who else is paying if not the taxpayer?[/p][/quote]All I'm saying is, any money saved doesn't end up in the tax payers pocket. Minion
  • Score: 0

5:26am Sat 15 Mar 14

Nw3nvusa says...

Why did Mr Marx jot apply for UK resident status during 13 years of marriage? Trying NOT to be cynical but was it perhaps to avoid paying UK taxes ? Family claim substantial income so why no private health policy to cover non status ? He would not have to have stopped being
US citizen. Why now, if deported, and hopefully receiving healthcare in US ( who pays ?) is his family not relocating to be with him ?
The sadness & lack of common moral empathy from UK & NHS bureaucrats not withstanding there is much to this story unreported.
No 6 month visa non resident would receive £98.000 of cancer treatment free in USA. First question asked in ER is 'insurance ?'......
Wish you well Mr Marx
Why did Mr Marx jot apply for UK resident status during 13 years of marriage? Trying NOT to be cynical but was it perhaps to avoid paying UK taxes ? Family claim substantial income so why no private health policy to cover non status ? He would not have to have stopped being US citizen. Why now, if deported, and hopefully receiving healthcare in US ( who pays ?) is his family not relocating to be with him ? The sadness & lack of common moral empathy from UK & NHS bureaucrats not withstanding there is much to this story unreported. No 6 month visa non resident would receive £98.000 of cancer treatment free in USA. First question asked in ER is 'insurance ?'...... Wish you well Mr Marx Nw3nvusa
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