“Doesn’t anyone in the Home Office have a heart?” London-born EastEnders actor, 33, again argues against deportation to mother’s native Jamaica – where he has only been TWICE – for conviction when he was 19
- Ace Ruele Aristotles, 33, was born in London to a Jamaican mother
- The father of three was on indefinite leave until he was jailed in 2008
- He spent three years in prison after encountering the ‘wrong crowd’ as a teenager
- Since his conviction, Mr. Aristotle has appeared in major film and TV shows
- The Home Office has since threatened to deport him to Jamaica
A British actor from Eastenders has made a new plea to the Home Office to let him stay in the UK as he is still being deported to Jamaica, despite having only visited the country twice as a child.
Father of three Ace Ruele Aristotles, 33, was born in London, but his Jamaican mother did not have British citizenship and his residence permit was revoked after serving a three-year sentence at the age of 19.
The movie star, who has appeared in The Legend of Tarzan and New Blood, now has to pay £ 2,389 every 30 months to stay in the country where he was born and where he lives with his three children.
He said to MyLondon, ‘You sometimes think to yourself,’ is there no one in the Home Office with a heart? ‘
Father of three Ace Ruele Aristotles (pictured), 33, was born in London but his Jamaican mother did not have British citizenship
Despite the uncertainty, Mr. Aristotle (pictured) has appeared in several movies and TV shows, guiding young people at high risk of insult and working with the police on outreach initiatives
He added: ‘I’ve worked, I’ve had a family, I was born and raised here, I’ve worked with the Met Police, the London mayor’s office, to tackle youth violence … so why make you worry me? I never understood why. ‘
Mr Aristotle was given an indefinite leave to remain in the UK, but after being convicted of crimes including robbery and three years in prison in 2008, he was sent to an immigration center for five months.
While there, he successfully contested deportation. But five years ago, its status was changed to limited residence permit, the Independent reported earlier this month.
He told the newspaper, “I feel like I’m being punished twice for a mistake I made years ago.
“I take responsibility for my actions, but in the end I served my time, never took offense again, and I am not a threat to society.”
A judge ruled in favor of Mr. Aristotle when he went to court over the decision to lower his status.
But after a government appeal, another judge overturned the decision, claiming he had a “ financial incentive ” to reoffend and failed to demonstrate family ties.
Mr. Aristotle said he had been out of prison for four and a half years when his indefinite stay was withdrawn.
He was given indefinite leave to stay in the UK, but after being convicted of crimes, including robbery, and three years in prison in 2008, he was sent to an immigration center for five months. In the photo, Mr. Aristotle with his three children
Following a government appeal, another judge overturned the decision, claiming he had a ‘financial incentive’ to reoffend and failed to demonstrate family ties
Despite the uncertainty, Mr. Aristotle has appeared in several films and TV shows, mentored young people who are at high risk of offense, and has worked with the police on outreach initiatives.
A few years ago, he received a letter from the Interior Ministry threatening him with deportation, he said.
Mr. Aristotle now has no nationality, because he does not have the Jamaican nationality either.
It means he cannot travel for work and has missed opportunities – including in Canada, Spain and Italy – and has no access to benefits.
Mr. Aristotle wrote a letter to the Ministry of the Interior blaming institutional racism for his treatment. When an Upper Tribunal judge ruled that his status should be lowered, the court said his mention of racism “undermined all the appellant’s suggestions who accepted his insult.”
And a previous court’s rejection of the decision to lower his status was not considered by the Upper Tribunal.
An Interior Ministry spokesman said: ‘Mr Kentake’s indefinite leave has been withdrawn due to crime.
‘Then he was given Limited Leave to Remain, which allows him to stay and work in the UK.’