A Bangor man who has been detained in a deportation centre for over four months is due to be released by the Home Office later today, after family members have proved he’s a British citizen.
Paul Tate, 53, who’s surname at birth was McDonald, was adopted and took the surname Tipton and he grew up in Maesgeirchan, Bangor. He later took the surname Tate from his wife when he married in 2007.
Mr Tate, has been held at Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre in Lincolnshire, while home office officials have been trying to deport him to the United States.
Despite insisting he was born in Bangor, and that he has never left the UK, Home Office officials said that Mr Tate had told them he was a US citizen, but he denies ever saying this.
According to lawyers, the Home Office made a request to US authorities for an emergency travel document for him in December 2017, but in January the US refused to provide one, saying it had no record of Mr Tate ever being a US citizen.
A judge, who considered his application to be released last week, refused to free him, saying: “He says he is a British citizen but has done nothing to prove it.”
A new firm of solicitors appointed this week managed to make contact with family members in Bangor, by searching the surname Tipton and thankfully contact was made with his family.
Paul’s sister Clair said: “Thank you everyone that has helped with this, it‘s all sorted now he will be released by the Home Office later today.
“The whole family pulled together to sort this as soon as we were involved this week when he had a new solicitor.”