A Tameside pub which was issued with a £15,000 penalty for hiring an illegal immigrant - who has lived in the UK for 53 years - has had the fine scrapped after the barman was allowed to return to work.
Robert Carl Jordan was born in the US but moved to Denton with his mum at the age of three when his parents split up.
The 56-year-old, who has an American passport, has worked and paid taxes here for 40 years and says he never realised he needed citizenship. He has held a number of public sector jobs.
After a mystery tip-off led to his arrest by immigration officers, he was told he had no right to be in the country and feared he could be sent back to the US, leaving his elderly mum and three children behind.
He had to quit his job at the Bay Horse pub in Houghton Green, Denton, while he fought his case.
Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne lobbied Immigration Minister James Brokenshire to allow Mr Jordan to stay. He’s now in the process of applying for dual citizenship after being told he won’t be kicked out of the country.
The MP then stepped in again to help Bay Horse landlord Mike Hill after he was hit with a £15,000 fine for employing an illegal immigrant. The fine has now been scrapped after the case was reviewed and Mr Jordan is back behind the bar.
Landlord Mr Hill had employed Mr Jordan - a family friend for more than 30 years - at the pub since 2009. He said he checked Mr Jordan’s driving licence and P46 from his last job, which included his National Insurance number, when he started.
The landlord said:
After Mr Jordan was arrested, more than 9,000 people signed a petition to keep him in Tameside.
The dad-of-three said:
Andrew Gwynne MP also said he was happy with the resolution: