"We need to know that you're not going to be living off benefits from day one of arriving here," the immigration minister said last year as he announced new rules to cut the number of people coming to Britain.
It is hard to imagine he had Kei Yamomoto in mind.
Kei is the Japanese husband of Marianne Bailey, a 35-year-old former senior designer for Yamaha, who now runs her own design firm. She is pregnant with Kei's baby, but her husband could be deported at any time.
They are just one of the thousands of families said to be prevented from living together in the UK because, on paper, Marianne does not earn enough to satisfy immigration officials.
"I'm giving birth in July," she says. "But they could take away my husband at any time - just pick him up."
I'm on the other end. We can't come in because we don't have 63,000 quid in savings. Despite me being a UK citizen who has lived and worked and paid tax in the UK, and that I should be able to get a decent job when I get there, and that I have no desire or intention to live on benefits.
It's amazing how many British people's rights the government seems willing to sacrifice to appeal to UKIP voters and Daily Mail readers.