A Birmingham priest is aiming to change people's perceptions of asylum seekers after being ignored in a symbolic protest at New Street station.
Dr Dick Rodgers, from Saint Martin's Church, sat in sack-cloth with ashes on his head as a protest against the deportation of a Chinese man who claims he will be executed upon his return.
Yang Wenqi, aged 51, claims he worked for secret services in Shanghai and left the country without authority after he refused to follow Government instructions to persecute followers of Chinese spiritual sect, the Falun Gong.
Dr Rodgers, aged 58, from Northfield, who formerly worked at Birmingham Children's Hospital, staged his protest at the Home Office decision to deport Mr Yang on Wednesday.
He said: "My petition was signed by 152 people. Of course most walked by. I knelt on the pavement, wearing a clerical collar, a sackcloth coat and with ashes on my forehead and called out to each passers-by: "Please sign our petition to stop the Home Secretary deporting a Chinese man back to his death."
"Almost everybody walked by. Most people don't care. I want to change that."
Mr Yang, a father-of-one who lost his application for asylum, claims to have a copy of an arrest warrant issued instructing security agents "to arrest or execute him".
The Home Office rejected the document, claiming it was an internal communication with no corroborative evidence.
Dr Rodgers will continue to highlight Mr Yang's case and find him a lawyer.