A month ago, the Home Secretary Priti Patel announced her New Immigration Plan, with a lot of fanfare about delivering reformed asylum system.
Some aspects of the proposals are actually current policy, some are ideas that have been floated before, many will result in legal challenges. None are the changes that the asylum and immigration system needs.
You can read a summary of what the proposals are on the Free Movement blog here. You can read Free From Torture’s blog post on what is wrong with the proposals here. Scottish Detainee Visitors have put together an article explaining what the changes would mean for those of us concerned about immigration detention.
People have always migrated, and always will. These proposals will not stop this, it will just mean lives lost and harm caused.
The Home Office opened a consultation on their proposals, which you can respond to until 6 May. Many of you will have experience and wisdom to share – please see the link below if you would like to input into the consultation.
The consultation questions are not neutral.
Have a read of this useful guide from Women for Refugee Women about how to respond to the consultation here.
Migrants Organise have put together a really helpful resource looking at whether we should respond to the consultation, how to do so if you do want to, and what else you can do. Take a look here.
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