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Deportation Crime: Trump’s Racism under Cover of Law

In All, Deportation by Adam

Donald Trump has made quite a show of his anti-immigration stance for quite some time, and it is not always easy to tell whether he is that bigoted or just trying to appeal to an ignorant mass. However, his latest executive action to identify and remove immigrants who have been convicted or just charged of a crime in a weekly list is a new level. Is he committing a’ deportation crime’ of his own, and dressing it as some kind of legal process? Trump is prejudiced. Or he pretends to be prejudiced – I’m not sure which is worse. To specifically target immigrants who have committed crimes, or have been accused, is one of the most ludicrous attempts to scapegoat crime onto the shoulders of immigrants. Moreover, it could even be stepping awfully close to finding an excuse to commit …

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Detention and Deportation: the Devil in Demand?

In All, Deportation by Adam

This morning my email inbox was bombarded by a range of news stories about deportation, detention and the Devil: the Home Office. From government “cover-up” attempts to unfair detention and deportations. It was as if the UK had descended into a new depth of justice depravity overnight. The narrative appeared clear: a woman was facing deportation and leaving her sick child behind, even though she had lived here for 25 years. Moreover, the government was hiding the news by talking about the Budget. It seemed that once again we were seeing a grave injustice being played out. I have recently written a blog questioning the lack of compassion being shown to another woman who faces deportation (Deportation of Compassion) despite having been in the UK for a similar amount of time. I was brought to task by a reader over …

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Deportation of Compassion

In All, Deportation by Adam

We all understand that sometimes deportation is necessary. When people are here illegally; or if they are here on visas but commit serious crimes; or if they over-stay a short visa and try to defy the system. There are dishonest people in the UK who do not have the right to be here and indeed should be deported. Mrs Clennell made the UK her home for 27 years. She married a British man who had two sons. She became his full time carer through his illness – something that our social care system can no longer sufficiently cater for with all the cuts. In those 27  years she returned to her home country for long periods of time to care for her parents. Of course one of the conditions or “rules” of Indefinite Leave to Remain is that the individual doesn’t …