Our trustees have written a letter to the Home Office and Priti Patel, the Home Secretary calling for people in immigration detention to be released. Detention centres are utterly inappropriate places for people to be held during a pandemic. There is little prospect of removals or deportations and any incarceration facility is a place where the virus will be particularly virulent. Read the full letter here.
Detention Action has issued a legal challenge, over the Government’s failure to safeguard all those held in UK Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs) from Covid-19. They have also launched a petition, calling for all people in detention to be released. Sign the petition here.
We have also signed on a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, laying out a set of key policy recommendations that would help support the effort to minimise risks around the spread of the virus, whilst ensuring that vulnerable migrants experiencing homelessness and destitution are able to access vital support, healthcare and appropriate accommodation. Read the full letter here.
We joined Migrants Organise, the Helen Bamber Foundation and many other charities in a letter requesting the Home Secretary, urgently provide clear confirmation that all immigration reporting conditions will be suspended given the Covid-19 pandemic. You can see the full letter here.