Immigration officials charged with carrying out the government's pledge to end the detention of children in immigration centres have launched a scheme designed to deport them and their families from the country within weeks.Ha!
The move dashes expectations of a more liberal alternative to child detention.Good!
Families with children facing removal are to be given a two-week ultimatum to leave the country voluntarily, according to a document seen by the Guardian.Naturally, this has brought the fakecharities and other parasites crawling out of the woodwork to protest this interference in their living:
If they fail to go they will be told they will be deported "at some point" within the next two weeks, sometimes without being given a specific date or time to get ready.
The Refugee Council said last night it would be extremely concerned if families were given only two weeks to leave the country when they may have been in Britain for many months or even years.Well, indeed. If I were them, I’d be pretty upset to see my regular meal ticket disappearing on a plane, perhaps never to return…
"Families must be fully informed of their options throughout the asylum process," said Donna Covey of the Refugee Council. "At the end of the process, it is imperative that families have enough time to access legal advice to ensure that they will be safe on return, and they can settle their affairs, and, importantly, prepare their children to leave the country. Many of these families will have a well-founded fear about returning to a country where there is conflict or human rights abuses, and we must ensure that they can return safely and in dignity. The welfare of children involved in any return must be paramount."Which is one long whine that the British public voted for an alternative approach to the one preferred by Ms Covey and it’s just not faaaaaaiiir that they appear to be keeping that promise.
But the UKBA document, leaked to Socialist Worker, suggests that boosting the removal rate, rather than humanitarian considerations, is the priority for ministers.And for the public, who are sick to death of seeing the money wasted on pointless legal challenges championed by the likes of the Refugee Council with the intent of prolonging the removal process.