Protesters are demonstrating outside the Jamaican High Commission in South Kensington to challenge the Home Office over their attempt to deport people on a charter flight to Jamaica.
Home Secretary Priti Patel is preparing an attempt to send people back to Jamaica on a charter plane. This will be the fourth mass deportation to the Caribbean since the Windrush scandal.
The Home Office has defended these flights, saying they will remove convicted criminals of serious crimes from the UK and those with no right to remain.
However, campaigners and protesters claim that there will be people on the flight who do not have criminal convictions.
Karen Doyle, national organiser at Movement for Justice, said in a statement:
“The whole process of detention and mass deportation charter flights is brutal and unjust. It leads to neglect and treats people worse than animals. It puts racist deportations above human lives. We have a Home Secretary who advocates for death penalty by stealth. We must resist.”
The protest was attended by two desperate mothers fighting for their sons to stay in the UK.
This was despite both having no convictions – but they have since been removed following a protest yesterday, according to the Jamaican High Commission.
Relieved that the Government have pulled my vulnerable constituents off next week’s mass deportation flight.
The fact they were ever on there shows that the Home Office still operates under the same “deport first, ask questions later” mentality that led to the Windrush Scandal.
— Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP (@BellRibeiroAddy) November 4, 2021
The Home Office declared that this is part of their political drive towards the Nationality and Borders Bill and the New Plan for Immigration to tackle illegal migration and attract new highly-skilled immigrants.
It was reported on the other hand, that on the previous charter flight the Home Office spent £200,000 to deport just four people.
The stated objectives of the bill aims to make the asylum system fairer, deter illegal entry into the UK, and remove people with no right to stay in the country.
It also means that anyone arriving in the UK illegally could have their claim ruled as inadmissible and will have their family members barred from joining them.
✅ The Skilled Worker Visa
✅ The Global Talent Visa
✅ The Graduate Visa
✅ The Start-up & Innovator Visas
And now, the Scale Up Visa ✅
— Priti Patel (@pritipatel) October 27, 2021
A Home Office spokesperson, said in a statement:
“We reject these claims entirely. The new plan for immigration complies with all our international obligations, including under the European convention on human rights and the UN refugee convention.”
Voice of London is trying to reach members from the Jamaican community in London for comments and opinions.
Meanwhile, RT UK explored the story of actor Ace Ruele Aristotles: a UK-born actor who faces deportation to Jamaica – despite having never lived there before.
Words: Francesco Ghanaymi
Sub-Editor: Tadhg Ormond