“The UK government’s decision to forcibly remove 50 people to Jamaica on Wednesday morning, deporting them on a private charter plane, was unjust and unfair.
By deporting them, their right to apply and return has been taken away.
Lawyers representing some of those who were targeted were successful on Tuesday evening in challenging the deportation of their clients, with at least seven people taken off the flight.
But many more were unsuccessful. It was inappropriate for the UK to gather up so many and such a mix of people – each facing different circumstances and with a different status – in one big sweep, and to charter an aircraft to deport them all at once. Because of the way in which they were removed, the assumption made by some people is that they were all criminals and all in the UK illegally. This has stigmatised everyone on the flight.”
An appalling administrative policy and practice. But, more appallingly, the political reaction will be positive for the authorities. We, the public, are collectively jaded and apathetic, even if many good people try to alert us to the dangers of such a repressive downward spiral.
To read the full op-ed in The Guardian, please click here.