The government wants to open a 400-capacity detention centre in Oxfordshire, to deprive more people of their liberty for immigration purposes. We need your help to stop them.
With the government’s Rwanda plan now in jeopardy, this is an opportunity to deal another blow to the government’s cruel agenda.
Immigration detention is harmful, unnecessary and expensive. It ruins lives and destroys communities. Unlawful detention payouts are at record levels – in the last year, the Home Office paid out £12.7m to 572 people who had been unlawfully detained. But instead of helping out UK residents with the cost of living crisis, the government is spending £227million on a new detention centre.
We’ve seen already that the government’s hostile anti-migrant agenda can be defeated. Earlier this month the government ditched its inhumane and impractical plans to warehouse 1500 people seeking asylum in military barracks in a small North Yorkshire village, after sustained campaigning from NGOs, local groups, individuals and politicians. Help us inflict another defeat on the government.
There is already significant opposition. Layla Moran, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon (where Campsfield House is located) has stated that the community would be "incredibly dismayed" after having succeeded in the fight to get the centre closed down, stating "Locking people up for months on end - without giving them any idea how long they'll be detained - is inhumane and unnecessary".
Oxford City Council, who have declared they are “unequivocally opposed to the re-opening of Campsfield House Immigration Detention Centre and calls on the government to create a fair, humane and compassionate immigration system. ”
Layla Moran has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) and a debate is scheduled for Friday 9th September. As many MPs as possible must sign up to the EDM and speak out against these inhumane plans. That's why we need you to ask your MP to do everything they can to #KeepCampsfieldClosed.
What else can be done?
As well as asking your MP to take action, there is a protest outside Parliament, at 1.15pm Friday 9 September, at the time of a parliamentary Adjournment Debate on Campsfield House. We’ll be attending, it would be great to see you there!
You can also follow the Keep Campsfield Closed coalition and the #KeepCampsfieldClosed hashtag on Twitter to keep updated.