The desperate cries of children torn from their parents by US officials on the US-Mexico border have rightly provoked outrage and revulsion worldwide. Less well-known is that the UK government also separates parents from their children for the purpose of immigration control by sending the parent into immigration detention.
Research published today sheds light on the extent to which immigration detainees are denied access to justice. The survey, collected by charity Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID), is the only data collected on the availability of legal advice and representation in immigration detention.
What follows is just a sample of the kinds of decisions that our clients are faced with on a daily basis. Yesterday’s incidents are not particularly unusual but might shock those not familiar with the travesty of immigration detention.
Just a few days ago Thomas Beamont wrote on this blog about the Court of Appeal’s decision in Mwesezi v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 1104 in which the court upheld a decision to deport a foreign criminal. An article by Iain Halliday on the Freemovement website. Please note this article is behind a pay-wall.
Asylum seekers unlawfully held in removal centres for months despite courts ruling they can be released, lawyers warn. Homeless asylum seekers left to 'languish' in removal centres despite being granted bail because Home Office claims detention is 'not dissimilar' to emergency accommodation.
On 23 May 2018 the Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD) published amendments to his removals policy (at Chapter 60 of his Enforcement Guidance and Instructions, titled ‘Judicial Review and injunctions’) in direct response to proceedings issued on 28th November 2017. The changes reflect concessions made in April this year by the SSHD in the course of these proceedings.
Rogue immigration solicitors exploiting vulnerable migrants by charging thousands for 'substandard' service. Desperate immigrants losing legitimate cases or given false hope about claims that are unwinnable.
Campaigners highlight ‘endemic’ problems in the UK’s detention system. Use of force against people in one of the UK’s largest immigration detention centres has soared by more than 160 per cent in two years, a watchdog report has revealed.
Today The Lawyer reveals the shortlist for The Lawyer Awards 2018, in association with Travelers, the legal industry’s biggest night of the year. Allen & Overy and Bail for Immigration Detainees have been shortlisted for the pro bono initiative of the year.
Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) is a registered Charity No. 1077187. Registered in England as a Limited Company No. 03803669. Accredited by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner Ref. No. N200100147.
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