Celia Clarke, director of Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID), said this was not the first time the Home Office had “utterly failed to take into account children’s best interests in an immigration case”.
She continued: “It is quite frankly astonishing that no attention was paid to the very clear interests of the British children in this sorry situation. Fortunately the children were not taken into care and their mother was allowed to enter but only as a result of an injunction that she took out.
“We have had clients whose children have been taken into care as a result of the Home Office detaining a parent. This is completely contrary to the Home Office’s own policy and statutory duty and is utterly reprehensible.”