“Life after Detention” BID volunteer Charlotte writes for the Justice Gap
Three stories reflecting an immigration system that inflicts so much harm with such little compassion
28 May 2020
BID Volunteer Charlotte writes for the Justice Gap:
"At some point when Asim applied to extend his stay, his application was refused. As they made plans for the future, Asim and Nisha kept working with their lawyer to regularise their immigration status for years. The couple appealed, fought back and tried again but received refusal after refusal. In the summer of 2019, they were suddenly arrested at home and taken to an immigration detention centre pending removal.
Their two children, 19 and 24 years old at the time, were not detained with them. They were left at the family house, with a mortgage still outstanding, and no idea whether they would ever see their parents again. Jayden was set to start university in September, whilst Natasha had a separate outstanding asylum claim."