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'DOES the minister accept that many people feel that this mass deportation is both cruel and potentially dangerous: Cruel because he is separating, just weeks from Christmas, families of people who have served their sentence; and possibly dangerous because he is deporting vulnerable people - communities that we know are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus - in the middle of a pandemic?
Diane Abbott, former Labour shadow home secretary, in a Commons debate on Monday
Until justice has been delivered for all Commonwealth Windrush victims, any deportations to Commonwealth countries risk further unlawful removals of Windrush generation members or Windrush descendants who may have the right to remain in the UK but do not yet have the required paperwork.
The credible risks of unlawful and wrongful deportations should be considered against a backdrop of concern about systemic racism.
The unlawful killing of George Floyd in the US led to widespread Black Lives Matter protests across the UK highlighting our society’s many shortcomings in valuing Black lives with equal worth.
Open letter by celebrities including Naomi Campbell, Thandie Newton, Naomie Harris, historian David Olusoga and Young Vic artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah
It is clear that we have not yet established just how far the consequences of the Windrush injustice extend. With that in mind, what assessment has been made to ensure that none of those scheduled to be on the flight are eligible under the Windrush scheme, or have been affected by the wider immigration injustices that impacted the victims of the Windrush scandal?
Holly Lynch, Labour’s immigration spokesman, in Monday’s Commons debate
Government plans to push ahead with the mass deportation ... to Jamaica this week are both obscene and irresponsible.
Labour MP Kim Johnson
The Home Office has got it wrong again and again on immigration. Will it therefore think again, halt this deportation flight and finally end the illegal hostile environment?
Labour MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy
The cost of deportation - economic, ethical and, most importantly, human - cannot be justified. Can the minister confirm that an equalities impact assessment has been completed regarding these proposed deportations, to demonstrate that due regard has been paid to equalities legislation?
Labour MP Abena Oppong-Asare
Having served as a Home Office minister in the last Labour government, I well understand the rule of law in immigration policy. But, this policy can only stand the test of time if it is deemed to be fair, just, and proportionate.
This mass deportation does not appear to me to pass this test. And so I urge you to think again on this matter; stop the deportation and restore faith that the Home Office will always act in a fair and just way.
Labour MP Liam Byrne, in a letter to Priti Patel'