B1614 –Asylum and Immigration Bill 2020Watch
- Political Ambassador
The wording of 3 is problematic for many reasons. Firstly, whilst the title talks about non-nationals, the text in (1) does not. Thus this bill has the effect of deporting all British citizens who are sentenced for more that 12 months.
Second, it seems completely abhorrent to me to deport an entire family because their sixteen-year-old child broke the law.
Lastly, if a couple come to the UK together but become estranged. If they both came over because one of them had a job, I see no reason to remove their partner who may now be entirely independent of them.
This deportation part basically seems to be designed to get around right to a family life by creating instead a situation where the crimes of the father are quite literally the crimes of the son. In a liberal democracy with the rule of law we hold people responsible for their actions, we do not and should never hold others responsible by association.
Nay. We need to start taking more responsibility for immigration and asylum seekers and not just ship them off at the slightest problem.
I'm still not going to support deporting criminals either – they should serve their sentence here first.
- Political Ambassador
However, one is fully in favour of ejecting foreign criminals, within the mandate of the law. there will of course be exceptions to this. It is rather unconscionable to deport someone (lets say committed of assault in a bar brawl) to Afghanistan (as but another example) if they have spent their entire life in the UK but are still technically classed as a foreign national.
Essentially all of this is dealt with under pre-existing laws anyway, foreign criminals can already be deported so i fail to see the need for more legislation that doesnt drastically change it and might well impinge upon existing laws?
Although i have no objection to section 1, section 2 needs to allow powers to the Secretary of State to grant requests in circumstance specific situations (perhaps the Russians invade Poland for example). The guidance for processing asylum requests also needs extending from 6 to 12 months as per Aph's comment so that you can then outline the provisions of a quota system (be that a lottery or anything else). Essentially this section is very underdeveloped as things stand.
Regarding section 3 i tend to agree with The Rt. Hon. Napp. MP in that one should not be deporting the family of those who have committed a crime (whether the family should have been aloud to come is much more debatable) if the family members have upheld British law and they should also serve their prison sentence first.
Aye to deportation of foreign criminals - I'm not sure a cap on the number of successful asylum claims is the right way to go about solving the issue of illegal immigrants attempting to reach the Kent coast but it's a better solution than what we have at present.
I'm not sure setting the limits on those who can seek refuge in a country because they're coming here to avoid getting killed in some cases is a very good idea personally. It'll lead to arbitrary decisions and people not being treated as people.