After the summer recess, the Immigration Bill is due to re-appear in the House of Lords next week. After the disappointment of seeing the Time Limit amendment fail to win a majority in the House of Commons, we remain hopeful for this issue gaining more support in the Lords. We [...]
Jerome Phelps Strategy and advocacy consultant, and former Director of International Detention Coalition and Detention Action The summer of 2013 was a very different world. President Obama was on course to sweep to a second term. ‘Brexit’ was a neologism likely to be forgotten. Mayor of London Boris Johnson [...]
Dr Anna Lindley Senior Lecturer, Department of Development Studies, SOAS, University of London Risk is a key ‘organizing concept’ for immigration control regimes and often comes up when talking about immigration detention. As one UK detention officer put it, ‘We are protecting the community’. Yet there is also abundant [...]
We've just seen the welcome news that Morton Hall Detention Centre is due to close next year. And we're keen to promote the blog post just put out by one of our members, AVID with a quote from another of our members, the Morton Hall Detainee Visitors Group.
We are really excited at the development co-ordinated by Medical Justice setting up an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Immigration Detention. We think this is a really welcome initiative, and it is great to see over 35 Parliamentarians from across the Parties and in both Houses as members of this [...]
Last week in all of the activity building up to the debate in the House of Commons on the Report stage of the Immigration Bill, the Home Office published a 'media factsheet: detention time limits'. It is worth a quick look to see how the Home Office sets out its [...]
We were really disappointed to see that the amendments tabled by David Davis MP, despite attracting wide cross-party support, were defeated at Report stage of the Immigration Bill last week in Parliament. But we were really taken by the thread of tweets on the day from one of our members, [...]
David Davis MP has re-tabled his amendments to the Immigration Bill on detention in readiness for Report stage, which may be as early as next week. It is so great to see support growing cross-party for these amendments, including now from the following Conservative MPs: Steve Baker MP, Andrew Mitchell [...]