On the evening of Monday 17th July, the House of Commons used its huge Tory majority to consent to a cruel experiment – because that’s what the Illegal Migration Bill is. With no evidence to back up the Home Secretary’s insistence that the measures are bound to work, we know the UK is set on a course of despair, however the Home Office cares to spin it. The bill will soon become law.
Detention harms us all
Two days previously, our monthly demonstration heard about the conditions in Derwentside IRC that had prompted its Independent Monitoring Board to recommend the Minister for Immigration, Robert Jenrick, to ‘reconsider the suitability of Derwentside as an immigration removal centre’. You can read the report here
N2H member Debbie spoke powerfully about the damage of detention, and of the women seeking asylum that she had met on the other side of the Channel – no different from the women locked up beyond the IRC barrier behind her.
“Every single one of those women deserves a better life, and I wish I could walk amongst them in the streets together as friends, and ask them about their lives and their children as they would mine, in a decent world.”
Speaking out to the media
In our press release today Dr Helen Groom, our chair said: