David Drew MP calls for urgent halt to Jamaica deportations in letter to Home Secretary
Deportation charter flights to Jamaica are brutal, inhumane and unjustified. Which is why I wrote to Sajid Javid this week to call for an urgent halt to the practice . This is my letter.
The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP
2 Marsham Street
London, SW1P 4DF
4 February 2019
Re: Stroud constituents of Jamaican origin
Several constituents have written to me recently with information that the Home Office is planning once again to deport UK residents of Jamaican origin in the coming weeks. As with the last set of deportations, many of these have close family ties in the UK, often with ongoing asylum applications awaiting appeal, and some may even be part of the Windrush generation whose citizenship papers were lost by the Home Office.
I am writing now to request urgent information on anyone due to be deported to Jamaica in the coming month who is one of my constituents, and to request that the Home Office stay their deportation order.
I am in agreement with the Home Affairs Select Committee finding that the practice of deportation charter flights is brutal and inhumane. This not least because the people due to be deported could well have a legal right to be here, as evidenced by the courts overturning 42% of Home Office decisions to refuse the right to remain. The policy of ‘deport first, appeal later’ has itself been widely criticised and ruled unlawful in one case in the Supreme Court. The policy of considering any individual convicted of any crime for deportation is irrational and unfair: citizens and migrants with a right to be here should not lose that right due to a conviction, just as citizens by birth do not lose the right to rehabilitation alongside their families and communities.
I look forward to hearing from you with the requested information.
Member of Parliament for Stroud Constituency