The UK’s highest courts have ruled that
Theresa May broke the law twice in the last month. Supreme Court rules “deport first,
appeal later” is unfair and unlawful. In R (Kiarie and Byndloss) vs Secretary of State
for the Home Department [2017] UKSC 42 the Supreme Court has struck down “deport first,
appeal later” certificates for two foreign criminals. The Home Office had made use of
new rules in the Immigration Act 2014 which force some appellants to leave the UK before
their appeal takes place, meaning that they are not present to give evidence.
Of 1,175 cases in which these powers have so far been used, only 72 individuals attempted
to pursue an appeal from abroad. None succeeded. The “deport first, appeal later” rules
were originally applied only to foreign criminals facing deportation. However, the Immigration
Act 2016 expanded Home Office powers and any appellant can now be forced to leave the UK
prior to their appeal taking place, other than in asylum cases. This includes EU nationals
facing deportation. The Supreme Court judgment therefore has very
wide implications, not just blowing a hole in a flagship Home Office policy much championed
by Theresa May when she was Home Secretary but since expanded to almost all appeals. Brexit: More than half of skilled EU workers
in UK say they are going to leave. Healthcare, technology, media, telecoms and financial
services sectors will be the worst hit, according to survey. Destitute immigrants in UK are threatened
with having children removed. ‘We’ll house your children, but not you,’ scores of families
are told by local authorities. Homeless immigrants are being told they can secure housing for
their children but not themselves, effectively forcing them to break up their family or sleep
rough with their children, the Guardian has learned. Lower-skilled immigration brings the UK no
benefits. From Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts, House of Lords, UK. Sir, the bald statement
in your editorial “Britain’s chance to open serious debate on Brexit” (June 12)
that “free movement of labour has been much to Britain’s benefit” requires serious
qualification. Limited highly skilled immigration does benefit
Britain but mass lower-skilled immigration (whether from the EU or elsewhere) does not. Grenfell Tower fire: Thousands call on Home
Office to issue visas to parents of Syrian victim Mohammed Alhajali. ‘We need to get
their voices heard,’ says Mirna Ayoubi a friend who launched the campaign. More than 40,000
people have signed a petition calling for the Home Office to award emergency visas to
the parents of a Syrian refugee who was killed in the Grenfell Tower fire. Mohammed Alhajali’s
mother and father have applied for permission to visit the UK so they can pay their respects
and be reunited with his brother Omar, who survived the devastating fire.
The brothers came to Britain to seek a “better life” after escaping from their home city
of Daraa, the birthplace of the Syrian revolution. They were granted asylum in the UK. Civil
engineering student Mohammed, 23, perished as he was besieged by billowing smoke. He
was trying to follow Omar, 25, down the stairs of the burning North Kensington building. Britons with no passport struggling to rent
due to immigration checks. Almost half of private landlords say the Right to Rent scheme
has made them less likely to let to those without a UK passport.
About 17% of UK citizens do not have a passport, meaning they could inadvertently lose out
under the immigration checks, according to the research carried out by the Residential
Landlords Association. Remittances help migrants’ families and
the UK. This is a win-win situation, for individuals and countries receiving remittances and for
a more financially and socially inclusive UK. The nature of Britain’s economy puts
it in a unique position to be able to help the current remittance framework. ‘We are struggling to find workers’ – Staff
shortages as agriculture gets caught in ‘immigration crossfire’. Labour shortages have already
started to hit the UK farm sector fuelling fears the 2017 season could be disaster for
growers, with crops being left to ’rot in the field’. What drove Labour’s success? A tough line
on immigration, and an appeal to the middle class. Half of UK employers unprepared for immigration
changes – think tank. Almost half of British employers are unprepared for the government’s
planned changes to immigration rules after Brexit, a survey from the Resolution Foundation
think tank showed on Monday. Illegal workers found in raid at RML in Tiptree,
including one who begged to be taken home. IMMIGRATION officers found a trio of suspected
illegal workers at a raid at an Indian restaurant including one who said he was only eating
rice and another who was desperate to return home.
Essex Police has lodged a bid to revoke the license of the Balti Raj, which trades as
RML, on Station Road, Tiptree, because no right to work checks are being carried out
by management. Ahead of a hearing before Colchester Council’s licensing sub-committee next week,
details of a raid on the premises in March have been released. In a statement, chief
immigration officer Justin Davis said he spoke to a man who had only just begun working in
the restaurant’s kitchen, had no passport, had not been paid and was only eating rice. 14,000 people may die trying to reach safety
as UK negotiates Brexit and new immigration rules. Oxfam urges new government to use changes
to immigration laws to do more to help refugees. Sky Views: Cutting immigration may crash economy.
Sam Kiley, Foreign Affairs Editor. So the Prime Minister declares an “end to austerity”.
Not because she thinks it would be good for Britain but because she thinks it would be
good for Theresa May. Why? Because Jeremy Corbyn said austerity
was bad – and he got lots of votes and won some seats and made Mrs May look like a member
of the Nasty Party, which is odd, since there once was a time when she tried to un-invent
that organisation with a right old telling off to the Tories.
But she’s still putting a tin ear to what might really matter for this country.
Why, for example, continue to insist that there is no change in the Brexit plan from
before her moment of hilarious hubris led her off a cliff in the General Election?
She remains, hoho, committed to cutting immigration into the “tens of thousands”. This doesn’t
make sense economically or politically.