Category Archives: deportation

Nick Harper heads for the dustbin of history as New York proposes papers for all

As anti-immigrant minister Nick Harper heads for the dustbin of history, spare a thought, or some money if you can, for his Colombian ex-cleaner Isabella Acevedo, who now faces a fight against removal.Trenton Oldfield and Deepa Naik have set up a campaign and appeal for her here:

http://legaldefencefund.wordpress.com/

People’s Voice TV called us about this yesterday. They broadcast worldwide  from Wembley, over the web, and cover issues mainstream media avoid.

We’d searched UK media in vain for info about the person most affected by the saga but there was no mention of her. We only learned her name from People’s Voice, and that she had been getting all of £22 a week from Harper.

On the same programme, they hoped to interview with Bill de Blasio, New York City’s new mayor, who intends giving  ‘identification cards to residents regardless of their legal status, making it easier for undocumented immigrants to open bank accounts, lease apartments or borrow library books’.

The loudest applause of the afternoon came when Mr. de Blasio announced his plan for municipal identification cards, which he said would help immigrant residents without legal status participate more fully in civic life.

“To all of my fellow New Yorkers who are undocumented, I say: New York City is your home, too,” Mr. de Blasio said, “and we will not force any of our residents to live their lives in the shadows.”

… again, something I didn’t know about before; little on it in UK media.

Will New York be where this mad anti-foreigner craziness starts to unravel?

If it does, what’s the betting it’ll suddenly become extremely difficult to find anyone who ever thought anti-foreigner laws were a good idea, but felt it was politically necessary to go along with them because of all those racist other people?

Jailed, for being the wrong kind of foreigner

Dawn raid, October 2006Right now, out of sight, out of mind, in Britain, around 3,200 people who haven’t harmed anybody are being held in 11 special prisons, not knowing what’s going to happen to them, or when.
They’re people of all kinds – refugees, foreign workers, the foreign-born spouses or children of British people, overseas students, and even babies (the government promised in 2010 to stop doing this, but didn’t).
They’ve been snatched off the street or dragged out of their workplaces, schools or homes, even from their beds in the small hours of the morning, by special “border enforcement” squads that have legal powers even the police don’t have, and put straight into prison without any trial. If they do eventually see a judge, it’s not a real judge but an “immigration judge”, in a special “immigration court”, which isn’t subject to the same regulation as a normal court, and of whose existence most British people are quite unaware.
So what’s their crime? Being the wrong kind of foreigner: an asylum seeker, an “illegal worker”, an “overstayer”, a partner in a “sham marriage”. Which in general means: black (or at least, not exactly white) and not very well-off. Continue reading