Dear Prime Minister,
Your Illegal Migration Bill shamefully uses a crisis of humanity as cover for a power grab.
It will strip away the basic rights of refugees, victims of modern slavery and
human trafficking, and other people who move, while bulldozing domestic and
international laws in the process.
It will remove fundamental
human rights from people who have fled life-threatening situations in their
home countries and sought safety and protection in the UK, in order to score
cheap political points – endangering them in inhumane detention centres and
putting them at risk of further harm, torture, and even death if deported. This
includes women, children, and LGBTQI+ people fleeing countries known to be unsafe
as well as victims and survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking. By
doubling down on the hostile environment, the Bill will also increase the risk
of people being trafficked and exploited.
The State must never pick
and choose who is allowed to exercise their basic human rights. While this
Government’s plans will harm those seeking safety the most, this is an attack
on all of us and the values we hold dear.
As caring people, we need to
do the right thing and treat everyone with compassion. We need safe routes now,
so that people can seek safety and a better life without the need to undertake
dangerous journeys and without being punished for how they enter the UK. We
need to create an asylum and immigration system that treats everyone with
dignity and respect.
It is not too late to
abandon these inhumane plans and restore the UK’s reputation as a country that
cares. This Bill cannot and does not represent us.
We demand that you urgently
abandon your cruel and unworkable Refugee Ban Bill.