Channel refugees need help not hate

By Dave Stockton The Tories and the right wing tabloids are back at work after the midwinter break: stoking up racism. Their target is the 200 or so refugees who have crossed the English Channel since November, to claim their internationally recognised right to asylum. Harsh measures by British and French border authorities have made … Continue reading Channel refugees need help not hate

Labour will continue with “fair, reasonable, and managed” detention centres and deportations

By Jeremy Dewar SHADOW Home Secretary Diane Abbott was in the words of the hymn ‘a kindly light amid the encircling gloom’ of the Brexit referendum; more so than any Labour front bencher, with the exception of Jeremy Corbyn, Abbott stood up for immigrants and the invaluable contribution they make to our society. As a … Continue reading Labour will continue with “fair, reasonable, and managed” detention centres and deportations

After the Windrush scandal – fight for citizenship rights for all

By Dave Stockton FIVE HUNDRED people, a large number of them of black Caribbean heritage, held a noisy rally outside Downing Street on Saturday 5 May, before taking the road and marching off to the Home Office, a mile away. “Windrush people here to stay, let’s deport Theresa May!” they chanted. The continuing anger on the … Continue reading After the Windrush scandal – fight for citizenship rights for all

Libya’s silent, deadly suffering

By Jaqueline Singh WHILE within Fortress Europe right wing agitation and violence against refugees are on the increase, its external borders are increasingly impenetrable. People who flee from hunger, war, violence and exploitation are drowned in the Mediterranean or herded into massive camps on the borders of Greece or Turkey. War zones such as Afghanistan … Continue reading Libya’s silent, deadly suffering

Tories prepare ground for post-Brexit migrant clampdown

By Jeremy Dewar AN 82 PAGE dossier, outlining the Tories’ proposed immigration legislation once the UK has left the European Union, has been leaked to The Guardian newspaper. It was marked “extremely sensitive”, and it certainly is. The document is imbued with the language of “British jobs for British workers”, the slogan that then Labour … Continue reading Tories prepare ground for post-Brexit migrant clampdown

Shut down UK detention centres

By Jeremy Dewar BBC'S PANORAMA team have produced a powerful, courageous and shocking piece of investigative journalism that has blown the lid on Britain’s immigration detention centres. Its programme Undercover: Britain’s Immigration Secrets follows a trainee detention officer, who is so concerned with what he is being asked to do that he secretly records his … Continue reading Shut down UK detention centres

Migrants’ ‘American dreams’ turns into a nightmare

FOR 800,000 DREAMERS the morning of 5 September saw their American Dream turn into a nightmare. Donald Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, announced the end of Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme. Introduced in 2012, this allowed undocumented migrants under the age of 16 to obtain residence and work permits lasting two … Continue reading Migrants’ ‘American dreams’ turns into a nightmare

Support the Labour Campaign for Free Movement

THE UK is at a crossroads in its relationship to the rest of the world, and so is our party. Immigrants and free movement are being scapegoated by a political and economic elite that is subjecting ordinary people to cuts and austerity. During the greatest refugee crisis in recent years, the Tories have responded with … Continue reading Support the Labour Campaign for Free Movement

Let’s have the argument about immigration

THE PAPERS, TV and radio say Britain is under siege from immigrants. They blame them for higher taxes, crime, housing shortages, hospital waiting lists, cheap labour and terrorism. During the Brexit campaign, and since, this has reached fever pitch. There are two possible reasons for this. Only one of them can be true. The first is … Continue reading Let’s have the argument about immigration

Let all the refugees in

By Jeremy Dewar David Cameron claims, “This migration crisis is the greatest challenge facing Europe today. […] Where we can help, we should.” How to “help”? By sending warships to aid NATO, not to rescue refugees, but to “stop the desperate flow of people crammed into makeshift vessels from embarking on a fruitless and perilous … Continue reading Let all the refugees in