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Immigration to the UK may rise or fall but our laws are still barbaric | Kenan Malik | Opinion | The Guardian
The question I would ask of politicians is not: “Should immigration levels go up or down?”, but: “Do you think that the deaths of the 39 frozen migrants, the detention of tens of thousands held in the most degrading of conditions, the deportation of people to persecution and death, the denial of rights to its own citizens, is a price worth paying for Britain’s immigration policy?”
UK  politics  immigration  policy  hostileEnvironment  detention  deportation  humanRights  dctagged  dc:creator=MalikKenan 
24 days ago by petej
'A dizzying maze': how the UK immigration system is geared to reject | UK news | The Guardian
We like to tell ourselves a very particular version of the UK’s past – one in which we have held the door open to people fleeing conflict and persecution, and welcomed others from all over the world. Whenever the brutal realities of this country’s asylum system make newspaper headlines, the Home Office response almost always includes some variation of “The UK has a proud history of granting asylum to those who need it.” But while there are tales of a warm reception for some, and people have made a life for themselves in this country, there are at least as many – if not more – stories of doors slammed shut in people’s faces and faceless walls of bureaucracy confronting those who arrive. This has been the case for decades.
UK  immigration  asylum  legal  legalAid  costs  bureaucracy  poverty  hostileEnvironment  cuts  housing  outsourcing  G4S  Serco  detention  deportation  complexity  migration  migrants  refugees  dctagged  dc:creator=GoodfellowMaya 
5 weeks ago by petej
R (Miranda) v Home Secretary: the second day of the hearing | Head of Legal
"The definition of terrorism is necessarily wide, he argued, because of terrorism’s changing nature.

Indeed it was so wide in his view that simply possessing the raw Snowden data was terrorism, because there was a risk someone ill-intentioned might take it from you – regardless of your own intentions. This was a truly breathtaking submission: I wonder how it applies to the examining offers themselves who detained David Miranda’s data. Why don’t they count as terrorists, on this approach, if the reasonableness of their intentions (law enforcement or protecting national security, in their case) is irrelevant? But Jason Beer for the police agreed with the submission, saying terrorism was terrorism regardless of motive; and that to imply into the Act any requirement for intent would have unworkable consequences."
MirandaDavid  Heathrow  airport  detention  civilLiberties  MetropolitanPolice  policing  terrorism  warOnTerror  legal 
november 2013 by petej
Cameron Proves Greenwald Right « The Dish
"So any journalist passing through London’s Heathrow has now been warned: do not take any documents with you. Britain is now a police state when it comes to journalists, just like Russia is.

In this respect, I can say this to David Cameron. Thank you for clearing the air on these matters of surveillance. You have now demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt that these anti-terror provisions are capable of rank abuse. Unless some other facts emerge, there is really no difference in kind between you and Vladimir Putin. You have used police powers granted for anti-terrorism and deployed them to target and intimidate journalists deemed enemies of the state.

You have proven that these laws can be hideously abused. Which means they must be repealed. You have broken the trust that enables any such legislation to survive in a democracy. By so doing, you have attacked British democracy itself. What on earth do you have to say for yourself? And were you, in any way, encouraged by the US administration to do such a thing?"
MirandaDavid  GreenwaldGlenn  NSA  UK  Heathrow  surveillance  warOnTerror  detention  legal  policing  airport  civilLiberties  terrorism  privacy  security 
august 2013 by petej

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