Helen Hayes calls for a stop to the Jamaica 50 deportations

Katherine Johnston (19 February, 2020)

Hayes has described mass deportations as “a tool of the hostile environment” that “lead to miscarriages of justice”

19567Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich and West Norwood

Helen Hayes is one of 170 MPs campaigning to stop the deportation of 50 Jamaican nationals from the UK.

A flight left the UK on Monday with seventeen people, while 25 others remained in the UK after a legal challenge. But so far the government has refused to reverse its decision.

The individuals, all Jamaican nationals, are being deported due to criminal convictions.  But campaigners had called on the plans to be cancelled as many had come to the UK as children, grown up, worked and raised families here. Some have not had access to legal advice.

Although some have been prosecuted for violent crimes, others were arrested for non-violent drugs offences.

An open letter to Boris Johnson, signed by the Dulwich and West Norwood MP, states: “At the height of the Windrush scandal, the government suspended charter flights as they could not guarantee that no wrongful deportations would take place.

“Not only is there an unacceptable risk of removing anyone with a potential Windrush claim, but there has been a failure by the government to remedy the causes of the Windrush scandal.

“It is, therefore, crucial that all further deportations are cancelled until the long-awaited Lessons Learned Review is published, and its recommendations implemented.”

Previously Hayes has described mass deportations as “a tool of the hostile environment” that “lead to miscarriages of justice”.

 

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