Weekly Immigration News Digest 2nd – 8th June 2018

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8 June 2018

A selection of the most important immigration news of the week.


Javid knows that we need a fresh take on migration, says STEPHEN POLLARD | The Express | 5.6.18

Stephen Pollard writing for the Express comments on the outlook of the new Home Secretary, who has been in the job just over a month. Pollard inferred from what Mr Javid said in his interview with Andrew Marr on Sunday that he has plans to make some changes to immigration policy. The journalist believes that a ‘sensible’ approach, in line with Mr Javid’s ideas, would be to discern from the public what kind of immigration policy is wanted. He thinks the Home Secretary will be ‘formidable and sensible’ if he delivers on what he has hinted at. Read the full article…

The Guardian’s take on Javid’s leadership can be read here.

 

Brexit: Government publishes backstop plan after last-ditch compromise between Theresa May and David Davis | The Independent | 7.6.18

The Independent’s political correspondent tells us about the last-minute plan that has been organised by the Prime minister and David Davis: the UK would temporarily remain in parts of the EU customs union in the event that it is impossible to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland, and the proposed arrangements should not extend beyond December 2021. Mr Davis emphasised the need for a time limit on Brexit, even threatening to resign over it.
The published document states: “The UK is clear that the temporary customs arrangement, should it be needed, should be time limited, and that it will be only in place until the future customs arrangement can be introduced. The UK is clear that the future customs arrangement needs to deliver on the commitments made in relation to Northern Ireland.
“The UK expects the future arrangement to be in place by the end of December 2021 at the latest. There are a range of options for how a time limit could be delivered, which the UK will propose and discuss with the EU.”
Read the full article…

 

Government faces high court challenge over ‘right to rent’ scheme | The Guardian | 6.6.18

The policy that requires landlords to check the immigration status of its tenants is being challenged by a campaign group which has been permitted to start a high court case against the scheme. It has made landlords ‘untrained border police’, David Smith points out, the policy director for the Residential Landlords Association. A group of 20 MPs from different parties wrote to the Home Secretary requesting a review of the scheme, making the point that it was not improving immigration enforcement. Read the full article…

 

The UK needs to stop sending LGBTI asylum seekers to their deaths | Gay Star News | 6.6.18

There have been many stories in recent months of asylum seekers forced to go back to their home countries despite persecution due to their sexuality. Joe Morgan writing for the Gay Star News highlights the problem and reports the activism by people from the LGBTI community, who are calling for such cruel deportations to be stopped. The article goes on to report several cases of individuals who have suffered emotional abuse from government officials, such as a Ugandan woman who was advised to ‘find religion and be cured’ of her homosexuality. The article includes an open letter to the Home Secretary from the editor of the Gay Star News. Read the full article…
You’ve probably heard about the Windrush scandal, but have you heard of the Rainbow rush scandal? Read more here…

 

Clash over police treatment of illegal immigrant crime victims | The Star | 5.6.18

The Star reports that Coun Otten, a councillor from Sheffield who sits on the panel which holds the PCC to account, has raised concerns regarding the treatment of immigrants who report crimes against them, but find themselves at the centre of an investigation about their immigrant status. Dr Billings, the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, has responded to these concerns, claiming that ‘every instance would be treated on its merits and in an appropriate and proportionate fashion’. But Mr Otten said he was ‘intrigued’ as to what dealing with such cases in an ‘appropriate’ way would look like. Read the full article…

 

Hostile environment: how risk-averse universities penalise migrants | The Guardian | 5.6.18

This article reports that during the lecturer strikes a few months ago, any migrant lecturers on a tier 2 ‘skilled worker’ visa would be at risk of deportation if they missed over 20 days of unpaid absence. This is just another way in which the government’s ‘hostile environment’ has been put into action, making life extremely difficult and anxious for migrants. Students are also affected by the policy which gives them a time limit on how long they can study for in the UK. A spokesman for the Home Office has said that there is no limit to the number of genuine students who are accepted to study in the UK from abroad. Read the full article…