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No, not again: Jimmy Mubenga deportation death

Victim: Jimmy Mubenga

After what Black Britain saw as the unlawful death of Jamaican woman, Joy Gardner, in 1993, at the hands of immigration officers who bound and gagged her in their bid to deport her, we thought we would never be here again.

And yet the as news leaks out from eye witness reports, we are again horrified to learn of the circumstances leading up to the death of Angolan asylum seeker Jimmy Mubenga, who died on a plane after being restrained by three private immigration officers. Continue reading

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Web privacy should be down to manners says Damian Green

Immigration Minister Damian Green

Immigration Minister, Damian Green has said that the government should not interfere with people invading the privacy of others online.

“We, as a society, need to work out what the rules of the game are. It could be down to good manners,”

Ultimately he said, it was down to the individual to decide whether or not they chose to publish private information online, and that the role played by the state should be minimal. Continue reading

Florida immigrant crackdown aims to outdo Arizona laws

Photograph: Courtesy of ICE

Florida introduces harsher immigration law

In a move that is set to both raise the temperature of the immigration debate stateside – as well as provide anti-immigrationists with more fuel for their fire – the state of Florida is about to outdo Arizona with new laws on immigration. Continue reading

Scottish Refugee Council: ‘Make detention of children illegal’

Yarl's Wood immigration centre

Scottish Refugee Council calls for the detention of children of failed asylum seekers to be made illegal.

The Scottish Refugee Council says the coalition government should make good on its commitment to end the practice and not wait for the results of a Home Office review. Continue reading

Arizona debate persists as immigration law passed

Anger over immigration law

On July 28, 2010, U.S. District Court judge Susan Bolton blocked the two most controversial parts of an anti-immigration law, known as Arizona SB 2010, one day before the law was about to come into force.

It was argued that immigration was under the jurisdiction of the federal government. However, the Arizona legislation, dominated by the Republican Party, insisted to take immigration into its own hands despite legal challenges over its constitutionality and compliance with civil rights law. Continue reading

Coalition ‘under strain’ after Cameron & Cable clash over immigration

Photo: PAUL GROVER

Cable & Cameron: immigration tension?

The reality of global trade impacted upon the irrationality of British racism as expressed through British immigration policy.

This week the Prime Minister, David Cameron and Vince Cable, President of the Board of Trade toured India seeking business and investment opportunities in a country with 1 billion people and an annual growth rate 9%. Continue reading

Immigration cap law moves closer

immigration minister to cap restaurant workers

by Richard Sudan

Immigration chief Damian Green has called for Curry Houses to train more British chefs instead of using the skills of migrants according to a front page splash in Eastern Eye

The comments by Green come as Home Secretary Theresa May has called for the introduction of ID cards to be scrapped-but not for non EU immigrants.  In addition it is understood that a permanent cap is to be introduced early next year for the number of non EU immigrants, largely affecting South Asian countries. Continue reading