Why are asylum-seekers to be electronically tagged? What is their crime?

Priti Patel: it would be better if she were not only electronically tagged but also gagged, to prevent her causing further harm to innocent victims.

Priti Patel’s Home Office is planning to electronically tag asylum-seekers arriving in the UK, as though they were criminals (or people accused of criminality) rather than refugees from persecution.

The decision has been likened to “victim blaming” – an opinion endorsed by This Site – although the Home Office itself is twisting language to claim the trial will examine whether electronic monitoring can help maintain regular contact with migrants and help to progress their claims.

Perhaps someone has been in contact with the “Nudge Unit” to get help to convince us all they’re doing the right thing? If so, it’s not working!

Ministers faced calls to abandon the “farce of a policy” after suggestions that those who recently avoided being sent to Rwanda after a legal challenge could be among the first to be tagged under the programme.

Clare Moseley, founder of the Care4Calais charity, said: “I think it’s outrageous. Refugees in general do not abscond. There’s no data that shows that they do – they never have done. They are here to claim asylum, so why would they? They’re not criminals, they’re victims. Things happen to them. They didn’t cause it. It’s just another part of the government criminalising refugees, which is basically victim-blaming.”

Apparently the number of decisions on asylum applications has plummeted while Patel has been busy victimising innocent people, created a huge backlog.

And of course, by attacking victims of persecutation and exploitation, she is doing nothing to eliminate criminal people-smuggling gangs.

The Tories get away with this by “othering” the asylum-seekers and refugees.

By making them look like criminals, they are hoping enough of the electorate will be gullible enough to believe that is what they are. I hope they are mistaken.

Source: Outrage over scheme to electronically tag asylum seekers arriving in UK

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  1. Steve James June 19, 2022 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    Which partner of the government is a share-holder of a tagging firm?

  2. William-Glyn THOMAS June 20, 2022 at 8:56 am - Reply

    I suspect that many of the asylum seekers are fleeing countries where the UK and US have meddled in the affairs of the country. In order to meddle they would need interpreters etc. In their own country they would be identified as collaborators. We are obliged to help these people, many of them risked their lives to aide occupying forces.

  3. Hecuba June 20, 2022 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Fascist cruel and callous tories know that far too many female and male voters continue to believe the fascist lies that refugees are all ‘criminals, scroungers and murderers intent on stealing little england’s jobs!’

    Of course the real criminals are those men currently in political power but this fact must not be made public!

    Electronically tagging refugees is not ‘victim blaming’ it is persecuting innocent women, men and children! But the fascist tories don’t care because for years they’ve been persecuting the disabled, the long term medically ill, impoverished women and men and not forgetting all those women and men who can’t find work! Persecuting innocent women, men and children is what the fascist tories have always done.

    Remember the nazi regime demonised certain groups and this demonisation is not a nazi creation it is central to all fascist ideologies! Little England is indeed another fascist little state!

  4. jake June 20, 2022 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    They already are! Effectively! I said the same thing years back where they were all given, forced to carry, on all kept switched on a special phone…surveillance camera, GPS, microphone all in one! So I fail to see what an ankle bracelet will achieve on top of that accept for causing them medical issues later in life and making them a target for other violent thugs!

    Unfortunately, the majority of the ‘electorate’ have the wrong mentality programmed into them, they’re not ‘decent’ people….imho.

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