Today we removed people who came here via small boat.
They had previously claimed asylum elsewhere and had no legal right to be in the UK.
Removals continue to be frustrated by activist lawyers, but I will not let up until this route is unviable https://t.co/oc1sOTTOae
— Priti Patel (@pritipatel) September 3, 2020
The Guardian has reported on what happened to these people – and it reflects very poorly on Priti Patel and her Home Office.
The 11 men were left destitute after being dumped in Madrid, Spain, by the Home Office chartered flight:
Barbara Pomfret, an adviser to corporate companies about social responsibility, who is based in Granada, said she wanted to offer support to the asylum seekers, especially when she learned they had been left in the street. The 40-year-old paid for food and a few days of accommodation for the group and set up a crowdfund page with her husband, Thomas Pomfret, to help support them.
“As a UK citizen I am ashamed that our government would leave asylum seekers on the streets with absolutely no support. As I see it the only difference between me and this group of people is luck. And if I was ever so unlucky as to find myself in a similar situation I hope that someone with more luck would be willing to help me.”
Several of the asylum seekers told The Guardian they had close family members in the UK. All had fled persecution and some had experienced torture.
All but one of them say they were removed from the UK without having their identity documents returned to them. Home Office sources said they were looking into this.
The Home Office has said it is under no obligation to monitor the treatment of asylum seekers it has returned to another country.
In other words, Patel and her cronies would have been happy if these people had starved, as long as it was on the streets of some other country.
I am reminded again of the words of Tony Benn: “The way a government treats refugees shows how they would treat the rest of us if they thought they could get away with it.”
I am also reminded of the way the Tories have treated sick and disabled people they have unfairly cut off from receiving benefits; they never bothered to check up on the well-being of those people so we have no idea what happened to them.
So Ms Pomfret is right: we should all be ashamed of living in a country whose government turns its back on people who need help.
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