28 November 2018
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The Windrush scandal exposes the dangers of scaremongering about illegal immigrants
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How can people who considered themselves British over a lifetime suddenly be told that they are no such thing? How did a persons immigration status become so life-defining? When did illegal immigrant change from a regulatory phrase into a badge of criminality?
These questions, thrown up by the Windrush scandal, are addressed by Frances Webber, a former immigration lawyer and vice-chair of the IRR, in her background paper The embedding of state hostility, published today.
According to author Frances Webber,
The roots of some hostile environment policies are very deep and the idea that they have been dismantled overnight, simply by a change of phrase not hostile environment but compliant environment is wishful thinking. The UKs immigration policies have turned all foreigners into a suspect population and our society into a nation of border guards.
This 30pp background paper has sections on: the build up to the Windrush scandal; case studies of those affected; the roots of hostile environment policies; the role of the media in weaponising illegality; the governments retreat from universal human rights standards; the role of campaign groups and professional organisations in challenging the hostile environment and standing up for the Windrush Generation.
The embedding of state hostility: a background paper on the Windrush scandal can be downloaded here (link to pdf)
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