Detainees are speaking out against the upcoming charter flight, part of the regular Home Office practice of forcibly removing people en masse on privately chartered ghost flights that leave from an undisclosed location in the middle of the night.
The Unity Centre gives practical support to persons detained in any UK Detention Centres, says some of the people to be removed have lived in the UK for nearly their whole life.
The organization is concerned that many will leave children, partners and wider families behind, some have asylum claims and fear for their lives on removal, while others have legal cases pending.
In addition, "deportation will stop them from accessing their rights, and many cannot afford to pay the huge legal fees to regularise their stay,"says the Unity centre on their website.
The Unity Centre said it “received a distressing call from one person who said that their 88 year-old mother in Jamaica had been visited by representatives of the British High Commission, who demanded that she was interviewed in order to ascertain the information needed to secure travel documents for her son to be deported – part of the Home Office’s wider underhand strategies to increase deportations.”
This is the second charter flight to Jamaica since 2014. In September 2016, 42 people were deported from the UK to Jamaica into destitution and isolation, many who had grown up in the UK and who had children and partners they were forced to leave.
The charter flight raises questions of collective expulsion, as the Home Office unlawfully targets specific nationalities in order to fill up seats on the charter flight. The last charter to Jamaica saw many people taken from their homes in the week leading up to the flight, regardless of the differing stages they were at within their individual cases.
The organisation implored people to share the information and help raise awareness about the March 8 flight, stating that while a number of people are already in detention, there may be others who are yet to be issued a ticket for the flight by the Home Office and could face forcible removal by immigration officers.
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