At Wakefield Baptist Church we are committed to living as followers of Jesus in every sphere of our lives. Sometimes there is an opportunity to engage in issues that we believe matter.
On the 24th March the UK Government published its “New Plan For Immigration”. In it the government proposes sweeping changes to how they will treat people seeking safety in the UK. The Government has now launched a six week consultation on the proposals which is being run by Britain Thinks. Organisations and individuals can submit their views on the proposals through an online platform until the closing date of Thursday 6 May.
Visit the Asylum matters website for a very informative guide to the government’s consultation questionnaire here: https://asylummatters.org/2021/04/23/the-new-plan-for-immigration-what-it-means-and-how-to-respond/
Like all groups working in this sector, Refugee Action is another group engaging in this debate.
The Government is asking the public to consult with them on their cruel and unworkable new immigration plans. Compassion, evidence, and 193 refugee and voluntary organisations tell us to fight against the principle of these plans, not help to thrash out the details.Refugee Action
Refugee action have posted an open letter to Home Secretary; Priti Patel. We suggest that you read the letter, and sign it if you agree.
The ‘New Plan for Immigration’ itself is a half-baked political manifesto. It lays out vague, unworkable, cruel and potentially unlawful plans justified by misleading or simply incorrect evidence, wrapped up in racist and divisive language. The consultation process on the plan is a confusing mess. It’s clearly designed to generate responses that endorse the Government’s plan, and leaves no space for those who disagree. Most incredibly, refugees and people seeking asylum – whose lives depend on these policies – are not being meaningfully consulted. Not one question in the official consultation document asks people about their personal experiences of fleeing persecution or seeking safety in the UK. The documents are only available in English and Welsh. The consultation is a thinly-veiled public relations exercise with a pre-determined outcome that was screamed in newspaper headlines months ago. It’s very clear that the Government plans to ignore people’s right to seek safety and pursue a cruel agenda of removing people who need the UK’s help. Think for a moment about the Government’s plan to demolish the right to claim asylum in the UK like a plan to demolish the house where you live. If Priti Patel announced the Government’s intention to bulldoze your house, you wouldn’t put much of your energy into a consultation about exactly how they knock it down. You’d put all of your energy into preventing them from going through with it. This is exactly what we need to do with these new plans for the asylum system; reject them completely, not discuss the small print on the demolition notice. That starts with the clearest possible statement of opposition of the plans for the asylum system. We hope that you will add your name to the letter, and share it with others.Refugee Action
If you want to find out more you can join a Zoom session held by Migrants Organise on Tues 4th May 6pm