Council work with immigration enforcement to deport homeless

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by Gramsci, Mar 16, 2017.

  1. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Put this on housing thread but think it's worth a thread.

    Saw this disturbing report by Corporate Watch about the complicity of homeless charities and Councils in deporting homeless people.

    The Round-Up: rough sleeper immigration raids and charity collaboration | Corporate Watch

    Lambeth is one of them:

    The Freedom of Information requests asked the GLA and borough councils how many times in the
    last year their outreach teams had conducted joint visits to rough sleepers together with Immigration
    Enforcement. They also asked how many people had returned “voluntarily” to other countries as a
    result of these visits, and how many people had been detained.
    Many councils did not answer, claiming that they don't hold this information. Westminster, the
    council with by far the most rough sleepers and organised rough sleeper services, was amongst
    these. As we will see below, Westminster has actively lobbied for a toughened “enforcement
    approach” to European rough sleepers, and in November and December 2015 it ran a key pilot
    project with the Home Office called Operation Adoze. We know from a parliamentary question that
    exactly 127 EEA nationals encountered in Westminster during this operation were deported through
    Operation Adoze, either in those two months or by September So there is certainly active
    Immigration Enforcement in Westminster, and active data gathering too.
    Twelve other London councils did reply saying that they had carried out joint visits with ICE the
    year before. They included all the other inner London boroughs with 160 or more rough sleepers.
    Between them, they counted 133 such visits, so about 11 each, just under one a month, in each
    Based on their replies, there seems to be a rough correlation between the number of rough sleepers
    in a borough and the number of Immigration Enforcement operations. Camden, number two for
    rough sleepers after Westminster, said that its outreach teams made 24 joint visits with Immigration
    Enforcement in the previous year, i.e., one a fortnight. Lambeth, with 445 rough sleepers, had 17
    joint visits. (These are the two areas operated by CGL “Safer Streets” teams.) Tower Hamlets, with
    377 rough sleepers, had 16 joint visits. Lewisham (199 rough sleepers) had 15 joint visits, while
    Kensington & Chelsea (225) and Hammersmith & Fulham (161) each had 14. The outliers were
    Southwark and Ealing, which had 373 and 219 rough sleepers, but only five and two joint visits
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  2. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

  3. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Another quote from report. This is supporting Theresa Mays hard-line on immigration:

    EU and other European Economic Area (EEA) nationals are the main targets, as they make up nearly half of London rough sleepers. Migrants from Romania, Poland, and other East European countries are particularly affected.

    In May 2016, the Home Office toughened the rules so that European rough sleepers can be arrested for deportation if found sleeping rough on just one night.

    Tough policy on migrant rough sleepers was “intensely lobbied” for by Westminster Council, and encouraged by the “Mayor's Rough Sleeping Group”, which included senior charity managers from St Mungo's, Thames Reach, Homeless Link, and also Crisis.1

    Rough sleeper deportations are at the cutting edge of Theresa May's “hostile environment” approach where immigration controls are spreading across schools, hospitals, and housing.

    The “hostile environment” is based on collaboration. But it can be broken by solidarity and resistance. We are already seeing examples of refusal by some homelessness workers and campaigners; the conclusion gives some ideas for how it could spread.
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  4. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    It was a new to me that EU nationals can be deported for rough sleeping.
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  5. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Council can't stop Immigration Enforcement from deporting people. But they don't have to make there job easier.

    Rough sleepers are an easy target. Good for government wanting to show it's tough on immigration.
  6. mx wcfc

    mx wcfc Well-Known Member

    I work in the private sector, but this sort of shit is all-encompassing. Before hiring someone, you have to check their immigration status and right to work in the UK. Failure to do so, and document it, is an offence. Actually, just failure to document it is an offence. We are all being turned into agents of the state.

    Our HR people are so paranoid that they will be locked up that even long serving "obvious brits" like me, had to produce our passports a couple of years ago.

    It's shit. I interviewed a chinese woman recently - I had to ring her up afterwards and ask her to come in with her papers before I could give her the job.

    I believe private landlords now have to check the status of of their tenants too.
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  7. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Checking employment/immigration status has been mandatory since the mid 1990s.
    Employers with Equality policies generally ask EVERYBODY to produce their passports nowadays I thought.

    A couple of years ago I went to a job interview with Metropolitan - and had to take my passport to the interview.
    Can't say if this it always the case, as this was my only job application recently that got me an interview.
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  8. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Thing is I don't think Council had to cooperate with this government on having immigration enforcement going along with there outreach homeless workers.
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    Gramsci Well-Known Member

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  10. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    Yes, they do. The result of this is to mean that illegal immigrants have to rent from crooked landlords who rip them off under threat of expulsion, just like they likely end up working for crooked employers who rip them off under threat of expulsion. This is, after all, the whole point of immigration legislation, boosting capitalist spivs.
  11. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    I was chatting to a security guard a while back. Told me that he wanted to change job to get into removals. I said helping people move home? He said not that. He wanted to deport asylum seekers etc. Put them on Planes back to where they came from. I said I wouldn't want to do that. He said he love it.

    I sometimes astounded how ordinary people can be right nasty bigoted pieces of work.
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  12. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Not sure about this. My friend who lets out her old flat really objects to having to ask prospective tenants about there right to be here. I also know a (Capitalist) employer who thinks the same. She isn't crooked.

    As my post above shows there are some Inthe working class who are anti Immigration. And find it a satisfactory job to help the Tories deport people.

    Racist anti immigrant attitudes cut across class.
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2017
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  13. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    I don't care if Immigration Enforcement workers qualify as working class. They are scum.
  14. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    If he wants to do that he'll be well out of London.
    The favourite "last post of call" is here: Verne IRC information
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  15. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

  16. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    there was someone from a punk band, yes a punk band who started working for the border agency going out to get people and deport them n south Wales
    they got some stick but the amount of people defending it saying "it's just a job" etc was properly shocking
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  17. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    From the Guardian article. I wonder if the Local authorities who worked with immigration enforcement could be liable as well as the government?

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  18. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Its a significant defeat for this government "hostile environment" policy. But now with Brexit the anti immigration lot will have there way eventually.
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  19. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Councils like Lambeth should apologize for going along with this government policy.
  20. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    My manager, who has worked where I do for 20 years, recently had to prove his immigration status as there was no need to when they hired him, but now *everyone* has to be squeaky clean
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  21. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    that's proper fucking insulting
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  22. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    He didn't take it well
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