#Civil Rights
British Home Secretary, John Reid

May 19, 2006

No to immigration snatch squad -
These detention centres are effectively the same as prisons.

It is inconceivable that at the same time that human rights advocates and campaigners are calling for them to be shut down in England and Scotland, that there are plans to establish one here.

The centre will lead to the criminalising of the immigrant community living here.

At a time when racist attacks are spiralling out of control this will contribute to fuelling racist attacks. We are further opposed to the plans for a special immigration squad who will carry out raids on workplaces to try to identify undocumented workers. This will breed the idea that the majority of overseas workers are here unlawfully when that is not the position.

There is a tiny number of asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants living here and there is no justification for having either a detention centre or a special immigration squad.

The current plans should be scrapped and the available resources used to tackle the real problems of race hate crimes.

We, the undersigned, oppose the current plans to establish a detention centre here to detain undocumented immigrants.

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