Home Office deportation flight to Jamaica leaves UK despite outrage and court ruling

Home Office deportation flight to Jamaica leaves UK despite outrage and court ruling
Home Office deportation flight to Jamaica leaves UK despite outrage and court ruling

A BRITISH deportation flight to Jamaica has left the UK despite widespread outrage and a court ruling which meant dozens of those scheduled to be removed were granted last-minute reprieve. WITH a ring of the Wind-rush saga still tingling in the background, it is important to note it is fair to say we smell something fishy.

Labour MP Lammy fighting the cause
Labour MP Lammy fighting the cause

Downing Street said 17 people were on the flight while 25 remained in the UK because of a Court of Appeal ruling. 

On Monday night a judge ordered the Home Office not to deport men who had not been granted adequate access to legal advice in the Heathrow detention centres. They had been denied access to working sim cards following a mobile phone signal outage that prevented them from consulting lawyers.

The department attempted to get the ruling overturned in the hours before the flight but its application for reconsideration was rejected by the Court of Appeal shortly before 1am on Tuesday.

How is this similar to Windrush scandal?

The Windrush scandal is a 2018 British political scandal concerning people who were wrongly detained, denied legal rights, threatened with deportation, and, in at least 83 cases, wrongly deported from the UK by the Home Office. Many of those affected had been born British subjects and had arrived in the UK before 1973, particularly from Caribbean countries as members of the Windrush generation (so named after the Empire Windrush, the ship that brought one of the first groups of West Indian migrants to the UK in 1948).

Home Office deportation flight to Jamaica leaves UK despite outrage and court ruling
Home Office deportation flight to Jamaica leaves UK despite outrage and court ruling

As well as those who were wrongly deported, an unknown number were wrongly detained, lost their jobs or homes, or were denied benefits or medical care to which they were entitled. A sizable number of long-term UK residents were wrongly refused re-entry to the UK, and a larger number were threatened with immediate deportation by the Home Office.

https://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/104431
Home Office deportation flight to Jamaica leaves UK despite outrage and court ruling
Detention Action on Monday evening entered an appeal against the planned charter flight, which had been due to remove up to 50 people to the Caribbean island on Tuesday morning.
Detention Action on Monday evening entered an appeal against the planned charter flight, which had been due to remove up to 50 people to the Caribbean island on Tuesday morning.
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