Immigration and asylum

Equal rights for migrants!
docs not cops
SJWWed, 25/04/2018 - 12:03

The unfolding scandal of the denial of health and social care to the now-aged children of the Windrush is a warning sign.
It shows the sharp end of government racism, and the immense store of racist malice that the British ruling class is capable of unleashing on any group of foreign-born people it chooses. It is the fruit of years of right wing demagogy, in the press and in government, against migrants.

However, it is only the tip of the iceberg — and unless the left and the labour movement rally to defeat the Tory government and Brexit, more is to come.

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How the ground was laid for Enoch Powell
Dockers march for Enoch
SJWWed, 25/04/2018 - 11:09

Last week saw the fiftieth anniversary of Enoch Powell’s “River of Blood” speech”.

The contents of the speech are well known, arguing that black and Asian people were an immutable and alien pollutant in Britain and that immigration should be stopped and reversed through repatriation.

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"There is a world beyond the campus" - Vote Sahaya James for NUS President
Vote Sahaya James for NUS President
SJWWed, 14/03/2018 - 12:00

Students don’t live in hermetically sealed containers, undisturbed by the oppression and exploitation around the world. Yet too often student unions behave as if they do.

We constantly hear the rhetoric of the “average student” concerned only with the costs of printing and nights out, as if campuses aren’t implicated in the injustices which define our society.

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Open borders for people!

Submitted by Matthew on 28 February, 2018 - 11:13
UK border controls

Editorial from Solidarity 463

The Labour Party has inched a step further to opposing the erection of new barriers between Britain and Europe.

That brings the immediate prize of a possibility, within the next few weeks, of defeating the Government in Parliament over its desire to take Britain out of the European customs union.

It should also open a thorough discussion in Labour over Europe, leading to a debate at the Labour Party conference in September.

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Israel: 20,000 march for migrant rightsMatthewWed, 28/02/2018 - 09:58

On 24 February, around 20,000 people gathered in Tel Aviv in Israel to protests against the deportation of African asylum seekers.

Protesters carried signs reading, “No to deportation”, “We’re all humans” and “Refugees and residents refuse to be enemies”. The protest was a response to tensions between local residents and recently-arrived migrants.

The protest — which, if scaled up to the UK population, would have numbered about 140,000 — came after the Israeli state began to jail African asylum seekers who refused to leave Israel of their own accord.

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Italian elections: fascist menace grows

Submitted by Matthew on 28 February, 2018 - 9:15 Author: Hugh Edwards
Lega Nord

The horrific act of fascist violence on the 3 February in the central Italian town of Macerata, where eight young west Africans were gunned down by a neo-fascist thug, has highlighted the level of putrefying decadence of the major political contenders for office.

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Defend migrants, defend free movement, fight for socialism!MatthewWed, 14/02/2018 - 14:14

Look around the world. Look at EU migrants who have made the UK their home now wondering how long they can stay and on what terms, all under the threat of Brexit. If they want to stay, they will have to apply for “settled status”. 1.2 million UK citizens living in other EU member states face similar anxieties.

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Italian fascism feeds on xenophobiaMatthewWed, 14/02/2018 - 11:30

On Saturday 3 February, exactly one month before Italy’s 3 March general election, an armed rampage took place in the Italian town of Macerata. Eight people, African migrants to Italy, were shot by a white Italian — Luca Traini.

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Open up Brexit debate in LabourMatthewWed, 07/02/2018 - 10:39

The planned Labour Party leadership “away day” to reconsider policy on Brexit has been flagged up as coming in “early February”, so must be soon. May even have happened by the time this issue of Solidarity reaches readers.

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“Hostile environment” for migrantsSJWTue, 16/01/2018 - 19:20

A 61 year-old woman who was threatened with, deportation and detained in Yarls Wood detention centre despite having lived and worked in the UK for 50 years has won official leave to remain in the country.

Paulette Wilson came to the UK from Jamaica with her family when she was 10 years old. She has not visited Jamaica since then, and has no relatives there, but despite this was taken to Heathrow for deportation to Jamaica in October. Paulette has also been denied to benefits, health care or permission to work for two and a half years.

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