Homelessness, exploitation, failure: The price of May’s anti-migrant project

‘Theresa May’s hostile environment has meant a lack of basic rights for human beings in precarious situations.’ We wrote for Politics.co.uk about the government’s “right to rent” policy causing homelessness, discrimination and exploitation. The standard operating procedure of the May government is to outsource immigration enforcement to the public, embedding borders in all sorts of […]

Help keep borders out of our children’s classrooms

  Since September 2016, the Home Office has been asking school’s across England for the nationality data of their students. This policy is unnecessary, divisive and puts vulnerable children at risk. It’s part of Theresa May’s self-described ‘hostile environment’ – which is brining borders and racial discrimination into all areas of public and private life. […]

West Yorkshire and Kent police forces to have new trial powers to stop and search people for ‘immigration offences’

Polices forces in West Yorkshire and Kent have begun a pilot progamme that will grant both forces the same powers as Immigration Officers to search ‘non-EEA illegal immigrants’ for UK drivers licenses. This further outsourcing of immigration enforcement will lead to the increased harassment of migrants, and racial profiling of UK citizens. The powers are […]

Patients not passports!

This Saturday, there will be actions in London, Manchester and Newcastle to protest the introduction of immigration checks in the NHS. The Minister for Health, Jeremy Hunt, has brought in a policy of passport checks for all patients accessing NHS services and demanding upfront payment from people who don’t qualify for free care. As health professionals […]

I grew up living like a criminal – now I’m finding my voice

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by Victory Sanu-Goodness @queenvictoryy Victory Sanu-Goodness arrived in the UK at seven years old. Now 20, she is a writer, radio host, & youth activist. She co-hosts the Hearsay podcast about overcoming the fear of speaking out as an undocumented youth.  No one is illegal. It feels kinda funny saying that now because for a long time I […]

School census will force children like me into the shadows

18th May is the final deadline to opt your child out of the national school census or to retract previously submitted data. See the links below this article to find out more. By Ijeoma Datha-Moore @IjeMoore Ijeoma Datha-Moore came to the UK from Nigeria aged 2 and lives in Dagenham. She is operations assistant at the […]

Mapping Dystopia: The Hidden Shame of Fortress Europe

By Marienna Pope-Weidemann, communications coordinator, Right to Remain @MariennaPW The Brexit chronicles began in shambles and false promises and no doubt the ending will be similar. There’s an undeniable air of surrealism about the whole thing, as evidenced by last week’s quiet revelation that the government has allocated £500 million to re-design the British passport […]

Docs Not Cops take action against border enforcement in the NHS

By Evan Luckes @OnlyMeNursey Evan Luckes is a nurse in the Emergency Department at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. Following Wednesday’s protest by Docs Not Cops against immigration checks in the NHS, he explains why they’re calling for a national campaign of non-compliance.  On Wednesday Docs Not Cops organised a #PatientsNotPassports day of action. We erected a […]

My invisible prison walls become thicker every day

This testimony of the UK’s “hostile environment” comes from Sipho Sibanda, an activist and asylum seeker in Belfast. Of the piece, she says “It came from frustration, seating in a house that’s meant to be a home, feeling lonely and missing the rest of your family and knowing there’s practically nothing you can do about […]