SYMAAG AGM 20th May: Life in the “hostile environment”

“Illegal” ex-Immigration Minister Mark Harper has been appointed Conservative Chief Whip. Harper resigned from his post after he was found to have illegally employed Isabella Acevedo last year. Harper was given another ministerial job days later.

Isabella Acevedo (who Harper employed to clean his flat for £22 per week) was seized by immigration police at her daughter’s wedding, sent to Yarls Wood and deported to Colombia.

Third Parties

Though protests did not stop Isabella’s deportation it became clear, after an unprecedented Home Office admission, that Isabella’s original deportation flight was changed because of “potential disruption by third parties”.

The Dial: Home Office resources to fight "immigration crime"

The Dial: Home Office resources to fight “immigration crime” and resistance from “third parties”.

During the next 5 years the protests and organisation of “third parties” will play a big role in combating the “hostile environment” for “illegal” migrants which Theresa May and the Government aim to construct. May continues as Home Secretary convening meetings of the aptly-named Hostile Environment Working Group    

Come to the SYMAAG Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 20th May 7pm to discuss how we can organise support for migrants’ rights over the next 5 years.

In particular we will look at how to take forward the Don’t Let Them Drown campaign for Mediterranean migrants. The situation is urgent: The UK Government along with other European Union countries is seeking UN backing to send warships to “neutralise” ships to carry migrants across the Mediterranean. Our guest speaker at the AGM is Tesfamhret Tsegazghi from Eritrea who will speak about why people leave countries like Eritrea looking for safety and security in Europe and how we can support them.

The meeting starts at 7pm at Central United Reform Church on Norfolk Street, opposite Crucible Theatre (doors open at 6.30 for a cup of tea).

 

Support Asylum and Migrant Rights on May 7th

We asked the General Election candidates in South Yorkshire if they supported our Asylum and Migrant Rights 6-Point Pledge:

  • Those seeking asylum should have the right to work whilst in the U.K.
  • Replace Azure cards with adequate cash support for asylum seekers whilst in the U.K.
  • End the indefinite detention of asylum seekers and migrants without time limits; and introduce judicial oversight for immigration detention. End the detention of children.
  • Give those seeking asylum full access to healthcare and to English courses.
  • Restore and give adequate legal aid for immigration and asylum cases; and enough time to make legal representations.
  • Keep families together, whatever their income, by abolishing the income threshold for family members’ visas.

These are the candidates who confirmed that they did support the six pledges for the 2015 General Election:

Candidate

Constituency

Party

Peter Garbutt

Sheffield Hallam

Green

Jillian Creasy

Sheffield Central

Green

Mike Driver

Sheffield Central

Workers Revolutionary Party

Louise Haigh

Sheffield Heeley

Labour

Rita Wilcock

Sheffield Heeley

Green

Alan Munro

Sheffield Heeley

Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition (TUSC)

Ian Whitehouse

Sheffield South East

TUSC

Maxine Bowler

Sheffield Hillsborough & Brightside

TUSC

Dave Gibson

Barnsley Central

TUSC

You can find out more about the parties’ policies on asylum and migrant rights at

With thanks to Migrants Rights Network

 

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What the Candidates Said Last Time…

For your information, the table below shows the responses to a similar Asylum and Migrant Rights Election Pledge in the 2010 General Election. Those candidates marked with * indicates those who are standing again in the election and who supported some or all of the 2010 Pledge but did not in 2015.

 

Constituency Candidate Party
Sheffield Hallam Nick Clegg * Liberal Democrat
Sheffield Hallam Steve Barnard Green
Sheffield Hallam Martin Fitzpatrick Independent
Sheffield Central Jillian Creasy Green
Sheffield Central Paul Scriven Liberal Democrat
Sheffield Brightside Maxine Bowler Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
Sheffield Heeley Simon Clement-Jones* Liberal Democrat
Sheffield Attercliffe Clive Betts * Labour
Rotherham Rebecca Taylor Liberal Democrat
Rother Valley Kevin Barron * Labour
Barnsley Central Eric Illsley Labour
Barnsley East John Brown Liberal Democrat

 

Whatever the result of the election one thing is for certain: the fight for life and dignity for migrants will continue. We hope you will join with us and other asylum and migrant rights groups in doing this.

Our Annual General Meeting will be held in Sheffield on Wednesday May 20th 7pm at the Central United Reform Church on Norfolk Street, Sheffield. Get involved.

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