TAKE ACTION: we have to stop in-person immigration reporting
People across the UK are being forced to attend in-person reporting at Home Office premises right now, in spite of the record levels of Covid-19 infections and deaths in the UK.
It's unsafe, unnecessary, and it has to stop.TAKE ACTION NOW
People are being taken from our communities and locked up in prison-like detention centres, without time limit, with no idea of when they might be released.
They just don't have the correct immigration papers.
This is unacceptable.
This has to end.
Letter to Home Secretary Priti Patel – No More Reporting!
We are Voice for Voiceless Immigration Detainees Yorkshire, last week we wrote to the Home Secretary about in-person signing and reporting, and ask that it is stopped for good.read more
We’ve been winning the battle against detention. But we must keep up the pressure
We have achieved so much in the struggle to end immigration detention in Britain. How did we get here, and how do we go further? Jerome Phelps, writing at the Detention Forum blog.read more
Solidarity with the people in Brook House detention centre
Our message to people inside Brook House, who are struggling, is: be strong. We on the outside are fighting for you. We need you outside, we need you to come and help us, fight this system together. You know you are not alone.read more
Victory! Morton Hall Detention Centre to close – statement and responses
Campaigners speak in response to today’s announcement that Morton Hall Detention Centre is to close.read more
Immigration Bill in parliament: The detention time limit amendment(s)
An amendment to the Immigration Bill would bring a time limit on how long people can be detained under immigration rules. This sounds positive, but there are some issues that need clearing upread more
HOW ARE WE GOING TO END DETENTION?
A people-powered network
These Walls Must Fall is a growing network of groups, organisations, communities, people. People from all sorts of backgrounds but with one thing in common: a determination to end the injustice of immigration detention.
People are pushing the campaign through their community groups, voluntary organisations, charities, trade unions, activist groups, faith communities, student societies, sports clubs... the list keeps growing!
When you have these people, groups, organisations, communities, acting together, it all adds up to some serious people power. This is what it will take to convince the politicians that they must act to shut down the detention centres.
There are lots of ways that you can get involved in the These Walls Must Fall campaign.
To start off, sign up here. to show your support and receive campaign updates and alerts, national and in your area. And if you are a member of a community or faith group, a trade union, a political party or any kind of group or organisation, see if they can add their support to the campaign.
See the TAKE ACTION page for background information and campaigning materials.
Look out for campaign news and events in your area, spread the word on social media, with the #TheseWallsMustFall hashtag, and get in touch with questions, ideas, thoughts and suggestions
Worried about detention?
The Right to Remain Toolkit has information and advice to help people at risk of detention, and their friends, family and supporters.
What is detention?
Immigration detention is the government policy of locking up people who do not (yet) have leave to remain in the UK, or whose leave to remain has expired. Detention is like prison, people are locked up by guards, behind bars and barbed wire. It's a dark part of the immigration and asylum system.
28,000 people are detained every year
Up to 3,000 people are in detention at any one time, and many thousands more are at risk of being detained any day, without warning.
There is no time limit on detention
This means that when someone is detained they do not know if it will be for weeks, months, or years. Britain is the only country in Europe without a time limit.
Most people are eventually released - so why detain?
The majority of people in detention are eventually released into the community to continue their immigration or asylum applications, begging the question: why detain them in the first place?
Detention causes serious harm
Independent research has shown that detention causes harm to people's physical and mental health. Vulnerable people deteriorate in detention, and people who were not vulnerable before become vulnerable.
Detention is outrageously expensive
The government spends around £164 million on detention every year. The human cost is immeasurable.
Detention cannot be justified
Immigration detention involves violence and fear and trauma. It is a wholly unnecessary, unjustifiable practice, one of the most harmful aspects of the UK's "hostile environment" for migrants and a shameful civil rights abuse that cannot be ignored.