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
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
A new report from the Jesuit Refugee Service has called for the abolition of the “cruel and inhumane” practice of immigration detention.read more
On 13 June, take action against airport expansion, in solidarity with those detained in the Heathrow detention centres, and resist plans to build Europe’s largest detention centre in their place.read more
TWMF Yorkshire campaigners write on their extreme concern about the safety of those who remain in immigration detention under Covid-19 and why the government take action now.read more
The Right to Remain Toolkit has information and advice to help people at risk of detention, and their friends, family and supporters.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
The government spends around £164 million on detention every year. The human cost is immeasurable.
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.