Many years ago, back in the mid-nineties, I was employed for a number of years as an immigration officer. It was a deeply unpleasant job on many levels, not least because our task was to enforce immigration policies that essentially existed to prevent certain kinds of people from passing through our borders; those who were likely to find work illegally or to overstay...
Ultimately, the decision to refuse Nigella Lawson entry to the US reflects the uglier side of its immigration legislation. It was apparently arbitrary; Lawson's behaviour suggests that she had no prior indication of the Border Agency's decision...
Cameron appears to have frantically scribbled the policy on a napkin as he watched the local election results come in. Since his party's woeful performance, he has suddenly become more jittery about immigration than Captain Hook was about ticking clocks.
We are in a high security wing of Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre, just outside Heathrow Airport, to run an advice workshop. Often, we find people with urgent needs for advice and advocacy. But today, almost everyone I see is an asylum-seeker on the Detained Fast Track, which means that there is little that we can do to help.
There are many ways to resign: with dignity, anger, absence, humour... alcohol (all five if you want to go out in style). But with a cake?
Capita seemed to have a sure-fire guarantee that money was there to be made out of this deal. All they had to do was contact the individuals concerned, either by old-fashioned letter or text message, telling them it was time to go, and they'd be paid a commission.
Compassion and immigration control have appeared as unreconcilable concepts since Theresa May's appointment as Home Secretary. Ever since she took office in 2010, Ms. May has appeared determined to respond to the tabloids' cries that the UK is letting in too many immigrants.
At the heart of the Abu Qatada case is a dispiriting lesson for those relying on the UK's once honourable track record as a haven for dissidents: the rich, famous, notorious or powerful still have a better chance of justice.
The UK Border Agency is once again being slammed by the Home Affairs Select Committee in their report out today. And rightly so.
The coalition government, under the auspices of the UK Border Agency (UKBA), is transforming universities from places of discovery and learning into border checkpoints where the constant surveillance and monitoring of students--foreign and domestic alike--is a core part of every university's mission.
It all started harmlessly enough two weeks ago at Heathrow. I checked my bag in with the somnambulant customer services agent at the Aer Lingus desk a...
Asylum seekers are those, in the main, who are escaping war and/or have stood up to tyranny and injustice from their rulers. They are courageous people that need to be admired, not vilified.
Theresa May is right to have highlighted the need to reform the way foreign national prisoners are dealt with. If she is truly determined to root out unfairness in the current system, however, her concerns should lie with increasing the opportunities available to this group to understand and exercise their rights, and not with limiting their ability to access justice still further.
I am proud of this country and of the liberties we enjoy. I am proud that we give a safe haven to those fleeing persecution. I am also proud that Britain is seen as a beacon of freedom and opportunity and that so many people would wish to pursue their lives here.
Theresa May's appalling handling of the whole Borders Agency muddle over the last fortnight shows she has a touch of James Murdoch about her.