Offenders being deported are 'our criminals' - not Jamaica's, claims immigration expert

Windrush

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Deportation flights sending foreign national offenders to Jamaica will result in a repeat of the Windrush scandal, immigration expert Satbir Singh has claimed.

The chief executive of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants appeared on the breakfast show to discuss new government plans to restart deportation charter flights for the first time since Windrush.

Around 50 foreign nationals, all of whom have criminal convictions, are expected to be deported in the coming weeks.

 

 

"It's exactly the same sort of scenario as we saw with Windrush. Lots of people who have been here for  a very long time, who have a right to British citizenship, they have a right to be here," Mr Singh told Julia Hartley-Brewer.

"It doesn't matter if you have a right to be here, it matter if you've got the paperwork and that's a real shame."

There have been reports that some of the people being deported came to the UK as children, or are parents of British children.

 

'They are our criminals'

"If someone has committed a crime they are our criminals. They are part of our society. They are our problem," Mr Singh said.

"They have served their sentence and they have been rehabilitated. They've got children here."

He added: "We don't always know who is on these flights. They're very secretive and that's not really how something that the state is doing should work."