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Deportation of homeless EU migrants is racist and degrading - Gildernew

14 December, 2017 - by Michelle Gildernew

​Fermanagh South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew has said British Home Office policy of deporting foreign-born rough sleepers was racist and degrading, following a British High Court decision outlawing the draconian practice.

Michelle Gildernew MP said:

"This now prohibited British Home Office policy is a clear sign of the contempt and xenophobia which runs through the British government's treatment of the poor and vulnerable. A home is a universal human right.

"Fundamental European human rights safeguards, which are now threatened by Brexit, would protect citizens in the north from racist and aggressive policies of this kind. 

"If this policy was a signal of how the British government plan to treat migrants post-Brexit, all of society in the north of Ireland must rally to defend the vulnerable from these attacks regardless of their nation of birth."

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